The Failing New York Times has a new publisher, A.G. Sulzberger. Congratulations! Here is a last chance for the Times to fulfill the vision of its Founder, Adolph Ochs, "to give the news impartially, without fear or FAVOR, regardless of party, sect, or interests involved." Get...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
....impartial journalists of a much higher standard, lose all of your phony and non-existent "sources," and treat the President of the United States FAIRLY, so that the next time I (and the people) win, you won't have to write an apology to your readers for a job poorly done! GL— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
And then Tuesday evening, perhaps feeling left out of the looming awards season—The 75th annual Golden Globes will air this coming Sunday—he announced his own show:
I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o'clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
We have so many questions, including:
• Who will dominate? CNN? The New York Times? The Washington Post?
• A little more than a year ago, Trump called BuzzFeed "a failing pile of garbage." Could BuzzFeed pull an upset and upstage the established big media players?
• Are individual reporters eligible?
• Could Meryl Streep win something? She plays Katherine Graham, the legendary publisher of The Washington Post, in the likely awards-magnet drama "The Post." Trump has, of course, previously bashed both the Post and Streep (calling her "overrated"). If he saw "The Post" (or more likely, just skimmed some tweets about it), it seems entirely possible that Trump may not be fully aware that Meryl Streep is not actually the publisher of the newspaper he hates so much—and that could lead to a, uh, win-win for Streep and the Post.
• Will Trump personally announce the awards? Should reporters arrive at the event—presuming it's some kind of press conference—in gowns and tuxedos?
• If Trump personally serves as the master of ceremonies, should he close the event by, perhaps, handing a single red rose to a news organization that he actually loves? (Better have an acceptance speech prepared just in case, Fox News.)