Stephen Colbert is so serious about winning President Donald Trump’s "Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards" that he ended up buying a billboard in New York’s Times Square asking the president to consider him and his show on all categories.
The “For Your Consideration” ad is similar to advertisements we often see pop up during award season.
The talk show host announced his decision to lobby the president to pick him during his Wednesday night show.
On Tuesday, Trump told Twitter he was announcing the winners for his "Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards" on Monday, adding that subjects would cover “Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media.”
The next day, Colbert told his audience that he was not going to be watching the Golden Globes, he was going to be “glued to” Trump’s little anti-media “show.”
"You know, folks, it’s awards season," Colbert said. "Sunday’s the Golden Globes — I'm not nominated, don't watch — but on Monday there's an awards show everyone's going to be glued to.”
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
“Oh, I will be,” Colbert said. “I can’t take my eyes off any part of your presidency. It’s like watching a snake swallow democracy.”
Using the hashtag #TheFakies, Colbert shared his “For Your Consideration” ad on Twitter, asking the president to nominate him for the “Fakest Dishonesty,” “Smallest Button,” and “Least Breitbarty” nominations, as well as six others.
When defending his bid for the nominations, Colbert told the audience that being chosen would be an honor. After all, “nothing gives you more credibility than Donald Trump calling you a liar, and I, of course, don’t want to get snubbed.”
But whether Trump listens to Colbert and ends up nominating him for any or all of his “fake news” awards or not, it’s clear that the president is not the No. 1 fan of the First Amendment and what it entails, having sued, or at least threatened to sue, many news organizations and journalists for doing their jobs.
Seeing him use his position and fame to drag media outlets through the mud the way he’s been doing will only solidify the idea that he’s truly the No. 1 enemy of the free press.
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