Reminding the American people that he’ll always keep his word—provided you don’t mind it coming late, glitchy, and centered entirely in his own ego, spite, and indulgence of petty grudges—Donald Trump debuted his “Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards” tonight. (You can always tell an awards show is highly-anticipated when it contains the words “highly-anticipated” in its name.)
The poll contains all of the usual suspects in the Trump mockery stakes, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and even Buzzfeed. (Also Fox News, which we have to assume was included in a nod toward bipartisan media bashing.) But there’s also a big, empty space for write-in candidates at the bottom, where we’re sure folks like Stephen Colbert and his fellow late-night hosts will be happy to duke it out.
Is this a big stupid distraction? Obviously. Will participating in it do anything but give Trump numbers to crow about, regardless of how many people write his own name in as “The King Of Fake News”? Nope. And yet, the platform itself is such a triumph of ugly web design and bad UI—please take note of that truly excellent 404 page above—that we can’t help but let Trump’s latest demonstration of his impotent rage light a little fire in our black and twisted hearts.