The Committee to Protect Journalists trolls Trump with ‘Press Oppressors Awards’

President Donald Trump made headlines this week when he announced on Twitter he would be giving out awards for “dishonest” and “corrupt media” on Monday — but now the media is pushing back.

In response, the Committee to Protect Journalists announced plans to give out “awards” to those around the world who oppress journalists — and they’re going to do it at the same time as Trump’s planned attack on the media.

“CPJ will be announcing THE GLOBAL PRESS OPPRESSORS AWARDS on Monday at 5:00pm,” the Committee to Protect Journalists tweeted on Friday. “Subjects will cover Thinnest Skinned & Outrageous Use of Laws, in various categories for world leaders. Stay tuned!”

The CPJ not only included Trump’s announcement in its tweet, but also added the hashtags: “#TheFakies,” “#PressFreedom” and “#PressOppressors.”

President Trump has had a rocky relationship with the media since the campaign trail, and has often called any reports he doesn’t like “fake news.” Trump also previously threatened an investigation into revoking broadcast licenses for news networks.

“I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!”

Trump’s “MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR” isn’t his first attempt at deriding the free press via a competition. In the past, he suggested a competition to determine which network “is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me).”

At the end of 2017, Trump even sent an email to his supporters asking them to help him award a “KING OF FAKE NEWS” before the end of the year.

“Americans are sick and tired of being lied to, insulted, and treated with outright condescension,” the email said. “That’s why President Trump is crowning the 2017 KING OF FAKE NEWS before the end of the year.”