The same scenario plays out almost every single time: The White House hears about a major news story that is about to break when they are contacted for comment. Then, like clockwork, Trump goes on a Twitter tirade that is supposed to create a distraction, presumably. It could be coincidence, but it happens in that sequence nearly every time. (We will list examples in a future article.)
Trump announced days ago that he would be handing out “fake news” awards on Monday at 5pm, which is one of the most bizarre things he’s done to date regarding the media. Why was it so important that it happen on Monday at 5? Couldn’t this happen on any day or time?
He followed up with “The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!”
He’s not only invented his own awards ceremony, he also had to reschedule it. But, why?
If history serves, Trump is trying to schedule this insane distraction at a specific time in hopes of trying to grab people’s attention from something big coming from the media. Perhaps Trump and his handlers were told the news would break Monday, but then later learned it would be rescheduled, therefore Trump had to reschedule his distraction.
What’s coming? We aren’t absolutely sure. Maybe it’s nothing, but time will tell. It’s just very odd that Trump is going to such lengths to steal the spotlight. Don’t be surprised if a major bombshell drops on Wednesday, January 17th.
That’s our theory anyway, but here’s something rooted in 100% fact:
Trump’s “Fake News” awards could land his White House staff in legal trouble.
“WARNING to White House staff: the president may be exempt from the rules at 5 CFR § 2635.701 et seq. on misuse of position BUT YOU ARE NOT. If you help @potus with the below, you risk violating §§ 702, 704 & 705 forbidding use of gov time & $$$ to harm some media & aid others,” Norm Eisen, President Barack Obama’s former ethics czar, tweeted on Jan. 7.
“Hey @PressSec & @RajShah45, Norm is right. If you or ANY WH staffers work on this or post it on the WH website, it will be a violation of the Standards of Conduct. Beware of laws on using federal appropriations too, if there are any visuals, certificates, handouts, or trophies,” Shaub tweeted.
PolitiFact reports: Eisen said the White House staff risks violating federal ethics rules if they participate in Donald Trump’s “fake news awards.”
Two experts, who practiced government ethics at the highest levels, said participation by White House staffers would violate federal ethics rules. Trump, for the record, is exempt. They added that the president and his administration’s pattern of playing favorites among media outlets raises First Amendment issues that would subject this event to heightened scrutiny by ethics officials.
We rate this statement True.