“You hate me, you really hate me.”
That may well be Stephen Colbert’s acceptance speech if President Donald Trump makes good on his promise (threat?) to hold an awards program recognizing excellence in the field of “fake news.”
Trump tweeted about the idea Tuesday night, announcing plans to announce “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR” on Jan. 8.
Almost immediately, Colbert – Trump’s longtime late-night nemesis – began a lobbying campaign.
“Personally, I’m excited for ‘The Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards of the Year,’ or as we call them in the biz, ‘The Fakies,’ ” Colbert said on his show Wednesday night. “Because nothing gives you more credibility than Donald Trump calling you a liar.
“And I, of course, don’t want to get snubbed.”
The CBS host rented space on a digital billboard in Times Square at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, asking Trump to consider him for numerous awards – including “Corruptest Fakeness” and “Least Breitbarty.”
CBS spokeswoman Lauren Kamm said the “For Your Consideration . . .” plea will appear on the billboard through the weekend, leading up to Trump’s event Monday.
“See you on the red carpet, @AndersonCooper,” Colbert tweeted, adding a custom hashtag: “#TheFakies.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday to expect an actual awards show, but did not say whether it would be televised, or whether journalists would be invited.
“I certainly don’t want to spoil anything, but my guess is that there are quite a few individuals that could be up for those awards,” she said at a White House press briefing. “And beyond that, I think we’ll have to see what happens on Monday.”
(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Alex Horton