Donald Trump launches attack on news networks 'not including Fox' for 'corrupt' presidential reporting

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Donald Trump has suggested that a contest should be held as to which television network covers him in the most "dishonest, corrupt and or/distorted" way, as he has again labelled many of the outlets "fake news".

It is one of a number of attacks by the president against the media coverage he receives, with the most vitriolic coming back in August when he called the assembled journalists "truly dishonest" and "sick people"

In the tweet the President singled out Fox News from competing for the so-called "Fake news trophy." The right-leaning television outlet has been supportive of the President for the most part.

He also made sure to specifically mention CNN, which Mr Trump has hit out against several times.

In July, the President retweeted a user's video of footage from one of Mr Trump's appearances on World Wrestling Entertainment's programme in 2007. During it, Mr Trump body slams WWE owner Vince McMahon who has the CNN logo superimposed over his face.

Mr Trump also used the term "your favourite president," a moniker he has used a number of times recently - despite his historically-low approval ratings telling a different story.

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Mr Trump has spent the Thanksgiving break down in Florida at his Mar-a-Lago resort which he has called the "winter White House" - but the tweeting did not stop.

The president also mocked NBC’s Morning Joe for airing a pre-taped segment the day after Thanksgiving. “The good news is that their ratings are terrible, nobody cares!” he wrote. Mr Trump, once considered a friend of the programme's hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, has been in a feud of sorts with them.

In June, he also tweeted disparaging remarks about the show and Ms Brzezinski allegedly "bleeding from a face lift."

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He also tweeted over the weekend about the administration's "accomplishments" - a retweet of an account called "MAGA Pill" in reference to the Trump campaign slogan "Make America Great Again."

Mr Trump wrote that "even I didn’t realize we did so much. Wish the Fake News would report!"

Another weekend tweet also targeted CNN once again, this time its international news arm.

He wrote that the network "represent[s] our Nation to the WORLD very poorly."

The communications team swiftly hit back, tweeting that it was the President's job to represent the country to the world, not the network's.

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