President Trump unveiled his highly anticipated “Fake News Awards” in a tweet Wednesday, but the link directed visitors to a Republican National Committee webpage that displayed an error message and appeared to crash from high traffic.
“The site is temporarily offline, we are working to bring it back up. Please try back later,” the error message read.
And the FAKE NEWS winners are…https://t.co/59G6x2f7fD
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018
Social media users were quick to celebrate botched awards ceremony:
Man alive, they made rnc do this bit. And it’s a bad link…https://t.co/mpfiQcd644
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) January 18, 2018
it's amazing that the president unintentionally sometimes provides rousing defenses of the press by creating a fake news awards website that doesn't work
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) January 18, 2018
It's a fine-tuned machine, folks https://t.co/IixiqhjMv0
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) January 18, 2018
404s & Heartbreak pic.twitter.com/YyAZjZdbYF
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 18, 2018
make servers great again
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) January 18, 2018
When you send out the Fake News Awards but it’s a broken link pic.twitter.com/B28rgGv4I4
— Jason Schwartz (@JasonSchwartz) January 18, 2018
This 404 error has really cheapened the spirit of the Fake News Awards.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 18, 2018
this Break The Internet issue of Paper is weird
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) January 18, 2018
President Trump has announced the winners of the Fake News Awards, and they are: pic.twitter.com/nE9KdqPB9G
— Allison Wisk (@allisonwisk) January 18, 2018