CNN makes creative attempt to fact-check Donald Trump’s speech during live broadcast

CNN's act is being hailed as victory-in-disguise for objective journalism.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 6, 2016 6:47 pm
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Mainstream journalism has received a lot of flak for sensationalist, biased and under-researched reporting. It has also been accused of playing favourites — heavily tilting influence in favour of, or against, an individual, a political party or a corporation. CNN — like most other American media outlets — has been accused of giving Donald Trump too much coverage. One can’t contest that considering how frequently Donald Trump makes comments that go viral.

However, CNN seems to be trying to make amends now. Since one can’t edit footage as it’s broadcast live, CNN got creative. It used its chyron — the text-based video graphic that appears on the lower area of the screen — for fact-checking Trump’s speech.

Watch the video here.

The issue at hand here was one of Trump’s comments (perceived as insensitive, yet again) that Japan should build a nuclear arsenal, to which POTUS Barack Obama’s response was, “The person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean peninsula or the world generally.” Japan is the only country in the world to have been victim of a nuclear attack and is insistent on not arming itself with nuclear weapons.

The chyron in the live speech added ‘(he did)’ next to his claim that he never said Japan should have nukes. The video also contains a clip from the interview in which he made the infamous comment, twice, in fact, after being given a chance to clarify by the anchor. CNN’s move is being seen as a victory-in-disguise for objective journalism and Twitter, of course, can’t stop rubbing hands in glee.

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