During this election in particular, we’ve seen several networks try to fact-check Donald Trump’s numerous lies right as they happen, and it’s resulted in some pretty amazing chyrons that we’ve never before seen. Because although we never needed these chyrons half as badly in previous presidential elections, Trump has proven that they’re needed more than ever.
Today on MSNBC, the cable network one-upped their fact-checking game to call the Republican nominee out in a particularly sassy way. While Trump was criticizing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for being “in hiding” after reports suggested that there might have been corruption involved in the Clinton Foundation, MSNBC pulled up a screen to let everyone know that this was just another one of Trump’s lies – the former secretary of state would soon be making a very public speech. The chyron said, along with an overlaying box of Clinton coverage:
“TRUMP: CLINTON IS IN HIDING (SPEAKING NEXT HOUR)”
You can watch this brilliant moment below – it’s truly the stuff that good news is made of:
As we’ve seen networks fact-check and sass Trump time and time again, it’s clear that nothing feels better than calling Trump out and showing everyone how much of a dumbass he is. It doesn’t take much to expose Trump, but when it happens it must be rewarding every single time.
Thanks to the GOP’s disastrous candidate, real-time fact-checking has become an important part of reporting the news. For example, CNN put The Donald on blast when they exposed him for denying the fact that he’d said Japan should have nuclear weapons:
Here’s yet another epic Trump burn by MSNBC, catching Trump literally referring to video footage that doesn’t even exist:
Without a doubt, it must be equally amusing and exhausting to be faced with the task of correcting all of Trump’s lies – but it’s certainly much appreciated by the American public. Not only do these fact checkers keep amazing track of all the lies that Trump spews in any given day, but they continue to make it harder for uneducated Trump supporters to claim false information about their candidate – unless they’re getting their information from Fox News, of course.
These fact checks and chyrons tell America just how tired and exasperated journalists and news anchors are of Trump, and we don’t blame them. It’s been proven that out of all the things that come out of Donald Trump’s mouth, only about 4% of it is actually true – so that’s a lot of fact-checking that needs to be done. And with all the flip-flopping that the business mogul does every time he says something too controversial, it’s amazing that anyone can keep track. In fact, Trump has been so dishonest and shady, he was awarded PolitiFact’s 2015 Lie of the Year.
As we gear up toward the general election, we can only expect to see more creative, hilarious chyrons and graphics across our screens trying to keep Trump’s stories straight. These people deserve a medal, for giving us all something to laugh about while a racist bigot runs for President of the United States.
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