CNN split its screen to run a fact-checking graphic alongside White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ briefing on Tuesday.
A “Facts First” box listing key points about the government’s new National Climate Assessment flashed up as Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s rejection of the report, which was released over the Thanksgiving weekend and predicted that the U.S. faces warming of at least 3 more degrees this century.
Check out the clip here:
Sanders claims that the climate report by the Trump administration is "not based on facts" pic.twitter.com/Ga6peti5OB— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 27, 2018
CNN’s bullet points did not exactly call out Sanders’ questionable claims in real time. But they did serve to note the difference between the authority of the report, which involved 300 scientists and 13 federal agencies, and the Trump administration’s dismissal of its findings.
The network’s stance was well received on Twitter:
An interesting approach by CNN here - putting actual facts in a big box beside Sarah Sanders. Would be worth exploring this kind of Factual Pop-Up Video for Trump's own speeches. https://t.co/FrpvfSviT5— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 27, 2018
Great to see CNN inserting a new "FACTS FIRST" box alongside congenital liar -Sarah Huckster Sanders- during her so-called "press conferences."— Nolan Dalla (@nolandalla) November 27, 2018
Here's an even better idea:
Bring back *Mystery Sci-Fi Theatre* with the smart-ass talking puppets. pic.twitter.com/IFVAkJikPj
Bravo to @CNN for the pop up fact box next to lyin @PressSec at the fake press conference today. I think other channels should follow suit or not air them at all. If all they r going to do is lie it’s detrimental to the American ppl. #CNN#SarahSanders— Resistance_Erin (@resistance_erin) November 27, 2018
In a groundbreaking move, CNN fact checks Sarah Sanders live on screen during press briefing as she lies from the podium. pic.twitter.com/7vJv0FSEfJ— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) November 27, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.