During the election, reporters were stressed out about lies coming from all over the place, but in retrospect, those were the halcyon days. Compared to what journalists have to do now to keep on top of the truth, the adjustments that seemed major last July seem almost quaint now.
Consider, for example, CNN’s fact-checking chyrons, which debuted last summer to shock and laughter online. At the time, Poynter heralded them as a pretty big deal. After all, the top half of chyrons is typically used to summarize what is happening during a cable news segment or speech. The move to use them to call out lies was unprecedented.
Now that Donald Trump is president, things are different. Now, when CNN needs to fact-check on-screen, they have to use two levels of the chyron. That bottom level is supposed to be where guests’ names go! It’s for Twitter handles! It’s for job titles! But now, it’s for fact-checking.
In the video above, watch as Sean Spicer insists that Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch wasn’t talking about Trump’s tweets about the judiciary when he said he was “disheartened.” Then, watch as Wolf Blitzer appears on-screen as a chyron across the bottom says this:
WH: GORSUCH WASN’T TALKING ABOUT TRUMP TWEET
Even though White House officials said he was.
What will the future of cable news look like? Will there be an overlay of facts scrolling up the screen like a TelePrompter?
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