Reporting on a Trump rally in Portland, Me. Thursday afternoon, MSNBC used a chyron to throw a quick fact check on the candidate’s claims that he personally watched a video of Iran receiving a sum of $400 million from the U.S.
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) August 4, 2016
Many Republicans, and also Trump, have used reports of the money transfer as a talking point to blast the Obama administration, alleging that the funds were a ransom for Americans detained in Iran, who were subsequently released. The White House maintains that the money was part of a settlement unrelated to the prisoners.
Trump claimed that he had viewed a “top secret” video produced by the Iranian military, showing the money being transferred. U.S. officials said the video did not exist.
“This is video that we have not been able to find, and I can tell you we’ve been spending a lot of time trying to dig it up,” said MSNBC foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin.
This isn’t the first time a cable news network has used chyrons to call out Trump’s bogus remarks as they occur. CNN did it back in June to remind viewers that Trump had in fact said Japan should have nukes, even though he was claiming he hadn’t said it.
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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