Aug 27, 2020 - Politics & Policy

CNN adds second chyron to fact-check Trump's RNC speech

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CNN debuted a new chyron on Thursday to fact-check Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in real-time.

Why it matters: News networks have faced sustained criticism for airing Trump speeches and press conferences live, instead of layering on more fact-checking.

Details: The company added the additional black and white "Facts First" fact-check chyron several times throughout the president's speech.

  • One chyron fact-checked the president's comments about Democratic nominee Joe Biden's commitment to stopping the coronavirus.
  • Another fact-checked the president's comments about the country's progress on defeating COVID-19.

The big picture: For the first three nights of the convention, CNN and MSNBC fact-checked many of the speeches using different tactics, like breaking away from speeches to have analysts fact-check claims, or showing fact-check graphics on the screen.

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