CNN called out for (incorrect) onscreen ‘fact check’ of Trump’s claim Obama founded ISIS
CNN is continuing to conduct instantaneous onscreen fact checks during the US presidential campaign – well for one candidate, at least. The network called out Trump for saying Obama was the founder of Islamic State with the caption “he’s not” in brackets.
"Fact-check: al-Baghdadi founded ISIS" pic.twitter.com/Df7NZMxPge— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) 11 августа 2016 г.
Below the catching headline graphic, the station points out this is a fact check, while stating that al-Baghdadi was the founder of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
It wasn’t long, however, until CNN’s “fact check” was trumped by others who noted that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was actually the founder of the terrorist group, while Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is its leader.
Rush Limbaugh Bemoans CNN's "Instant Fact Check" Captions That Call Out Trump's Lies https://t.co/2OASq7HYOc— Oliver Willis (@owillis) 11 августа 2016 г.
The main issue many had with the “factcheck” was not that it was incorrect, but that this practice has been employed on a number of occasions with respect to statements made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but not for Democratic contestant Hillary Clinton.
Has CNN yet done a chyron like that for Hillary? It’s not like there's a shortage of possibilities. https://t.co/uMtiQrm4cs— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) 11 августа 2016 г.
I guess I'm supposed to be impressed w/editoriaizing "fact-check" chyrons CNN now using on Trump. I'm not. It's a shameful double-standard.— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) 11 августа 2016 г.
Even Fox News has called out its rival for its partisan election coverage.
BIAS ALERT: CNN, MSNBC use graphics to fact-check Trump, not Clinton https://t.co/n3RJ9twnmH— Fox News Politics (@foxnewspolitics) 11 августа 2016 г.
Trump himself took to Twitter to address the controversy, dismissing his comments as "sarcasm".
Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) "the founder" of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 12 August 2016
CNN used a similar graphic in June to debunk comments Trump made related to whether Japan should have access to nuclear weapons. “Trump: I never said Japan should have nukes (he did),” the chryon read.
Last week, after Trump’s son Eric claimed that his father had apologized to the family of a fallen soldier for comments he made about their son, CNN headlined the report, “Trump’s son: Father apologized to Khans (He hasn’t).”