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Monday, 17 July 2017 19:39

Let's cool it with the snarky cable news headlines

Written by  Becket Adams

Newsrooms need to keep their hard news reporting and commentary separated. People distrust this industry enough as is without the latter bleeding more into the former.

So let's cool it with the snarky on-air fact checks during news programming hours.

Save that stuff for the opinion shows.

We're looking at you, MSNBC and CNN.

This trend started in around June 2016 after President Trump denied suggesting Japan should have nuclear weapons.

CNN ran an on-air headline soon after that read, "Trump: I never said Japan should have nukes (he did)."

Later, after Eric Trump claimed his father had apologized to a Gold Star family, CNN ran this headline: "Trump's son: Father apologized to Khans (he hasn't)."

MSNBC got in on the fun later with a chyron that read, "Trump says he watched (nonexistent) video of Iran receiving cash."

CNN continued the thread not long after with a headline reading, "Trump calls Obama founder of ISIS (he's not)."

On Monday, MSNBC scored a twofer:

First, "Trump lawyer: Secret service ‘allowed these people in' to meeting (secret service: We didn't).'"

And then it ran this needlessly antagonistic chyron Monday as Trump touted his "Made in America" initiative: "Trump: Made in America ‘means the best' (his family's products are mostly made overseas).

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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