ABC's Dan Abrams Applauds Cable Networks Using Chyrons For Real-Time Fact-Checking

Abrams: Failure To Call Out False Claims Has Been “One Of The Big Problems With Cable News”

From the August 7 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:

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BRIAN STELTER (HOST): Speaking of Fox, I haven't seen Fox do this fact-checking thing, but I have seen CNN and MSNBC do it. Let's run some video of fact-checking in the banners on the bottom of the screens on CNN and MSNBC. Couple of examples just from this week. Here's one on MSNBC. “Trump says he watched nonexistent video of Iran receiving cash.” Here's CNN saying, “Trump's son says father apologized to Khans, he hasn't.” Is this a new development in cable news, Dan, to be fact-checking in real time? 

DAN ABRAMS: Well, it's a new development to be doing it in the chyrons. I mean, we've had fact-checking in real time, but it's in the chyrons. And, look, I say bravo to these networks for doing it. Why? Because I think one of the great sins of cable news is that we tend to make everything two sided. We ask questions like “some say,” or “critics will say,” except that the answer is it's just not true. And if it's not true, let's call it not true. Let's call it in the chyron. Let's call it when we're asking the questions, et cetera. And I think that's one of the big problems with cable news. 


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