CNN ran fact-check graphics while broadcasting White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders's press briefing on Tuesday.
The network aired on-screen "Facts First" graphics highlighting aspects of the government's climate change report while Sanders discussed the report's findings.
“Climate change report involved 300 scientists, 12 federal agencies,” the graphic read. “Co-author: not paid for report.”
“Open for review and transparency before publishing,” another CNN graphic read, describing the report.
Sanders claims that the climate report by the Trump administration is "not based on facts" pic.twitter.com/Ga6peti5OB— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 27, 2018
Sanders during the briefing dismissed the findings of the report from scientists within the Trump administration, which warned of the anticipated consequences of climate change. She claimed that the report was “not based on facts.”
“We think that this is the most extreme version and it’s not based on facts,” she said. “It’s not data driven. We’d like to see something that is more data driven. It’s based on modeling, which is extremely hard to do when you’re talking about the climate.”
Sanders maintained that President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE is “certainly leading on what matters most in this process” and said the president is being a “leader” on that front.
CNN host Brooke Baldwin elaborated on the on-screen bullet points after Sanders finished the briefing, her first in roughly a month.
“Fact,” Baldwin interjected. “The report four years in the making involved 300 leading climate change scientists in 13 federal agencies. That is the president’s own federal government.”
Baldwin said it was “false” for Sanders to suggest that the climate report was based on only extreme scenarios, saying the analysis ranged from best to worst climate outcomes.
CNN's press briefing fact-check:— Lis Power (@LisPower1) November 27, 2018
"Fact: The report 4 years in the making involved 300 leading climate change scientists in 13 federal agencies. That is the president's own federal government. Fact: It is false of anyone to suggest the report was only based on extreme scenarios" pic.twitter.com/ByCjhkU7JG
The latest congressionally mandated report, released every four years under the National Climate Assessment, concluded that climate change could cost the U.S. billions of dollars annually within decades if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t dramatically reduced and could worsen environmental disasters like wildfires and flooding.
Social media users on Tuesday applauded CNN, which is a frequent target of the president, for fact-checking the administration’s claims:
An interesting approach by CNN here - putting actual facts in a big box beside Sarah Sanders. Would be worth exploring this kind of Factual Pop-Up Video for Trump's own speeches. https://t.co/FrpvfSviT5— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 27, 2018
Bravo to @CNN for the pop up fact box next to lyin @PressSec at the fake press conference today. I think other channels should follow suit or not air them at all. If all they r going to do is lie it’s detrimental to the American ppl. #CNN #SarahSanders— Resistance_Erin (@resistance_erin) November 27, 2018
Great to see CNN inserting a new "FACTS FIRST" box alongside congenital liar -Sarah Huckster Sanders- during her so-called "press conferences."— Nolan Dalla (@nolandalla) November 27, 2018
Here's an even better idea:
Bring back *Mystery Sci-Fi Theatre* with the smart-ass talking puppets. pic.twitter.com/IFVAkJikPj
Thank you @CNN for fact checking @PressSec Sarah Huckabee Sanders in real-time. Her lies have gone unchecked for way too long and it made today’s press briefing a little more bearable and truthful. pic.twitter.com/FQXW6HW9JK— Ryan Knight (@ProudResister) November 27, 2018
In a groundbreaking move, CNN fact checks Sarah Sanders live on screen during press briefing as she lies from the podium. pic.twitter.com/7vJv0FSEfJ— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) November 27, 2018