Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE criticized CNN for using a split screen Monday night that showed him addressing reporters in the Rose Garden as protesters were pushed out of Lafayette Square across from the White House at the same time.

CNN played audio during the split screen that mixed Trump's remarks with the sounds from the park, which Trump said couldn't be heard in the Rose Garden. 

"Fake News. Couldn’t hear them during speech!" the president tweeted to his more than 81 million followers.


A former CNN producer, Steve Krakauer, also criticized the split screen as "deceptive."

"Unbelievable deception from CNN during Trump’s Rose Garden address," wrote Krakauer, who pens a daily media newsletter called Fourth Watch. "They showed DC protests in a double box (like MSNBC), but kept the sound up on each to make it seem like you could hear the protesters clashing with police while Trump spoke. Just journalistic malpractice."

Split screens are often used by cable news to show when two things are happening at the same time, such as stock market changes during a presidential speech or a congressional vote.

It's also not clear the president was correct that none of the sounds from the clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square could not be heard by reporters in the Rose Garden. Noisy flash-bang grenades were used to disperse crowds. 


The Hill has reached out to CNN for a comment.

Trump frequently feuds with CNN, and his campaign was highlighting Krakauer's remarks.

Trump 2020 Rapid Response Director Matt Wolking retweeted Krakauer while accusing CNN of "doctoring the news," which prompted Trump's quote-tweeting of Wolking.