Dictionary.Com got in the troll-the-lie game Wednesday, using MSNBC’s “Hitler gassed millions” fact-checking of Sean Spicer chyron as an example of chyron.
After MSNBC used their chyron to fact-check Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s inaccurate claims about Hitler not using gas on his own people, Dictionary.com wrote of chyron, “Ex.: @MSNBC used a chyron to clarify: Hitler did in fact kill millions using toxic gas.”
Chyron: text-based graphic https://t.co/0ML1bSUB5b
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) April 12, 2017
Here’s another example of MSNBC’s chyron:
On Tuesday Spicer tried to argue that even Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons, “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
MSNBC corrected Spicer on-screen when he falsely claimed that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II.
Sean Spicer issued a clarification of his press briefing via a pool report sent to PoliticusUSA Tuesday, “In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.”
MSNBC’s chyron was so good, the dictionary couldn’t resist using it as an example of a chyron. It’s also an excellent example of how to deal with an administration whose lies permeate and pollute our environment before they can be fact-checked.
(Hitler gassed millions)
Image: MSNBC, via Twitter/ Jennifer Bendery tweet
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