At a rally in Tupelo, Mississippi last week, President Donald Trump hit his usual talking (shouting?) points:
- defaming his critics
- dismissing constitutionally enshrined oversight
- and—of course—railing against a free press.
This time, the target was a familiar one—CNN.
As Trump was decrying Anderson Cooper, one of the network's most familiar faces, he claimed the light on a CNN camera shut off, implying that the network stopped broadcasting the rally when he began insulting it.
CNN's cameras don't feature lights that turn on and off when recording, nor does the network broadcast Trump's rallies live.
In a statement on its website, CNN pointed out that its photojournalist never stopped recording and that CNN, like most networks, wasn't broadcasting his rally.
The network then pointed out the pattern in Trump's obvious lie.
"Trump did not make an innocent mistake: this is at least the eighth time as President he has made a baseless claim about the lights on television cameras being turned off as he has criticized the media. We think it's especially egregious: it's the President looking at his devotees and deceiving them about something happening in that very room."
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale concurred.
When contrasted with facts, the claim is ridiculous but, sadly, par for the course for Trump.
@ddale8 Facts are not fun for him, fantasy he can sell.— RR Seattle (@RR Seattle) 1572715025.0
@ddale8 He lies period— Maw Maw (@Maw Maw) 1572722935.0
@ddale8 The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command -George Orwell 1984— Brent Elliott White (@Brent Elliott White) 1572715216.0
@ddale8 A news flash would be if he actually got through five minutes of speaking without lying. This is what he a… https://t.co/PHOJlaF7MV— stillngam 🌿🌸👒 (@stillngam 🌿🌸👒) 1572710317.0
@ddale8 Who we going to believe? Him or our lying eyes.— James Withers (@James Withers) 1572710349.0
Also standard was the willingness of the President's supporters to believe him.
@ddale8 @jcmarycal What's scary is they believe his propaganda - I had one scream at me spouting all twumps lies ca… https://t.co/gpi8DMeAmy— Delia Cummings - best advise -shut up and listen (@Delia Cummings - best advise -shut up and listen) 1572714219.0
@ddale8 And people believe him. This is right out of #1984, which I just finished re-reading. This is scary. You ca… https://t.co/yEZRs9HJ1A— Lini Kadaba (@Lini Kadaba) 1572713720.0
Trump is set to hold a rally in Kentucky tonight, where he'll likely make similar claims.
The President also has lied about climate change. The CNN documentary Planet in Peril is available here.