CNNFactCheck: CNN butt of Twitter jokes for fact checking SNL skit
CNN has become the butt of a running joke meme on Twitter for its lame fact-check criticism of the Saturday Night Live skit which lampooned President Obama for making too many promises that he has yet to keep.
Twitter users are among those wondering why a supposedly serious network like CNN felt obliged to respond to a sketch comedy show on Obama’s behalf, especially with a fact-check that itself did not tell the whole truth (according to CNN’s fact check, Obamacare is on course and on par with Obama’s lofty promises).
Twitter users have played up CNN’s silliness by creating a hashtag -- Twitter-speak for search term category -- called #CNNFactCheck, used for tweeting pompous corrections of SNL sketches, well-known hyperbolic metaphors, and other absurdities usually are not taken literally – except by CNN fact-checkers of course.
A small sampling of the best appear below:
@DefiantKembro 'El Nino' is not Spanish for "the Nino" #CNNFactCheck
@EnasYorl “Wayne’s World” was not really a public access cable show. #CNNfactcheck
@ArielAkiva The superfans were not actually having heart attacks. #cnnfactcheck
@mitrebox Panda Express does not serve real panda. #CNNfactcheck
@CalebHowe #CNNFactCheck finds that 999,999 women do NOT think “D*** in a Box” is a good gift. Which proves the perfect woman really IS 1 in a million.
@discerning_con CNN Breaking News: Stepping on a crack will not actually break your mother's back #CNNFactCheck
@thecomeback After checking every river in America, we have not been able to find a motivational speaker living in a van. #CNNfactcheck
@RobbieCooperATX CNN Breaking: Church Lady not particularly pious. Might not actually even be a lady. #CNNFactCheck
@diggrbiii “He is not, in fact, Brian Fellow. Despite his very loud proclamations, it’s just Tracy Morgan.” #CNNFactCheck
@jimmiebjr CNN has obtained a statement from the CDC advising that “more cowbell” is never an appropriate cure for a fever. #CNNFactCheck
@jeffdobbs: Over half of Saturday Night Live is NOT ON SATURDAY NIGHT for Eastern time zone. Outrage. #CNNFactCheck
@jkfecke In fact, Blue Öyster Cult never included a cowbell player named Gene Frenkle.— the musician didn’t exist. #CNNFactCheck
@mikehassinger: This just in: "Toonces the driving cat" not real cat, can't even DRIVE! #CNNFactCheck
@freemanhunt Neither Dan Aykroyd nor Steve Martin ever resided in former Czechoslovakia, & neither is particularly wild or crazy. #CNNFactCheck
@tnixon16: We interrupt this program to bring you word that Buckwheat has NOT been shot. Repeat: NOT been shot. #cnnfactcheck
@effdobbs Schwetty Balls were actually made out of animal parts, not from the male human anatomy #CNNFactCheck
@cfcantavero Breaking News: Jane is not an ignorant slut. #CNNFactCheck
@ORourkian After an exhaustive study, CNN has discovered Jake & Elwood’s last name wasn’t Blues and they weren’t really brothers. #CNNfactcheck
@teh_Dede: Warning from the FDA: Cadbury Creme Eggs are not actually eggs. #CNNFactCheck
@pow127 #CNNFactCheck finds that Dr Dre is not licensed to practice medicine of any kind. #psa
@andylevy That wasn’t really Obama - it was actor Fred Armisen! #CNNFactCheck
@adcdl #CNNFactCheck There are 57 states
@johnleschen RT - Teen Spirit has no distinctive odor. #CNNFactCheck
@pinkascii #CNNFactCheck Eddie Murphy is not white.