Looks like the “C” in “CNN” stands for cheeky.

At least it did on Monday during President Donald Trump’s coronavirus briefing.

The person in charge of posting onscreen captions took some editorial license on the chyrons that were extraordinarily blunt about what was really going on during the meeting.

For instance, one caption read “Angry Trump turns briefing into propaganda session,” while another read “Trump melts down in angry response to reports he ignored virus warning.”

Here’s a collection of screenshots courtesy of CNN reporter Vicky Ward.

CNN's chyron: pic.twitter.com/F959i7eWav

— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) April 13, 2020

Updated: pic.twitter.com/1xOPs19v4g

— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) April 13, 2020

And now: pic.twitter.com/PZInyU8QLf

— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) April 13, 2020

Another: pic.twitter.com/xSB5pTM0Bg

— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) April 13, 2020

Next one: pic.twitter.com/nRi2NTm4DK

— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) April 13, 2020

The captions got more brutally honest.

CNN: "Angry Trump Uses Propaganda Video, Produced by Government Employees at Taxpayers' Expense" pic.twitter.com/zcOgvy77K8

— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) April 13, 2020

And the person operating the chyron machine wouldn’t let Trump get away with calling stories about how he’s fumbled the COVID-19 crisis “fake news.”

And now: pic.twitter.com/2m2UCFapL5

— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) April 13, 2020

Many Twitter users were amazed to see CNN’s chyron operator seemingly unwilling to let the president off the hook.

Whoever runs CNN’s chiron is a fucking hero. At least two I have seen: “Trump uses briefing as a propaganda session.”“Trump tries to rewrite history at briefing.”

— Bobby Reiley (@robertfr69) April 13, 2020

Give today’s CNN chyron person a raise

— Sam (@Saltzmonster) April 13, 2020

Whoever writes the chyron for CNN deserves a Pulitzer 😂😂

— Krishelle Hursh (@KrishelleMH) April 13, 2020

But there was some pushback to the cheeky captions, mostly from people who feel covering Trump’s briefings are a waste because they have devolved into what The Wall Street Journal calls “a boring show” of the president vs. the press.

they can keep putting all the sassy chyrons on screen they want. it doesn't matter.what matters is when the networks stop airing the briefing and start covering it. pic.twitter.com/slxUNjoIFk

— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) April 13, 2020

wanna be really wild? don't air this shit. https://t.co/WOVBwI2LWw

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