CNN Fact-Checker Disappears From Air Post-Trump

CNN face-checker Daniel Dale has quietly disappeared from the network’s programming after spending the past few years actively fact-checking the Trump presidency.

The story: Dale was hired by CNN in early 2019 after previously working for the Toronto Star where he similarly tracked and reviewed misleading statements by Trump.

According to the network, Dale “is a reporter in CNN’s Washington Bureau, where he fact-checks President Trump, 2020 presidential candidates, and others.”

Since joining CNN, Dale has on average appeared or been mentioned on the network at least once every other day, Mediaite reported.

However, Dale’s appearances gradually dropped and according to the media watchdog site TV Eyes, he has had only one appearance on the network since President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

During that appearance, Dale focused solely on fact-checking Trump’s lawyers’ opening arguments during the former president’s second impeachment trial, Newsbusters reported.

Dale is still conducting fact-checks, including on the Biden administration. However, as Newsbusters’ Tim Graham notes, since Biden’s inauguration, CNN appears to have downgraded the fact checks of the new administration solely to the network’s website.

Last week, CNN published Dale’s fact check of President Biden’s statements during a presidential town hall hosted by CNN that week.

Dale found Biden made “at least four false claims — all of them involving statistics — about the minimum wage, undocumented immigrants, China’s economy and Covid-19 vaccinations.”

Still, he gave Biden the benefit of the doubt on certain misleading or downright false statements at the town hall. For instance, Biden distorted comments about Proud Boys during the presidential debates and falsely said that “we didn’t have” a Covid-19 vaccine when he came into office.

“It’s one thing about the vaccine – which we didn’t have when we came into office – but a vaccinator, you need the needle, you need the mechanisms to be able to get it in,” Biden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Dale wrote: “Some of Biden’s Republican critics have focused on his claim that “we didn’t have” the vaccine when we came into office — suggesting that Biden was denying that a Covid-19 vaccine existed at all under President Donald Trump.”

“Given the other comments Biden had just made, we think it’s clear in context that this was not his actual meaning,” Dale added.

“This claim demonstrates the elasticity of “fact-checking.” There’s the plain meaning of what Biden said, but then Biden’s media defenders say “well, it’s not his actual meaning.” If Trump had come after Biden in history and claimed there was no vaccine when he was inaugurated, then it would be “Pants On Fire” time, always giving no benefit of the doubt,” Graham wrote for Newsbusters.

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