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CNN Lead Factchecker Daniel Dale: DNC "Didn't Warrant" A Factcheck, "More Dishonesty" At RNC

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CNN "lead fact checker" Daniel Dale ruled the entire four days of the Democratic party's convention did not have the "quantity of dishonesty" that the first night of the RNC did, calling the latter a "parade of dishonesty." Dale insisted that he watched the DNC "closely" and the only issue he had was "missed context." Dale said Monday night on CNN, "the suggestion that Democrats were wrong and Trump was right is just unmoored from reality."

"I did fact check the Democrats," Dale defended himself. "I was right here, in this very studio, watching very closely. I filed the piece on the first two nights of the DNC. My colleagues filed a piece on the second two nights but I wasn't on TV, Chris, because the material didn't warrant it."

"There were a few items where they missed context, maybe were a bit misleading but there was not a parade of false claims like we had tonight," Dale defended Democrats. "This one night of the RNC featured more dishonesty than the entire four nights of the DNC."


"It was a parade of dishonesty," Dale said of the 2020 RNC. "We had false claims. We had misleading claims. We had major strategic omissions. We had up and down revisions as history on the coronavirus and other matters."

"So I think, as journalists, we need to say when things are not equal. And frankly, they were not equal here," Dale declared.

Dale's report on the 11 pm hour of CNN's coverage:

JAKE TAPPER, CNN CHIEF WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Wolf. Let's bring in our lead fact-checker here at CNN, Daniel Dale. Daniel, Republicans certainly kept you busy over the last two and a half hours.

DANIEL DALE, CNN REPORTER: Jake, it was a parade of dishonesty. We had false claims. We had misleading claims. We had major strategic omissions. We had up and down revisions as history on the coronavirus and other matters.

I think it veered at times into the realm of disinformation even more than mere dishonesty. And Jake, people say, as you know, they all lie. What about the Democrats?

Look, I sat here in the same spot listening closely to the democratic convention. It just was not like this. I think it's important for us to note when things are not equal, and therefore, nights combined, didn't have the quantity of dishonesty of tonight's one Republican night. We need to say when this isn't the same and this isn't the same.

TAPPER: That's right. You pointed out the times that misstatements or lies were made at the democratic convention. You are saying there are just a lot more at the Republican convention. Give us some examples of what you saw tonight that needs to be fact checked, and we understand this is just a small sampling.

DALE: This is a sampling. So we had Donald Trump, Jr. suggested Joe Biden described riots as -- quote -- "peaceful protests." In fact, Biden explicitly condemned protests, violence, and looting.

We had Nikki Haley describing Trump, the president, as an opponent of so-called cancel culture. The president has railed against so-called cancel culture, but he has also tried to get dozens of people into these companies cancelled, including Goodyear just last week and Macy's and Mexico and a bunch of other entities in the past.

A video had the president claiming that he kept every single promise he made. He certainly kept some, but not even close to all of them. Mexico hasn't paid for the wall. Obamacare isn't repealed. We haven't had four percent economic growth per year. That is just wrong.

We had multiple speakers from Congressman Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan tout economic records that have been obliterated by the pandemic. They cited the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. Well, we don't have that anymore. We are now at 10.2 percent higher than at any time since the great recession.

We heard a number of accusations about Joe Biden that just aren't true. That he wants to dismantle, defund the police. He has explicitly repeatedly rejected that idea. That he wants to -- quote -- "abolish the suburbs". These are just nonsense, about anti-segregation rule.

That he wants open borders. He certainly wants a loosening of immigration policy but not completely unrestricted migration. We heard extreme hyperbole. One speaker, Natalie Harp, said that -- quote -- "we would be lucky if we could see any doctor at all under Joe Biden's health care plan." That is just ludicrous.

And Jake, I think the biggest revision in history was this suggestion that Trump, unlike various Democrats, did not downplay the coronavirus pandemic. He is the one who said we go from 15 cases to close to zero. He is the one who suggested it would go away with warm weather in April. He is the one who said into March that it was under control.

DALE: So the suggestion that Democrats were wrong and Trump was right is just unmoored from reality, Jake.


Dale's report on the 12 am hour of CNN's coverage:

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: Let's bring in CNN fact checker, Daniel Dale. And then, we'll expand the discussion on what's happening here and what needs to happen.

We have political analyst Toluse Olorunnipa, a White House reporter for "The Washington Post." And political commentator, Mike Shields.

Good to have all of you. Thank you very much.

Daniel Dale. First, defend yourself. The charge is you didn't fact check the Democrats.

Why are you fact checking the Republicans?

DANIEL DALE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I did fact check the Democrats. I was right here, in this very studio, watching very closely. I filed the piece on the first two nights of the DNC. My colleagues filed a piece on the second two nights but I wasn't on TV, Chris, because the material didn't warrant it.

There were a few items where they missed context, maybe were a bit misleading but there was not a parade of false claims like we had tonight. This one night of the RNC featured more dishonesty than the entire four nights of the DNC.

So I think, as journalists, we need to say when things are not equal. And frankly, they were not equal here.

CUOMO: What are your big three?

DALE: Big three lies from tonight?

CUOMO: Yes.

DALE: Well, I think the biggest thing was the suggestion that -- well, there was the suggestion that Trump is doing well on coronavirus. But also, the suggestion that he, unlike Democrats, did not play down the pandemic.

Trump played it down for months. He's, arguably, still playing it down. But he said, into March, you know, this was going away. It was under control. It was like a flu, et cetera. There was extreme hyperbole about Biden, inaccurate hyperbole, that he wants to abolish the suburbs, dismantle, defund the police. Even though you will not be able to see any doctor under Joe Biden's healthcare plan.

And I think a third thing is the attempt by some speakers to pretend that the pandemic never happened and never affected the economy. So they'd say things like lowest unemployment rate in 50 years.

Well, that was true under Trump, at one point. But it's not even close to true anymore. Those records have been obliterated by the pandemic. We're at 10.2 percent unemployment.

So you can tout the record. And then, say, well, we had some tough times. It's no longer true. But they didn't say that last part.
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