Republicans in general have little use for so-called “fact checkers” much, in the same way, they have close to zero faith or trust in the mainstream media.
The basis for this mindset is the same for both, namely that both institutions – who oftentimes tag team, ostensibly on grounds of serving in the “public’s best interests,” routinely show themselves to be little more than shameless mouthpieces and apologists for Democrats and the woke agenda.
CNN’s Daniel Dale is a perfect example, for reasons we’ll get to in just a minute. But first, let’s take a look at what he says was his interaction with Nick Dyer, a spokesman for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), after he contacted Dyer Tuesday night for comment on a tweet from Greene that Dale interpreted as the Congresswoman blaming President Biden for the death of two young men due to fentanyl poisoning that happened under the Trump administration (language warning):
I asked Greene’s office last night about her tweet blaming the Biden administration for these deaths in 2020 under Trump. Spokesman Nick Dyer responded by saying lots of people have died from drugs under Biden and “do you think they give a fuck about your bullshit fact checking?” https://t.co/BwKCM5TYjc
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 1, 2023
The fauxfended Dale also wrote that he asked Dyer about some other claims Greene allegedly made this week, and the response was even shorter and more to the point (language warning):
I also gave Greene congressional spokesman Nick Dyer an opportunity to comment regarding Greene’s multiple false claims yesterday about the 2020 election, such as the lies that Trump won Georgia and that there were thousands of dead voters there. His response: “Fuck off.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 1, 2023
On the first tweet, if you watch the video, Greene never explicitly stated that the young men died under the Biden administration, just that “our government” should be doing more to seal the southern border. Reasonable people can disagree on whether she tried to infer otherwise, but that’s how I took it.
As to the second tweet, I haven’t seen Greene’s remarks so I can’t speak to them. But the larger point here is that notoriously hackish “fact checkers” like Dale shouldn’t act too surprised when they get treated to an Arctic chill whenever they contact a Republican elected official and/or their staffers to get “answers” for a so-called fact check they may be working on, because too many of them have been burned too many times to keep playing these pointless game.
Even those who haven’t been are keenly aware of the desperate lengths “fact checkers” will go to in order to protect Democrats.
Exhibit A comes from Daniel Dale himself. Check out this insane comment Dale wrote in response to then-Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden’s appearance on a Democrat-friendly “town hall” in September 2020:
Biden is implicitly fact-checking Trump by…uttering many consecutive coherent sentences, which Trump has repeatedly said Biden cannot do. https://t.co/LzS2Bx7ioq
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 18, 2020
And after Biden’s and Trump’s October 22, 2020, presidential debate, here’s how Dale characterized Biden’s falsehoods versus Trumps:
“Biden was again imperfect from a fact check perspective. He made at least a few false, misleading, or lacking-in-context claims. Trump was, as usual, a serial liar.”
And five months into Biden’s presidency, Dale proclaimed that, “This president says some inaccurate stuff. Not ideal. But there’s no pretending that this era is remotely similar to the last president’s staggering daily avalanche of extreme wrongness. ”
A month into Biden’s time in office, Dale laughably called Biden’s lies “nuances.”
Could Dyer have used different words to communicate with Dale in expressing his desire to end the conversation? Sure. But count me among the many who won’t be reaching for the smelling salts over what Dale says went down, because he has no one to blame for the “talk to the hand” treatment he gets from Republicans but himself.
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