October 17, 2017

Fact checking Toronto Star’s list of Trump's “false claims”

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

The Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale gained fame covering former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and is now covering Donald Trump from Washington, DC. Embracing his inner Buzzfeed-journalism style has earned him and his paper some notoriety among “resistance” circles. 

Dale maintains a running list of purportedly false claims made by President Trump so far in the nine months since he took office.

The total currently sits at 688 false claims but with some scrutiny, it becomes apparent that he frequently recycles the same claims making the list much shorter.

Propagandist Michael Moore has tweeted out Dale's list as proof of Trump's transgressions so it should comes as no surprise that semantics, skewed data, and partial information taken out of context forms the basis of many of his "claims."

Watch as I fact check a few of Dale’s most ridiculous attempts at embarrassing President Trump.

It’s relevant to note that Dale has never interviewed Trump, neither during his time on the campaign trial covering him, nor since he became President. Come to think of it, we've never seen Dale in the White House Press briefing either.

Strange. Wouldn’t that be the perfect place to challenge the administration on all these false claims?

The entire list is filled with similar examples of lazy journalism with no apparent attempt to contact the administration or the President himself to challenge him before producing a list of supposed false claims numbering in the hundreds.

But would you expect anything less from the journalist Rob Ford caught behind his back fence at 8pm one dark, infamous night? 

It's also worth noting that he's pulling a Chicken Little-- if every time Trump opens his mouth the sky is falling, when in fact it isn't, how are we ever to believe Dale's claims?

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commented 2017-10-19 03:58:21 -0400
i wish they would fact check Justin , that would be good for a laugh.
commented 2017-10-19 03:57:59 -0400
Frank read some more BS from the Star like when they said Rob Ford abused 911 operator.
commented 2017-10-19 03:56:17 -0400
Frank Hohimer they have not been pathetic, only to hate filled left wing idiots. The Obama years were horrible and pathetic , and Justins term has been horrible and pathetic. Now go ignore the ACTUAL Russian Collusion of Hillary and Obama LMAO!
commented 2017-10-19 03:54:33 -0400
Most of the list is just opinion from a left wing fool who thinks they get to define what level of every promise means.
commented 2017-10-19 00:34:32 -0400
Wasn’t this the guy that spent some time in that freedom loving country known as Cuba, while attacking the Canadian government of Prime Minister Harper?
commented 2017-10-19 00:34:30 -0400
Wasn’t this the guy that spent some time in that freedom loving country known as Cuba, while attacking the Canadian government of Prime Minister Harper?
commented 2017-10-18 17:30:15 -0400
Andy Neimers,

Well those nine months have been absolutely horrible and pathetic, so that’s not a good sign at all for how things will be a year or even two years from now, but if that’s what you need to come to any sort of initial opinion on Trump, then OK.
commented 2017-10-18 17:17:16 -0400
Frank Hohimer… I think you are studiously avoiding the fact that Trump has been in office less that nine months… I’d wait until at least a year has passed to make judgements… Better yet, two years, which is when Obama started using his “pen and phone”…
commented 2017-10-18 14:55:14 -0400
Yvette Mozol,

Why can’t you just address the endless lies that Trump has told. Yes, all politicians have lied, but it doesn’t help your argument to bring up past Presidents. Are you not bothered by Trump lies and idiocy regardless of what Obama may have done?
commented 2017-10-18 14:37:00 -0400
Oh Andrew, is your junior instructor salary leaving you in a state of poverty?

If I had to guess, Gerald Butts could direct you to a Soros funded organization that will pay you for your stupidity; and, posting it on Rebel.
He may want some examples of your leftist regressive writing, use search the tool on this site to copy and paste into a PDF. It will be a lengthy document!
commented 2017-10-18 12:59:55 -0400
“Lloyd Nolan commented 17 mins ago
Thanks KIETH BARNS , for the link to that video , patterns of paid trolls
I think there’s one below me "

I’d love to know who pays this. I’d love to be able to monetize what has been, thus far, a purely pro-bono pursuit. Who would you think is paying me, and do you have their contact info?
commented 2017-10-18 12:44:21 -0400
Don’t feed the trolls , throw them a rancid bone every once in a while, if you must!!!!!
commented 2017-10-18 12:42:29 -0400
Thanks KIETH BARNS , for the link to that video , patterns of paid trolls
I think there’s one below me
commented 2017-10-18 10:59:50 -0400
“Robert Mcclelland commented 5 hours ago
The lefties at the “Red Star” know Trump hasn’t lied about his platform. They are having conniptions because he is doing exactly what he promised to do. "

Like building the wall, revoking Obamacare, tossing Hillary in jail?

I suppose he technically hasn’t failed to do that yet, but I’d say “doing” is presumptuous on most fronts. “might do” is still possible, I guess, but that’s future tense and given his track record to date… pretty presumptuous itself.

“Andy Neimers commented 8 hours ago
OK, condescending guru, I’ll bite – name just one “falsie”!… "

His bloviating about having the largest inauguration ever is one that particularly seems to raise his hackles.
commented 2017-10-18 09:57:15 -0400
No wonder the climate is failing to warm up, Angry Moore keeps blocking the sun.
commented 2017-10-18 07:35:58 -0400
I’m not a fan of Donald Trump (a discussion for another day perhaps) but I find Daniel Dale’s list of lies a juvenile waste of time and energy; something that you might find in a highschool paper and not Canada’s “largest circulation daily paper”. It appears to be stuff that’s duplicated on huffpo and other left sites and, as pointed out in this report, some of the items seem somewhat repetitive. I wonder how Dale came to be the Washington Bureau Chief for the Star anyway? Seems a pretentious kind of role for a Canadian daily that’s on its last legs and for a guy whose claim to fame was peeping over the former mayor’s back fence looking for juicy tidbits.
commented 2017-10-18 06:06:50 -0400
The lefties at the “Red Star” know Trump hasn’t lied about his platform. They are having conniptions because he is doing exactly what he promised to do.
commented 2017-10-18 02:53:32 -0400
Thank you “Father Stephenson” for that little homily… “It’s pretty much the foundation of the entire populist movement, which certainly doesn’t have a lot of facts on its own side.”… OK, condescending guru, I’ll bite – name just one “falsie”!…
commented 2017-10-18 02:19:04 -0400
Yup, ignore the trolls.
commented 2017-10-18 00:40:14 -0400
“Frank Hohimer commented 4 hours ago
So what is the acceptable number of lies then?
"

The entire thing is about establishing plausible deniability. Give them reason to doubt based on one relatively trivial inaccuracy, and they’ll be able to dismiss everything else even if it’s virtually entirely verifiable and true.

It’s no different than “fake news”. Make one mistake, and it ruins your credibility among those who hate you, even if it’s the only mistake you ever make. It’s pretty much the foundation of the entire populist movement, which certainly doesn’t have a lot of facts on its own side.
commented 2017-10-17 23:54:14 -0400
What about all the lies Obama & Hillary told, would he by chance have a list on that. Too bad Dale wasted all that time & money because a “journalist” he is not.
There should be a law against showing any photos of Michael Moore’s fat face to the public.
commented 2017-10-17 23:00:39 -0400
If you were to list the crap Obama was actually guilty of, it would far exceed the lies this attention hungry, fake news journalist has listed against Trump.
commented 2017-10-17 21:39:00 -0400
Frank Hohimer, I think you misunderstood Chris’s article.
commented 2017-10-17 20:24:39 -0400
So what is the acceptable number of lies then?

Even if you cut it in half, 344 false claims is horrible in the time that Trump has been President and it still means that he is a terrible President.

I can’t believe that this is actually a real article. Chris is basically saying that Trump is an absolute liar, but not as bad a liar as Dale is making Trump out to be. You should want next to no falsehoods. Not an acceptable number of lies.
commented 2017-10-17 20:02:10 -0400
Wow, Dale is a man obsessed, too busy to fact check or do real investigative journalism; and, he works for the Toronto Star…well that explains everything!
commented 2017-10-17 19:43:27 -0400
Toronto Star is nothing more than a Far Left Broad Sheet, full of Marxist Spin Doctors, who would get more satisfaction from life if they went back to their beginnings, that of fouling public washrooms with the same trash they write now, Sh*t.
commented 2017-10-17 19:41:32 -0400
Andrew… Your ignorance is exhausting..!!
commented 2017-10-17 19:39:24 -0400
Hi there, Andrew Stephenson. How ya’ doin’?
commented 2017-10-17 18:45:08 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON are you a journalist? if so which fake news organization do you work for?