CNN fact checker Daniel Dale rose to national prominence for his real-time, often breathless, fact-checks of former President Donald Trump.
While Dale still fact-checks President Joe Biden from time to time, he announced at the end of Trump's presidency that he'd have more time to devote to combatting online disinformation.
Such was the case this week when Dale corrected Republican disinformation regarding Biden's policy on red meat consumption in the United States.
Prominent Republicans across the political landscape amplified a bogus claim that the Biden administration would be regulating red meat across the United States.
Far-right Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado falsely claimed that Biden's climate plan would cut "90% of red meat from our diets by 2030." Trump-era Economic Council head turned Fox News host Larry Kudlow said the Biden administration would forbid red meat for Fourth of July celebrations. Purported political analyst Matt Couch tweeted a picture of a large steak in protest and Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., and Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott also amplified the disinformation.
As Dale pointed out, the claim is entirely false.
This stuff is completely imaginary. Biden has not proposed any limit on Americans’ meat consumption. What happened… https://t.co/v2AWVIalPC— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1619364378.0
Republican members of Congress, governors, Fox hosts and Don Jr. are denouncing a Biden red meat policy that does n… https://t.co/k9Rz9Ll3Wm— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1619445127.0
In an expanded fact check, Dale said:
"The false claim about Biden trying to restrict people to four pounds of red meat per year appears to have originated with a deceptive Thursday article by the British tabloid The Daily Mail. The article baselessly connected Biden's climate proposals to an academic paper from 2020 that is not about Biden and says nothing about the government imposing dietary limits."
People weren't surprised to see prominent Republicans once again embracing lies.
Those who decry “fake news” are the biggest perpetrators. https://t.co/dVK0PxcXEo— Chris Aycock (@Chris Aycock) 1619451748.0
If the GOP doesn't have a legit issue they lie and make up crap to feed their gullible followers https://t.co/dRB5UU9bgK— RealMarkDitchie (@RealMarkDitchie) 1619450002.0
Oh, FFS. Anyone else not surprised that Boebert is spreading this drivel? https://t.co/iipLQBq7ih— NAK (@NAK) 1619446153.0
Thanks Daniel. It’s amazing what FOX and the GQP will lie about just to try to push FEAR into people. Totally fabri… https://t.co/vhI79d1J6t— Pati (@Pati) 1619445616.0
Why do republicans have to lie so much? https://t.co/GbC6jG0Yam— Matt Hudgens (@Matt Hudgens) 1619445598.0
Republicans spreading misinformation??? No wayy.... https://t.co/muPy7wAnQu https://t.co/np7lDXTRnN— Alex Rivera Ω (@Alex Rivera Ω) 1619445445.0
Those who amplified the falsehoods saw pushback from social media users.
This is a complete lie and I’ve seen it no less than five times this morning already. The Biden plan includes no su… https://t.co/cdgn3h7V5H— southpaw (@southpaw) 1619279879.0
Why is it okay for republicans to just make straight up lies about policy? There is no legislation proposed for lim… https://t.co/Rgjt7Z3Wa2— schab 🏴☠️ (@schab 🏴☠️) 1619449774.0
It’s not gonna happen *anywhere* because this isn’t actually in Biden’s climate plan. It’s just a ring of right-wi… https://t.co/THB5s53Oma— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1619391521.0
None of the most prominent amplifiers of this disinformation—many of whom decry the "fake news media"—have corrected this disinformation.
After backlash, Fox News anchor John Roberts acknowledged the network's false reporting on Biden's non-existent red meat mandate.
Fox gently acknowledges that its coverage about Biden supposedly trying to force Americans to eat less red meat was… https://t.co/SaSi2wbCEl— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy) 1619463743.0
"Not the case," indeed.