CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale rose to prominence during the Trump era for his comprehensive and timely fact checks of the former President's avalanche of lies and disinformation. Though Trump is no longer in office, Dale still fact checks President Joe Biden and combats disinformation online, with much of it coming from the right wing.
Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance—who recently announced his candidacy for one of Ohio's Senate seats—became notable for quite a different set of reasons.
The pro-Trump writer and venture capitalist has defended the racist "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory, as well as Fox News host Tucker Carlson—another promoter of the Great Replacement. Vance recently apologized for tweets he posted during the 2016 campaign which were critical of Trump.
But Dale's and Vance's paths crossed this week after Vance claimed Google was "hiding" his website, the latest voice in a conservative chorus claiming Big Tech is working on behalf of Democrats to censor right-wing viewpoints.
Why is Google hiding my website? https://t.co/S4tIr0KJVT https://t.co/64A97bhKdG— J.D. Vance (@J.D. Vance) 1625750658.0
Vance shared a video of a Fox News interview, where he claimed Google was "attacking" him, accusing Google of being "in bed" with the Chinese Communist Party.
Dale responded that Vance's assertion Google was "hiding" his website was "nonsense."
Nonsense. Googled "JD Vance website" and the site came up on page 1. Googled "JD Vance" and the site came up on pag… https://t.co/SPXpuSWn3c— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1625761840.0
The exchange made waves on social media.
@ddale8 Yep, I can confirm this as well. He's at risk of alienating some supporters by saying this because all they… https://t.co/gkBwKlzcor— Chris F. 🌎 citizen 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 focused (@Chris F. 🌎 citizen 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 focused) 1625762140.0
@ddale8 Maybe his SEO should pull itself up by its bootstraps— All good, thanks (@All good, thanks) 1625761894.0
Dale wasn't the only one to demonstrate that Vance was lying.
@JDVance1 If you do not have the competence to operate a google search, not sure you're the right guy for a Senate… https://t.co/XyQjFrsL9f— MutherBear (@MutherBear) 1625762756.0
@JDVance1 Weird. It's right there, twice. https://t.co/ex2rsNbPqo— 🔭 Office of At Weezyfuhreezy (@🔭 Office of At Weezyfuhreezy) 1625751695.0
Others claimed Vance's tweet was designed to get more people to google him.
@ddale8 This tweet serves two purposes: (1) Further the belief that Big Tech is censoring conservatives (because it… https://t.co/7ufg9y4nxz— Sam Nolan (@Sam Nolan) 1625762023.0
@JDVance1 This is a trick. You want people to google your name and increase traffic to your site to make it seem like you’re important— Preston Mack (@Preston Mack) 1625762180.0
@JDVance1 People have to google it for it to get seen and you know that. Sounds like you are giving a cry for help...lol— Sunny Skyes (@Sunny Skyes) 1625750905.0
Ohio's Senate election will be held November 8, 2022.