|Alma mater||York University (BBA)|
Daniel Dale (born March 28, 1985) is a Canadian journalist who is known for fact-checking Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and presidency. Dale initially covered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug for the Toronto Star from 2010 to 2014, before serving as the Star's Washington bureau chief from 2015 to 2019. In June 2019, Dale was hired by CNN as a full-time fact-checker.
After graduating from university, Dale joined the Toronto Star in 2008. Dale worked for the Star as their Toronto City Hall reporter and bureau chief, covering the administration of Mayor Rob Ford, as well as his brother Doug, from 2010 to 2014.
In May 2012, Dale was investigating a potential purchase of public lands near Rob Ford's home when Dale and Ford had an incident. According to Ford, a neighbor had informed him that someone was taking pictures over the back of his fence, which prompted him to confront Dale. Dale denied Ford's version of the incident, saying that he had not come within 10 feet of the mayor's property, and said that Ford was "extremely agitated" and had frightened him into leaving behind his mobile phone and digital recorder at the scene of the incident. The police later announced that no charges would be laid in the incident.
In December 2013, Ford accused Dale of taking pictures of Ford's children on his property; Dale denied the accusation, saying that he had never taken any photographs of Ford's family, which was corroborated by a police investigation. Ford later retracted the accusations, stating "there was absolutely no basis for the statement I made about Mr. Dale taking pictures," in response to Dale launching a lawsuit against him. After a lengthy apology from Ford, Dale dropped the lawsuit. Dale later stated that the incident inspired him to take up fact-checking.
In 2015, Dale travelled to Washington, D.C., to serve as the Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star. During his tenure, Dale covered events in the last two years of the presidency of Barack Obama, such as the heroin crisis and the Flint water crisis, as well as the presidential campaign and eventual presidency of Donald Trump.
Starting in September 2016, Dale compiled informal lists of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's falsehoods together with parenthetical fact checks in his spare time, sharing the lists on Twitter. In the same month, filmmaker Michael Moore praised Dale in a tweet, saying that Dale "shame[d] the US media", which resulted in Dale gaining a larger following on Twitter. Dale maintained a list of fact-checks of Trump for the Toronto Star from the beginning of Trump's presidency until his departure from the Star in June 2019.
On October 1, 2017, Trump tweeted: "Being nice to Rocket Man [Trump's nickname for Kim Jong-un] hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won't fail." Dale tweeted a fact-check of Trump's tweet, noting that Kim Jong-un was eight years old in 1992; the tweet went viral, being liked 207,312 times and retweeted nearly 77,000 times. Trump subsequently blocked Dale on Twitter.
When news broke on the Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations in November 2017, Dale contacted more than five Republican chairmen for comment. The Washington Post used Dale's work as a source for Republican reaction to the scandal.
In June 2019, Dale left the Toronto Star to join CNN as a full-time fact-checker for Trump and other politicians. Dale writes a regular "Facts First" column in CNN Politics and regularly appears on CNN to fact-check presidential debates and other political events.
Politico ranked Dale 8th in its list of 16 breakout media stars of 2016 for his fact-checking of Donald Trump. Rolling Stone named Dale's Twitter account its Hot News Source in 2018. Toronto Life ranked Dale 47th in its list of the top 50 influential Torontonians in 2017, and 49th in 2018.
From 2010 to 2014, I had covered the surreal Toronto administration of infamous Mayor Rob Ford and his lesser-known brother Doug...
Daniel Dale -- a CNN reporter and former Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star