CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale appears to have broken his nearly month-long silence after a Washington Free Beacon investigation exposed his curious absence from public life.
"Hahaha a media outlet published an attack article because I went on vacation? Life is very confusing," an individual purporting to be Dale posted on his verified Twitter account. It was the first post from that account since Sept. 17, when Dale (or someone posing as the fact checker) wrote, "I'm gone for a while goodbye everybody," but declined to elaborate.
The cryptic tweet raises further questions as to Dale's whereabouts. CNN has a history of making excuses for favored employees accused of misconduct. Chris Cuomo, for example, went on "vacation" just days before his brother, the disgraced former governor Andrew Cuomo (D., N.Y.), announced his resignation amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The primetime anchor, who has also been accused of sexual harassment, was exposed for having participated in strategy calls with his pervert brother.
Additionally, the network's chief legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, was granted "time off" to deal with a "personal issue" after he was caught masturbating on a Zoom call with work colleagues. Toobin returned to CNN several months later and explained that he "didn't think other people could see" him defiling himself on camera. "I am incredibly grateful to CNN for taking me back," he said.
Until his mysterious departure, Dale had been struggling to adapt to the Biden presidency. He lamented that Biden was a "generally factual" politician whose inaccurate statements were typically "slips rather than purposeful lies." Of his 24 most recent fact checks for CNN, just 5 involved statements from Biden. The vast majority dealt with Republican lawmakers, "conservative tweeters," and "a bodybuilder named Justin Y. O'Donnell."
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