The Daily Caller
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The Daily Caller is a conservative news and opinion website co-founded by Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel (a former Cheney advisor) in 2010. Similar to the liberal Huffington Post, the website covers current events both political and offbeat, as well as human interest topics such as education, "guns and gear", and technology, with plenty of clickbait to go around. Select articles from the site are regularly reprinted on Yahoo! News, be forewarned.
On June 15, 2012, during a press conference by President Barack Obama announcing executive actions on immigration law regarding children brought illegally to the U.S., Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro heckled Obama with leading questions like, "Why do you favor foreigners over Americans?"
Shortly before the US Senate election day in New Jersey, the website published a story titled "Women: Sen. Bob Menendez paid us for sex in the Dominican Republic." Established news sources like ABC and even the tabloid New York Post avoided reporting on these accusations due to questionable credibility. The story blew up in the Caller's face when it turned out that one of the accusers was a paid liar, and the FBI found no evidence to back up the accuser's story either.
The site defended Vice magazine co-founder Gavin McInnes for transphobic remarks that claimed that transgender people are "mentally ill… nuts trapped in a crazy person's body" along with words like "fag" sprinkled in, because McInnes was "willing to expose the mechanics of our P.C. outrage culture." But it's totally not outrage for the Daily Caller to post ten articles a day to spark online outrage over something some
libtard left winger said on MSNBC, is it not?
The site has stories that basically deliver a message, black people/gay people/insert-outgroup-here evil. On October 17, 2014, the Caller published a story with the racially charged headline "Black males are viciously beating people at random at the University of Illinois" that was later retitled "Gang Of Men Is Viciously Beating People At Random At The University Of Illinois"; the original title still shows up in the URL, showing that at some point the article had that title in the header. Hypocritically, the Caller criticized Salon five days later for posting an article about "white menaces" to society following riots at Keene State College in New Hampshire during the college's "PumpkinFest", satirically framing it and "white culture" in the same terms so frequently used to describe the behavior of black people. The site also posted a story "Same-sex rape in the military on the rise" with the undertone that replacing don't ask, don't tell with open service was harmful to the US military.
Don't expect any substantive, enlightening discussions in the comments section, with plenty of anti-racist is a code word for anti-white to go around, as well as ignorant broad brush remarks about liberals or anyone who isn't a True American™.
Check Your Fact
In 2019, Check Your Fact, a fact-checking service that The Daily Caller (as well as the Searle Freedom Trust) funds and shares some of its employees with, became one of Facebook's six official fact checkers for US audiences (which was pushed for by Joel Kaplan, a former George W. Bush aide who now works at Facebook). Climate scientists have been concerned about it because of The Daily Caller's anti-scientific stance on the issue of climate change (and the reception of a lot of Koch network funding).[note 1] This isn't necessarily a good criticism unless it can actually be demonstrated that Check Your Fact has produced faulty fact-checks (you will know them by their fruits, as they say). As of 2023, the International Fact-Checking Network didn't believe there was a problem; Check Your Fact is an accepted partner of the network. The site had initially been expelled from the network for lack of transparency in its funding from The Daily Caller, but was later readmitted. As of 2019, they were said to be editorially independent from The Daily Caller. An editor for Check Your Fact stated: "We don't have an editorial stance on climate change, or any other topic for that matter." The site shares an editor with USA Today.
It can be said, though, that their content is (e.g.) "more likely to select a True statement by a Republican and a False statement by a Democrat" (per Media Bias/Fact Check) though that doesn't mean their fact checks are inaccurate.[note 2] One ought to keep a look out for whether they ever do begin producing faulty fact-checks, but that's not exactly especial to them. Though, Vox (in 2019) cited that "even when Check Your Fact does fact-checks of claims like Trump's recent one about wind turbines causing cancer that ultimately arrive at the correct conclusion (Trump’s claim was false), the site elevates fringe voices [as a source for facts] in the process." This is at least somewhat of a legitimate criticism. A cursory search of their fact-checks related to climate change today (2023) uncovers some more articles refuting false statements by people opposed to taking action against climate change. In another Trump-related case, The Verge argued that Check Your Fact favored a conservative interpretation of an ambiguous statement so they could label a Politico headline as false through Facebook's fact-checking program.
- Scott Waldman (April 25, 2019). "Facebook fact checker has ties to news outlet that promotes climate doubt". E&E News, via Science.
- (June 10, 2020). "Tucker Carlson Sells His Stake in The Daily Caller". The New York Times.
- 35,000 Beached Walruses Still Can't Convince The Daily Caller On Climate Change
- Daily Caller reporter interrupts Obama's Rose Garden statement. The Guardian: June 15, 2012.
- Women: Sen. Bob Menendez paid us for sex in the Dominican Republic. Nov. 1, 2012.
- Woman Says She Was Paid to Lie About Claim of Sex With Senator Menendez. ABC. March 5, 2013.
- Daily Caller's Prostitution 'Scoop' Was So Thin Even the 'New York Post' Passed. The Atlantic: March 8, 2013.
- Escort says Menendez prostitution claims were made up. The Washington Post. March 4, 2013.
- Media Matters, Daily Caller Defends Racist, Transphobic Writer Against "Politically Correct Hysteria"
- Google "MSNBC" on the DailyCaller.com site. You'll see.
- Twitter post on Oct. 17, then the article as of Oct. 18, 2014 via Wayback Machine
- Cooper, Brittney. "White menaces to society: Keene State and the danger of young drunk white men." Salon, 22 October 2014 (recovered 23 August 2016).
- Salon Warns Of ‘White Menaces To Society’
- Daily Caller Column Blames Gay Service Members For Rise In Military Rape
- Actual comment: "Liberals are actually race traitors. They are whites yet hate themselves for begin white, then go out of their way to push the anti-white racism/white genocide movement. Why don't they just cut to the chase and commit mass suicide instead? It would definitely be good riddance, but no, they want to make all whites suffer because the libs are so filled with self-loathing."
- Timothy Johnson (April 18, 2019). "Facebook’s fact-checking operation partnering with division of Tucker Carlson's toxic Daily Caller website". Media Matters for America.
- (May 19, 2023). "Check Your Fact – Bias and Credibility". Media Bias/Fact Check.
- Aaron Rupar (May 6, 2019). "Facebook’s controversial fact-checking partnership with a Daily Caller-funded website, explained". Vox.
- "Check Your Fact". International Fact-Checking Network, retrieved 2023.
- "Brad Sylvester". USA Today.
- Some of their fact-checks about climate change:
- "Does Kamala Harris Want To 'Eliminate' Beef?" (August 2020)
- "Does Joe Biden's Climate Plan Require Americans To Eat 90% Less Red Meat?" (April 2021)
- "Does This Image Show Dozens Of Private Jets At The UN's COP26?" (November 2021)
- "Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Say These Quotes About Redefining 'Natural Food'?" (November 2021)
- "Do These Pictures Show Sea Levels 80 Years Ago And Now?" (April 2022)
- "Did CNN Publish This Article About Seasonal Changes?" (September 2022)
- "Did Bill Gates Refer To Climate Change As A 'Scam'?" (October 2022)
- "No, The WEF Has Not Declared Humans Must Eat Feces And Drink Urine To Fight Climate Change" (July 2023)
- "Did Greta Thunberg Say Saving The Banks Would Save The World?" (August 2023)
- "Did Klaus Schwab's Daughter Say Permanent Climate Lockdowns Are Coming 'Whether You Like It Or Not?'" (August 2023)
- "Did John Kerry Call For Farming To Go Extinct?" (August 2023)
- "Does Video Show Arsonist Causing A Wildfire In California?" (September 2023)
- "Did Greta Thunberg Say We Must Switch To 'Sustainable Tanks And Weaponry'?" (October 2023)
- "No, John Kerry Has Not Called For Depopulation As A Part Of The United Nations' Agenda 2030" (October 2023)
- Adi Robertson (March 3, 2020). "Facebook fact-checking is becoming a political cudgel". The Verge.
- Josh Constine (March 3, 2020). "Facebook fact-check feud erupts over Trump virus 'hoax'". TechCrunch.