Headline RoundupJune 6th, 2023

Fact Check: Nikki Haley's 2024 CNN Town Hall

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GOP Presidential candidate Nikki Haley spoke at a CNN (Lean Left bias) Town Hall in Iowa on Sunday, prompting reactionary coverage across the spectrum.

“White Governor”: Right-rated sources highlighted a CNN panelist’s mislabeling of Haley’s race. Bakari Sellers criticized Haley’s handling of racial tensions as South Carolina governor in 2015, calling her a “white governor from the Deep South.” Anchor Kaitlan Collins, who hosted a previous CNN town hall with former President Donald Trump, corrected Sellers, noting, “She is the first woman of color that is running in this.” Haley is an American-born daughter of two Indian immigrants.

Fact Checking: CNN and FactCheck.org (Center bias) fact-checked some of Haley’s comments. The articles were very similar and hit on a few key points.

Crime: Haley said that crime was at “all-time highs.” CNN and FactCheck.org disputed the claim, saying crime was at its highest in the early 1990s, focusing on violent crime statistics. Both outlets acknowledged the historic murder rate uptick in 2020, but cited 1991 as the year it was the highest. CNN said there is no national crime data for 2022 or 2023 yet, and claimed 2021’s data is “flawed.”

Chinese Manufacturing: Haley said masks, COVID-19 tests, and “all those medicines” at “your local drugstore” are made in China, but CNN and FactCheck.org disputed the statement, citing the FDA’s claim that only 13% of active ingredients used in pharmaceutical drugs are made in China.

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