Politico hon­ours the Star’s Daniel Dale for his factcheck­ing of Don­ald Trump,


The Toronto Star’s Wash­ing­ton cor­re­spon­dent Daniel Dale has been named in Politico’s list of break­out me­dia stars of 2016.

“It’s cool to even have your ex­is­tence ac­knowl­edged by Amer­i­cans when you’re a Cana­dian cor­re­spon­dent in Wash­ing­ton,” Dale said.

“There are so many good re­porters. It’s good to know I was no­ticed even a lit­tle bit.”

Dale, who Politico, a pol­i­tics web­site, dubbed “the Trump lie-tracker,” has be­come known for his daily fact checks of Don­ald Trump’s com­ments.

Dale said he de­cided to start factcheck­ing Trump on a mid-Septem­ber day when the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date was “hy­per-out­ra­geous and hy­per-dis­hon­est.”

Dale no­ticed that many of the in­ac­cu­rate things Trump was say­ing weren’t mak­ing their way into news cov­er­age and was “be­ing treated as a sideshow.”

Dale started to track these state­ments.

“I think it’s im­por­tant, be­cause I think his dis­hon­esty is a cen­tral fact about his cam­paign. It’s not sec­ondary,” Dale said.

“It is crit­i­cally im­por­tant that peo­ple un­der­stand that this is not nor­mal and peo­ple un­der­stand that much of what he’s say­ing isn’t true.”

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