Fact Check: Dan Bongino Used Wrong Places In Graphic Of Unhealthy U.S. Cities Run By Democrats

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk

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Fact Check: Dan Bongino Used Wrong Places In Graphic Of Unhealthy U.S. Cities Run By Democrats Wrong Cities

Did Dan Bongino show a graphic that accurately showed that the unhealthiest cities in the United States are run by liberal politicians? No, that's not true: He showed a graphic during his February 5, 2022, show on Fox News that inverted the information from a published report. The graphic he shared titled, "Top Ten Most Unhealthy U.S. Cities," listed 10 cities that are actually the healthiest in the country. Fox News removed the graphic when the segment was aired later in the evening.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) where it was published on YouTube on February 6, 2022, under the title "Unfiltered with Dan Bongino 2/5/22 | BREAKING FOX NEWS February 5, 2022." It begins at 13:35 in the video:

Let's not forget about the health care either. You look at some of the health outcomes in some of these inner cities the Democrats have run monopolistically for decades, and you stand a pretty darn good chance of dying in one of these inner cities -- far more likely than if you lived in an areas where they gave a damn about people and their health care outcomes.

Click below to watch the video on YouTube:

At 13:35 in the video Bongino begins talking about differences between cities in the United States with a graphic showing the following cities as the unhealthiest in the country:


San Francisco
Seattle
Portland, OR
San Diego
Honolulu
Washington, D.C.
Austin
Irving, TX
Portland, ME
Denver

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(Source: youtube.com screenshot taken Mon Feb 7 at 21:40 2022 UTC)

The source for the map is a report published on Wallethub on February 8, 2021, titled, "Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America."

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The top 10 healthiest cities are the ones Bongino listed on his chart as the unhealthiest, with another mistake. The healthiest cities in the list include Irvine, California, but the Bongino graphic changed it to Irving, Texas. During the segment, Bongino claimed that all these cities were run by "garbage Democrat politicians." Along with the incorrect identification of Irving as one of the unhealthiest cites he was also wrong about its leadership. While the office of mayor in Irving is a nonpartisan office, current Mayor Rick Stopfer has been identified by political blogs as a Republican.

Video from the later airing of the show removed the graphic and ran footage of homeless people in the streets, according to video published on Mediaite.

A Fox News spokesperson told Lead Stories via email on February 8, 2022, that the graphic with the incorrect information would be "corrected" on the upcoming show:

On Saturday night's episode of Unfiltered with Dan Bongino, a graphic was aired with inaccurate information on the unhealthiest cities in the country. We regret the error which will be corrected on next week's program."

Updates:

  • 2022-02-07T23:04:01Z 2022-02-07T23:04:01Z
    Updated to add screenshot of map used in Bongino's video. Updated to add statement from Fox News.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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