Accuracy in Media

CNN disputed the statement by Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris up to 700,000 auto workers would be out of work by the end of the year.

“Fact check: Kamala Harris makes false claim about Trump and auto jobs,” stated the CNN headline of the piece by CNN’s Daniel Dale.

Dale quoted from a CNN interview with Harris attacking President Trump: “’He said he was going to help working people, and it is estimated that as many as 300,000 autoworkers may be out of a job before the end of the year,’ she said aboard her campaign bus in Iowa. That was a more conservative figure than Harris used July 12 on the radio show ‘The Breakfast Club,’ during which she said, ‘He’s helped the top 1% and the biggest corporations. Meanwhile, some estimate that as many as 700,000 autoworkers were going to lose their job before the end of the year.’ Both figures are incorrect.”

Dale pulled out the red flag on Harris’ claim: “Facts First: There is no credible estimate that 300,000 autoworkers might lose their jobs by the end of the year. And there has been an increase in autoworker jobs during the Trump presidency, though there has been a slight decrease over the past year.”

Dale asked the Harris campaign to back up her claim, it did so unsuccessfully.

“Harris was wrong to claim that experts are suggesting there might be a massive decline in autoworker jobs within five months,” Dale continued. “Harris’ campaign told CNN that the “300,000” figure came from a study published in February by the Center for Automotive Research. That study, however, estimated approximately 367,000 job losses in the entire economy, not among autoworkers in particular. And the estimate was for job losses a year after Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on automobiles and auto parts from every country except for Canada, Mexico and South Korea — which he has not done. Kristin Dziczek, a co-author of the study and the Center for Automotive Research’s vice president for industry, labor and economics, said the center has not published a specific job-loss estimate for autoworkers. But she said it is ‘highly unlikely’ there would be a loss even close to 300,000 autoworkers by the year’s end.”

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