Former CNN 'Reality Check' Pundit Wins House Democratic Primary

June 26th, 2024 1:49 PM

Former CNN “reality checker” John Avlon won the Democratic Primary in New York’s 1st Congressional District, defeating chemistry professor Nancy Goroff by 40 points.

Democratic campaigns recently have been obsessed with promoting abortion and the idea that democracy is at stake, but Avlon stands out among them for his previous career as CNN's "reality check" analayst who portrayed himself as a nonpartisan truth teller.

Avlon repeatedly claimed that it is simply a fact that Democrats are not extreme on abortion and that pro-lifers oppose freedom. He falsely stated that overturning Roe v. Wade would “undercut majoritarian democracy.”

He also claimed that the RNC withdrawing from the Commission on Presidential Debates was a “blow to our democracy” and used the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor to warn about a second civil war. Additionally, he attacked Ohio and Texas’s redistricting as racist.

When Democrats were arguing amongst themselves in the early part of President Joe Biden’s term, he urged the party’s factions to come together and pass his agenda, claiming “failure is just not an option.”

The partisan Democrat claimed to be the arbiter of what is and is not conservative when he attacked critical race theory bans and claimed GOP education bills were designed to make children dumber.

Finally, CNN’s designated truth teller showed he didn't even know how to do a Nexus search during a failed attack on Fox News's Hunter Biden coverage.

Avlon’s inserting his partisan opinions into his reality checks and other supposedly down-the-middle commentary does not just reflect poorly on him now that he has finally put a “D” next to his name, it raises questions about the rest of the self-styled independent fact-checkers.

He will face GOP Rep. Nick LaLota in November. LaLota was first elected to the House in 2022, where he won by 11 points.