Kayleigh McEnany Called Out By Animated Puppies From ‘PAW Patrol’
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany listed the animated children’s show “PAW Patrol” among police-themed shows being canceled as police brutality and racial injustice protests continue their sweep across the United States.
But McEnany was wrong, and the puppies from “PAW Patrol” let her know with a simple tweet to reassure fans: “No need to worry. PAW Patrol is not canceled. 🐶”
- USA Today reported that McEnany made the false statement at the end of Friday’s press briefing, when she said: "We saw a few weeks ago that 'PAW Patrol,' a cartoon show about cops, was canceled. The show 'Cops' was canceled. 'Live PD' was canceled. LEGO halted the sales of their LEGO City Police Station."
- She continued: "It's really unfortunate, because I stand with, and the president stands with, the 63% of Americans who think police officers are one of the most important jobs in this country."
- The newspaper wrote that Nickelodeon's Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications David Bittler also confirmed that “PAW Patrol” was not being canceled.
- As for the other shows, “A&E canceled ‘Live PD,’ which premiered in 2016 and was in its fourth season” following the death of George Floyd in May. USA Today reported that “The decision came a day after the network acknowledged that the show had destroyed video of a Black man's death during a 2019 police stop in Texas.”
- The report also noted that “Paramount Network made a similar decision, canceling stalwart reality series "Cops" just one day after it was supposed to have its Season 33 premiere.”
- McEnany’s comment about LEGO pulling its City Police Station from the market was also less than accurate, as USA Today reported:
LEGO's City Police Station set is currently listed as a retired product on the company's website, but the company has other police-themed sets, including a different City Police Station, available for purchase. LEGO's Senior Director of Brand Relations Michael McNally told USA TODAY that the company retires products as new items are introduced and that the company did not halt the sale of any LEGO sets.