TikToker fact-checks news anchor at American Girl store, makes ‘sickening’ discovery

A news anchor was allegedly caught lying about American Girl dolls, and the footage is going viral.

The clip, recorded by producer and reporter @MannyFidel and uploaded by @MSNBC, quickly gained over 730,000 views and 5,000 comments.

Newsmax anchor Rob Finnerty, host of the show “Wake Up America,” claims in a clip from Dec. 12 to have visited the American Girl store in Rockefeller Center in New York City in search of a doll that looked like his little daughter.

However, according to the anchor, he couldn’t find a single doll that resembled his “cute little 6-year-old white girl.” “The whole place was, like, wokeified,” Finnerty reported.

This claim prompted MSNBC reporter Manny Fidel to visit that same American Girl store to see if he could find a “white girl doll” — and his findings are now going viral across TikTok.

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@mannyfidel fact-checks a Newsmax anchor who claimed he couldn’t find a white doll at the American Girl store in New York City.

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Almost immediately, Fidel noticed that the store was brimming with white dolls — not only on display but in boxes stacked high on shelves and in animated videos on the wall.

“The literal first doll that you see when you walk into the store,” Fidel says, zooming in on a smiling white doll with blond pigtails.

Fidel continues to walk around the store, recording the multitude of white dolls on shelves and in boxes. He remarks that, while the store has “thrown in some other races,” a “great portion” of the dolls on display are white.

Since its broadcast, the Newsmax clip has made waves online, appearing in viral threads across Reddit and Twitter. “Since I was a little girl you’ve been able to order an American Girls doll that looks exactly like you,” one Reddit user commented.

Customers in search of a fully customized American Girl doll can visit the online “create your own” module, where skin tone, face shape, hairstyle and extras such as braces, hearing aids and glasses can all be personalized.

“That ‘news anchor’ is absolutely the worst!”

Over 5,200 TikTokers shared their feelings about the Newsmax segment in the comments section.

“Great investigative reporting,” one user wrote, in praise of Fidel’s segment.

“Thank you for fact checking him. That ‘news anchor’ is absolutely the worst!” another user wrote.

“American Girl needs to reach out to that network. That really is straight up lying,” commented one user.

“This is so annoying because little Black girls (like me) ACTUALLY had to grow up with little representation. It’s not some joke 🙄,” wrote another user.

“Omg. This man trying to claim the average wealthy white child doesn’t have representation is sickening. Wtf?” one user commented.

“Seeing one black doll means there are no white dolls to the racists of the world,” wrote another.

American Girl has yet to make an official statement in response to Finnerty’s claim, or MSNBC’s TikTok.

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