The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/27/2022

Media Bias Fact Check selects and publishes fact checks from around the world. We only utilize fact-checkers that are either a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) or have been verified as credible by MBFC. Further, we review each fact check for accuracy before publishing. We fact-check the fact-checkers and let you know their bias. When appropriate, we explain the rating and/or offer our own rating if we disagree with the fact-checker. (D. Van Zandt)

Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience/Other

Fact Checker bias rating Codes: Red = Right-Leaning, Green = Least Biased, Blue = Left-Leaning, Black = Unrated by MBFC

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BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Cellphones can be used to pop popcorn kernels.

PolitiFact rating: False (This video was produced in 2008 as part of a viral marketing campaign for a Bluetooth headset. It’s physically impossible for phones to pop kernels as portrayed in the video, an expert said.)

Video of cellphones used to pop popcorn kernels is part of viral marketing campaign

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: US Rep Jim Jordan Played Video From Hunter Biden Laptop.

Lead Stories rating: False (The video with this claim shows Jordan criticizing Schiff over matters that have nothing to do with Hunter Biden or the contents of a computer hard drive that media reports have linked to him.)

Fact Check: Congressman Did NOT Play Video From Hunter Biden’s Laptop

TRUE Claim via Social media: A comic first published in 1919 predicted cell phones.

Snopes.com rating: True (Check out the comic by clicking the link below. It is amazingly accurate.)

Did a 1919 Comic Predict Cell Phones?

FALSE Claim by Social media: FL, KY, MO are the first states to require drug testing for welfare.

USA Today rating: False (Florida and Kentucky do not require drug testing for welfare recipients, state officials said. And Missouri wasn’t the first to implement this policy, nor did it happen recently – the testing began there in 2011. Arizona was the first state to enact such legislation.)

Fact check: False claim on states drug testing welfare recipients

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral image: A photo shows a CIA agent impersonating Adolf Hitler.

PolitiFact rating: False (No, it shows Hitler.)

Photo shows Adolf Hitler, not a CIA agent

FALSE (International: Russia): Putin’s Spokesman Was Caught Wearing $6 Million Watch

Newsweek rating: False (While Dmitry Peskov possesses a number of expensive watches by designer Richard Mille, including one estimated to be worth more than $600,000, the watch in the photo shared on social media is not worth $6 million.)

Fact Check: Was Putin’s Spokesman Caught Wearing $6 Million Watch?

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