The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/08/2023

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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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FALSE Claim via Newsmax: “Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican requested that President Biden not attend Benedict’s funeral.”

Politifact rating: False (There is no evidence that President Joe Biden was specifically uninvited from Pope Benedict XVI’s funeral. The Vatican announced that Benedict wished for his funeral to be simple and confirmed it invited only two official delegations, from Italy and Germany. Germany is Benedict’s home country.)

Pope Benedict wanted a simple funeral. There’s no evidence he asked that Biden not attend

Newsmax Rating

TRUE Claim via Social Media: A 2018 photograph authentically shows U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy at a World Economic Forum panel in Davos, Switzerland, alongside Elaine Chao, then-U.S. Transportation secretary and wife of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Snopes rating: True (The WEF did not become a primary target of conspiracy theorists until recently.)

Is This a Real Photo of Kevin McCarthy with Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnell’s Wife, in Davos?

MISLEADING Claim by Scott Perry (R): “As a matter of fact, you probably also know that Frederick Douglass, who went and worked with Abraham Lincoln to emancipate the people of color in this country, said he would never be anything but a Republican.”

FactCheck.org rating: Misleading (“At the time, the GOP — the party of Lincoln and Charles Sumner — consistently received enormous support from black voters and advocated a strong central government and certain entitlements for the underprivileged. In other words, it bears little resemblance to today’s Republican Party.”)

FactChecking the House Speaker Election

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Claim via GoodSciencing: A list and a chart showing more than a thousand ‘athlete collapses and deaths’ from around the world prove a connection between them and the COVID vaccine.

Lead Stories rating: False (While the article documents scores of “athletes” who have died or collapsed for various reasons (some of them clearly non-cardiac in nature, like cancer, suicide, drug overdose or accidents), their vaccine status is largely unknown and no connection is made between COVID vaccination and the medical event that led to them being put on the list.)

Fact Check: GoodSciencing.com List Contains Obvious Non-Cardiac, Non-Vaccine Related Cases of Dead Or Collapsed Athletes

GoodSciencing Rating

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Claim via Social Media: “Ray Epps confessed to Jan. 6 Committee he ‘orchestrated’ attack on Capitol”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Epps texted his nephew at 2:12 p.m. Jan. 6 and said, “I was in the front with a few others. I also orchestrated it.” But when questioned about it in testimony to the select committee, Epps said he wrote this out of pride and that it was the wrong word choice in retrospect. He did not confess to Congress that he orchestrated the attack. Epps said when the scene became violent, he told people to remain peaceful. Epps did not go inside the Capitol, and he is not among more than 950 defendants charged with crimes related to Jan. 6.)

Ray Epps didn’t tell Congress he orchestrated the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. Here’s what he did say

FALSE (International: Russia): US carriers are destroying Russian oil tanks.

Rappler rating: False

FACT CHECK: Video of ‘US carriers’ destroying ‘Russian oil tanks’ just a game simulation

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1 Comment on "The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/08/2023"

  1. tj earlyrise | January 22, 2023 at 8:43 am |

    https://www.npr.org/2023/01/21/1150530714/yeah-actually-your-plastic-coffee-pod-may-not-be-great-for-the-planet

    It’s pretty clear to me. And to my knowledge, I’ve only seen 1 major brand that uses compostable pods. Often they aren’t carried in large, nationwide stores.
    If you care so much about the taste, do pour-over! Or at least French press… Make it a tiny ritual if it’s part of your daily routine. Otherwise, I don’t see the reason in preference of brand or taste vs. more sustainable packaging.

    Anyone?
    (sips coffee)

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