The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/09/2023

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: allegedly shows a Fox News graphic stating the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it is “normal for professional NFL athletes to collapse and be put on a breathing tube.” 

Check Your Fact rating: False (The FBI did not put out any such statement. A Fox News spokesperson confirmed that the image is fabricated.)

FACT CHECK: DID FOX NEWS PUBLISH THIS GRAPHIC SHOWING AN FBI STATEMENT ABOUT NFL PLAYERS COLLAPSING?

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Joe Biden (D): Since a new immigration program was implemented, the number of Venezuelans trying to enter the U.S. illegally decreased “from about 1,100 per day to less than 250 per day on average.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (From September to November 2022, the number of times Border Patrol stopped Venezuelans trying to enter the U.S. illegally at the southern border dropped from about 1,100 a day to 230 a day.)

Illegal immigration dropped after new Venezuela program, but public health policy also contributed

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Pope Benedict XVI requested that U.S. President Joe Biden not be invited to his funeral.

Snopes rating: False (He requested a small funeral.)

Did Pope Benedict XVI Request that Biden Not Attend His Funeral?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by thedailyworld.net: The Mars Rover Discovered Evidence Suggesting the Existence of a Covert Military Base on the Planet Mars.

Lead Stories rating: False (Likely Rock)

Fact Check: Images Do NOT Prove Existence Of ‘Covert Military Base’ On Mars

TheDailyWorld.Net rating

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Tom Tiffany (R): “Joe Biden left Marines behind in Afghanistan. And now he left a Marine behind in Russia.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (In Afghanistan, while 13 Marines were killed during the U.S. withdrawal in 2021, no Marines were left behind and none remain there today. In Russia, Paul Whelan was taken into custody in 2018, and was not part of the prisoner exchange involving WNBA star Britney Griner. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, but was discharged from the Marines in 2008 after being convicted on charges related to larceny. He was in Russia as a private citizen, not on Marine business.)

Tiffany misses the mark with claim that Biden left Marines behind in Afghanistan, Russia

FALSE (International: Australia): The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched an initiative to cancel Christmas traditions in a bid to save the environment.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (There is no evidence that the WEF has launched any such initiative, and has in fact produced content in keeping with the Christmas spirit.)

Claim of Grinch-like Christmas plot is a real turkey

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