The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/11/2023

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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MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Donald Trump (R): As president, Donald Trump “marshaled the full power of government to stop deadly drugs, opioids, and fentanyl from coming into our country. As a result, drug overdose deaths declined nationwide for the first time in nearly 30 years.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (The overdose death rate did drop in 2018. However, this is a cherry-picked view of the trends on Trump’s watch. In the other three of his four years in office, the overdose death rate rose, including a record increase in 2020.)

Trump touts one year’s decline in drug overdoses, ignoring three years of increases

UNPROVEN Claim via Social Media and left-leaning news outlets: Republican U.S. Rep. George Santos flashed the white power symbol when casting a vote for Rep. Kevin McCarthy for House speaker in January 2023.

Snopes rating: Unproven (could be just the way he was holding his hand. There is no way to know what his intent was.)

Did George Santos Flash the White Power Sign When Voting for McCarthy?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Photo shows ‘QAnon shaman’ at attack on Brazil’s capital.

PolitiFact rating: False (the photo is from a September 2021 rally in São Paulo and the Qanon Shaman is in jail.)

Viral photo of copycat ‘QAnon shaman’ in Brazil wasn’t taken during 2023 riots

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social media: Video shows Rubio expose Fauci ‘fake data crime’ after Fauci begs for money.

USA Today rating: False (No, it does not.)

Fact check: No video doesn’t show Rubio accuse Fauci of ‘data crime’

FALSE Claim via Redacted: The tabletop exercise “Catastrophic Contagion” means that “Bill Gates and WHO have announced when we will see the next pandemic”

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (No available data indicates that the tabletop exercise “Catastrophic Contagion” revealed the place, date and nature of a future real-world pandemic.)

Simulation exercises such as “Catastrophic Contagion” are a normal part of pandemic preparedness; they don’t predict future pandemics

Redacted Rating

FALSE (International: India): Photograph shows Rahul Gandhi having alcohol and chicken on Bharat Jodo Yatra.

The Quint rating: False

This Photo Doesn’t Show Rahul Gandhi Drinking Alcohol During Bharat Jodo Yatra

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