The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/13/2023

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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TRUE Claim by the Daily Mail: U. S. President Joe Biden was building a wall on his beach house property using taxpayer money in 2023.

Snopes rating: True (These types of security enhancements allow for more efficient Secret Service protection and are commonplace for current — and even former — U.S. presidents.)

Is Joe Biden Using Taxpayer Money To Build a Wall Around His Beach House?

Daily Mail Rating

FALSE Claim by Tucker Carlson: The election in Brazil “was very clearly a rigged election.”

Politifact rating: False (He is making it up. Brazilian and international observers of the election concluded that the election was not rigged.)

Tucker Carlson’s unfounded claim that Brazil’s election was rigged

Tucker Carlson Rating

Claim via Social media: Pilots started training for sudden death during a flight in 2022.

USA Today rating: False (This training is nothing new. The Federal Aviation Administration, major airlines and an aviation expert said that pilots have trained for in-flight incapacitation for decades. The FAA said it is not aware of any cases of in-flight pilot deaths related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact check: Pilots have trained for in-flight incapacitation for years

Claim via Social Media: Egg prices have increased due to a bird flu outbreak. rating: Mostly True (Egg prices have increased due to a bird flu outbreak and inflation.)

Why are egg prices so high? Avian flu, inflation to blame

Claim by Hakeem Jeffries (D): A “default on our debt” would be unprecedented in American history.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (The closest analogue might be a delay in payments to bondholders in 1979 because of technical glitches. But most payments resumed in a few days or a week, once the glitches were fixed.)

Hakeem Jeffries said a U.S. debt limit default would be a historical first. He’s mostly right.

FALSE (International: Philippines): Former president Ferdinand E. Marcos invested 200,000 metric tons of gold in Switzerland.

Rappler rating: False

FACT CHECK: Impossible for Marcos to invest 200,000 metric tons of gold in Switzerland

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