The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/18/2023

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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Claim by Whoopi Goldberg: “The First Amendment doesn’t allow you to willingly lie.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (In most cases, the First Amendment considers lies to be protected speech. There are exceptions to this general rule, but they are limited. In libel and incitement cases, for instance, the judicial bar for proving harm is high, meaning that most types of political speech cannot be challenged successfully in court.)

Whoopi Goldberg gets it wrong on lying and the First Amendment

Claim by Viral Post: Jim Jordan announced that Ray Epps will testify against the FBI

Check Your Fact rating: False (There is no evidence on Jordan’s verified social media or any media reports announcing Epps will testify against the FBI.)

FACT CHECK: Did Jim Jordan Announce That Ray Epps Will Testify Against The FBI?

Claim via Social Media: Kari Lake called Trump the “fattest president since Taft” in a 2016 tweet.

Politifact rating: False (This tweet appears to be doctored.)

Did Kari Lake tweet that Donald Trump was ‘fat’ in 2016? Not that evidence shows

FALSE Claim via Social media: Biden administration predicts 17 million immigrants during four-year term

USA Today rating: False (Experts are not aware of any estimate that says 17 million immigrants are expected to arrive in the U.S. during President Joe Biden’s four-year term. Legal immigration in the first part of his term has actually been down in the wake of the pandemic.)

Fact check: False claim 17 million immigrants to US expected during Biden’s term

FALSE Claim by the Federalist: A $2 million grant for Georgia’s DeKalb County amounts to a “private takeover of election offices.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Local election officials will continue to administer elections based on state laws.)

Grant to Georgia’s DeKalb County doesn’t amount to an elections ‘takeover

The Federalist Rating

FALSE (International: Philippines): President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is using the interest earned by his family’s alleged gold bullion account to fund big-ticket projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Rappler rating: False

FACT CHECK: DPWH projects not funded by Marcos gold account’s earned interest

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