The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/03/2023

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 Jonathan Martin (Politico): “Joe Biden was older on his first day as president than Ronald Reagan was on his last day.”

PolitiFact rating: True (Biden was two months older than 78 when he took office, which was about 10 weeks older than Reagan was on his final day as president.)

Was Biden older on his first day as president than Reagan was on his last day? Yes

Claim by Viral Video: A video shared on Facebook claims Texas has a legal right to secede from the United State on its own.

Check Your Fact rating: False (States do not have a legal right to secede on their own, according to the Supreme Court and experts.)

FACT CHECK: Does Texas Have A Legal Right To Secede On Its Own?

FALSE Claim by Judith Curry and CFACT: Antarctic sea-ice extent is increasing to record levels. Antarctica is getting colder; its sea ice and ice cap are not melting.

Climate Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Sea ice extent reaching its lowest value in 40 years. The consensus of scientific evidence shows that the average temperature over the Antarctic has not been getting colder. Some of the world’s fastest warming is observed in regions of the continent.)

The Antarctic’s ice coverage is not increasing to record levels, nor is the continent getting colder, contrary to Curry and Easterbrook claims in CFACT movie

Judith Curry Rating, CFACT Rating

Claim via Social Media: “Anheuser-Busch closing half its U.S. breweries” after Dylan Mulvaney backlash.

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (The claim originated on a satirical website. Anheuser-Busch has faced conservative backlash after a partnership with a transgender social media influencer, but it has not closed any of its U.S. breweries as a result.)

Anheuser-Busch isn’t closing half its breweries. Those claims stem from a satirical website.

TRUE Claim via Social Media: First Republic Bank was closed and sold to JPMorgan Chase on May 1, 2023, making it the second-largest U.S. bank failure in history based on its total assets. rating: True (Only Washington Mutual in 2008 was larger.)

Was First Republic the 2nd-Largest Bank Failure in US History?

FALSE (International: China): China has sent 70 aircraft vessels near the West Philippine Sea in response to the Philippines bolstering its territorial defense efforts

VERA Files rating: False

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: China did NOT send 70 warplanes to show force vs PH

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