The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/21/2023

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 via Social Media: Has the Biden administration invested more in clean energy in red states than blue states?

Gigafact rating: Yes (200 clean-energy project locations that have been announced through July, more than 60% are in GOP-held House of Representatives districts.)

Fact Brief : Has the Biden administration invested more in clean energy in red states than blue states?

FALSE Claim by Joe Biden (D): “I’ve already” declared a national climate emergency.

PolitiFact rating: False (Although Biden has signed legislation and taken executive actions intended to curb climate change, he has not signed a formal emergency declaration.)

Joe Biden says he declared a national climate emergency, but he hasn’t

Joe Biden Rating

Claim via Social media: Donald Trump and the US military control the country.

USA Today rating: False (Donald Trump is not the President and therefore has no control over the military or any other aspect of government.)

Nonsense claim that ‘Trump is in complete control of the country’ | Fact check

Claim via Social Media: Social media users claimed that the rapid publication of a book about the wildfires in Maui was evidence of a larger conspiracy theory.

RumorGuard rating: False (Quickly publishing a book to capitalize on a current event is not a particularly unusual occurrence and is not evidence of a larger conspiracy.)

Quickly published Maui wildfire book sparks conspiracies

Claim via Social Media: “The military is standing down” in response to the wildfires in Maui. rating: False (The White House declared the site of the Maui wildfires a disaster area, and the Department of Defense has provided more than 400 troops, air support and other resources in firefighting and recovery efforts.)

Posts Misrepresent Military’s Response to Maui Wildfires

FALSE (International: Ukraine): Ukraine Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said he is calling on Ukraine-origin Canadians to fight against Russia.

Logically Facts rating: False

No, Ukraine is not calling on Ukraine-origin Canadians to join fight against Russia

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