The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/22/2023

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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FALSE Claim via Social Media: “This was no wildfire … Wildfires do not completely burn out vehicles, glass and all, yet leaving nearby trees and utility poles still standing upright.” rating: False (High Winds and drought caused the fire.)

High Winds, Drought Conditions Led to Maui Fires, No Evidence Intentionally Set

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Photos that circulated in August 2023 authentically showed Ivana Trump’s burial site at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, overgrown with weeds and long grass.

Snopes rating: True

Are These Real 2023 Photos of Ivana Trump’s Burial Site at Trump Golf Course?

Claim by the People’s Voice: purports Pope Francis said alcoholics, autistic and disabled people should be euthanized to ‘fight climate change’

Check Your Fact rating: False (The People’s Voice routinely publishes fake news such as this.)

FACT CHECK: No, Pope Francis Did Not Say Alcoholics Should Be Euthanized To ‘Fight Climate Change’

People’s Voice Rating

Claim via Social media: Robyn Epps, the wife of a Jan. 6 participant, works for Dominion

USA Today rating: False (This is wrong on multiple counts. Robyn Epps worked for Dominion Enterprises until 2018, according to her LinkedIn profile. And the company has no affiliation with Dominion Voting Systems, which said claims it is associated with Epps are “completely false.”)

Epps tied to Dominion Enterprises, not voting equipment | Fact check

Claim via Social Media: The White House is selling coins commemorating Trump’s indictments.

10TV rating: False (A private gift shop is selling the Trump indictment coins.)

White House isn’t selling Trump indictment coin |

FALSE (International: Niger): An image shared on X, the website formerly known as Twitter, claims to show a Wagner Group mercenary with a Niger soldier.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The image shows a Wagner Group mercenary in the Central African Republic.)

FACT CHECK: Image Claims To Show Wagner Mercenary With Niger Soldier

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