The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/24/2023

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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 Mike Pence (R): “After China sent a balloon over strategic sites in the United States … President Biden literally sent the secretary of state hat in hand to go kowtow and ask for a meeting.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to China was planned months before a Chinese surveillance balloon was spotted over U.S. airspace.)

Pence’s misleading claim that Biden sent US official to China after surveillance balloon was spotted

Mike Pence Rating

Claim via Social Media: Doctors murdered to protect Big Pharma profits and silence holistic health practitioners.

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Investigations pointed to natural causes, suicide, and marital murder as the explanations for the deaths of the doctors named in the reel. Some of the named doctors also didn’t practice alternative medicine in the first place.)

Conspiracy theory about the deaths of alternative medicine practitioners ignores evidence, misrepresents certain doctors

Claim via Social media: Jan. 6 House committee was caught destroying records.

USA Today rating: False (The Republican congressman overseeing the investigation into the committee’s work has not said any records were destroyed, and there have been no reputable reports of such destruction.)

No, congressman did not say J6 panel destroyed records | Fact check

Claim by Sean Hannity and conservative media: Joe Biden fell asleep during Maui fire event?

Newsweek rating: False (Biden did not fall asleep during the community event in Lahaina. High-quality video footage shows the president bowing his head, with his eyes open, before returning his glance toward the event’s stage.)

Fact Check: Did Joe Biden Fall Asleep During Maui Fire Event?

Sean Hannity Rating

Claim by Donald Trump (R): “When I was your president, the 30-year mortgage rate reached a record low of 2.65%.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (The mortgage rate fell to 2.65% on Jan. 7, 2021, although it rose to 2.79%, by his final week in office, the week of Jan. 14.)

Fact-checking Donald Trump on his economy and Joe Biden’s

Donald Trump Rating

FALSE (International: Australia): Claim by Federal Labor politicians: Only 13 percent of young adults in regional Australia have a university degree.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (About 27 percent of young adults living in regional and remote areas have a university degree or above.)

Labor’s university figures don’t check out

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