The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/13/2023

Media Bias Fact Check selects and publishes fact checks from around the world. We only utilize fact-checkers who 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

Claim by Rebecca Cooke (D): “Derrick Van Orden is one of the only members of Congress who participated in the deadly January 6th insurrection. He now serves in the building he tried to burn down.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Rep. Derrick Van Orden, R-Wis., acknowledges attending “Save America” rally on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Van Orden is not among those charged in the insurrection. He has acknowledged he should not have been there, but aside from a photo that may show him beyond police lines there is no indication he stormed the Capitol, and no evidence he tried to burn down the Capitol.)

Van Orden seen at Jan. 6 rally, but there’s scant evidence he participated in the insurrection

Claim by The “mass graves of thousands of children killed … in illegal experiments” by Dr. Anthony Fauci were found in New York City.

Lead Stories rating: False (Made-Up)

Fact Check: ‘Mass Graves Of Thousands Of Children Killed By Fauci In Illegal Experiments’ NOT Found In NYC — Or Anywhere Else

The People’s Voice Rating

FALSE Claim by Martha MacCallum (Fox News):  Netanyahu has Not Been Invited to the White House.

Newsweek rating: False (While Biden had not made an invitation for months after the Israeli prime minister was sworn into office for a sixth time in December 2022, the president invited Netanyahu to the White House during a meeting in September 2023 in New York.)

Fact Check: Has Netanyahu Not Been Invited to the White House?

Martha MacCallum Rating

FALSE Claim by Donald Trump (R): The United States was “energy independent three years ago.”

PolitiFact rating: False (The USA has never been energy independent. 3 years ago in 2020 Trump was in negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over oil production.)

Fact-check: What Trump said about ‘$6 billion to Iran,’ immigration, economy at New Hampshire rally

Donald Trump Rating

Claim via Social Media: A bank has taken away Donald Trump’s plane.

USA Today rating: False (Trump has not been forced to give up his planes, including the 757 referenced in the video’s caption. Even if Trump ends up needing to sell the aircraft, no assets have been sold yet.)

Trump’s planes still belong to his company, weren’t sold | Fact check

FALSE (International: Israel): Video shows Israel air force drops white Phosphorus bombs on Gaza.

Lead Stories rating: False (March 2023. The original clip showed an alleged attack made by Russian forces on the eastern town of Vuhledar, Ukraine, using what a news report described as “incendiary thermite munition.”)

Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show White Phosphorus Bomb Used In Gaza — Scene Was Originally Recorded In Ukraine

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