The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/20/2023

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 Barbara Dittrich (R): There are “about a half dozen” transgender athletes competing in Wisconsin K-12 schools.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Dittrich provided two specific examples at the time, and both were found to be adults not competing in school sports. It’s unclear how many — if any — compete in Wisconsin K-12 sports.)

Lawmaker estimated there were six transgender athletes competing in Wis. sports, but lacks evidence

Claim by Viral Video: A video shared on X claims to show a Hamas rocket hitting a Gaza hospital.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The video is from 2022. It shows a rocket barrage from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a different organization.)

FACT CHECK: Video Does Not Show Hamas Rocket Hitting Gaza Hospital

FALSE Claim by Jewish Breaking News: An October 2023 video authentically shows students, faculty and other supporters of Palestine demonstrating at the University of Pennsylvania while chanting, “We want Jewish genocide.”

Snopes rating: False (They were chanting, “Israel, Israel, you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide.”)

Viral Video Does Not Show Pro-Palestine Penn Students Chanting ‘We Want Jewish Genocide’

Jewish Breaking News Rating

Claim via Social Media: The Wall Street Journal reported that the Oct. 17 Gaza hospital explosion was caused by an American missile.

PolitiFact rating: False (Made up claim)

The Wall Street Journal didn’t report that an American missile caused deadly Gaza hospital blast

TRUE Claim via Social Media: In January 2007, then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden said of fellow Sen. Barack Obama, “I mean, you got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” rating: Correct Attribution

Biden Once Said Obama Was a Black Man Who Was ‘Articulate and Bright and Clean’?

FALSE (International: Australia): The Australian government is sending tens of millions of dollars to Hamas each year.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The government provides money to assist Palestinians through the United Nations and various international aid organisations.)

No, the Australian government is not sending money to Hamas

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