The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/26/2023

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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

TRUE Claim by Melissa Agard (D): “Since 1981, the state Senate has only rejected five executive appointments. The GOP today is more than doubling that number.”

Politifact rating: True (The state Senate voted to fire eight of the governor’s appointees last week. Nonpartisan researchers for the legislature found that before Tuesday, only five appointees have been rejected since 1981.)

Agard correct that GOP Senate more than doubled firings of governor’s appointees in one day

Claim via social media: Jim Jordan flunked the bar exam; Hakeem Jeffries was a Rhodes scholar.

USA Today rating: False (Neither is true)

Jim Jordan didn’t flunk bar exam; Hakeem Jeffries was not Rhodes scholar | Fact check

Claim by the New York Post: New documentary proves building offshore wind farms is responsible for the increase in whale deaths off the U.S. East Coast since 2016

Climate Feedback Rating: Unsupported (The authors of the claim offer no concrete evidence to support their claim that they proved offshore wind activities are responsible for the recent increase in whales death. The authors ignore evidence presented by whale experts that support other explanations that could be causing an increase in whale deaths, such as entanglement in fishing gear and collision with the growing number of commercial vessels.)

No convincing evidence that offshore wind activities explain the increase in whale deaths off the U.S. East Coast despite claims

New York Post Rating

Claim by Viral Video: claims Joe Biden purportedly said he was born in Israel during a recent speech

Check Your Fact rating: False (A transcript available via the White House’s website indicates Biden said, “The State of Israel was born to be a safe place for the Jewish people of the world. That’s why it was born.” Biden never claimed he was born in Israel, as the post suggests.)

FACT CHECK: Viral X Video Falsely Claims Joe Biden Said He Was Born In Israel

Claim via Social Media: The United Nations Is Preparing For ‘Take Over Of The U.S.’ In 2023

Lead Stories rating: False (This years-old claim was refuted by a U.S. State Department representative in 2016. He said that the U.N. vehicles seen in the United States are made for overseas deployment, not domestic use.)

Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Recent Convoy of Armored UN Vehicles In Hagerstown, MD Preparing US Takeover — Alastair Williamson Report Is Old

FALSE (International: Philippines): The Philippines ranks higher than China in the Global Firepower Index which purportedly measures countries’ military strength.

Rappler rating: False

FACT CHECK: ‘Military power ranking’ didn’t show PH higher than China

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