December 3, 2022

‘My Son Hunter’ True Fact: Hunter Biden Secured $1.5 Billion from CCP Following China Trip with VP Joe Biden

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images/mysonhunter.com My Son Hunter, the new movie from Breitbart News, is a fact-based dramatization of the life of debauchery and corruption lived by the first son Hunter Biden. Although the movie takes certain artistic liberties, many scenes portray true accounts of the Biden scion’s life; this “True Fact” series will detail those

FACT CHECK: Did Mitch McConnell Call For Nancy Pelosi To Be Imprisoned?

A video shared on Facebook claims Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be jailed. Verdict: False There is no evidence McConnell made such a remark. He doesn’t call for Pelosi to be imprisoned in the Facebook video. Fact Check: McConnell, who recently returned from a trip to areas…

FACT CHECK: Did Congress Vote To Exempt Itself From Upcoming IRS Audits?

A post shared on Facebook claims members of Congress voted to exempt themselves from any upcoming Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits.  Verdict: False There is no evidence to suggest that any legislation containing such language has been passed or enacted. The claim stems from a satirical Twitter account. Fact Check: The Inflation Reduction Act which…

FACT CHECK: Did CBC News Publish This Story Defending The Media’s Credibility?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a screen grab of an article from CBC News titled, “The media isn’t lying to you, despite what online trolls may say.” Verdict: False This article is digitally fabricated. A CBC spokesperson confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact that this is not a genuine article published…

FACT CHECK: Did Ron DeSantis Recently Tour Guantanamo Bay?

A post shared on Facebook claims Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made an unexpected visit to Guantanamo Bay Aug. 20.Verdict: False There is no evidence to suggest DeSantis made such a visit. A spokesperson for the governor denied the claim. Fact Check: President Joe Biden’s administration launched a review of Guantanamo Bay back in 2021…

FACT CHECK: Did Florida Ban To ‘Killing A Mockingbird’ From Its Schools?

A post shared on Facebook claims Florida banned “To Kill A Mockingbird” from its schools.Verdict: False There is no evidence to suggest that Florida has banned “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The Florida Department of Education currently recommends the book for eighth graders. Fact Check: Harper Lee’s 1960 novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” is widely considered an…

FACT CHECK: Did The World Economic Forum Send This Tweet About The Age Of Consent ‘Infringing On Human Rights’?

An image shared on Instagram claims to show a tweet from the World Economic Forum (WEF) about how age of consent laws “may be infringing on human rights.” Verdict: False There is no record of the WEF sending this tweet. Fact Check: The WEF is an international organization that “engages the foremost political, business, cultural…

FACT CHECK: Did James Mattis Make This Statement About Idaho?

An image shared on Facebook claims former Secretary of Defense James Mattis said there’s a backup American flag in case Idaho “disappears.” Screenshot/Facebook Verdict: False There is no record of Mattis making the comment. The statement appears to stem from a satire website. Fact Check: Mattis, who served as the Secretary of Defense under former President…

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Volcano Erupting In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo?

A video shared on Facebook purportedly shows a volcano erupting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo recently. Verdict: False The video shows a volcano in Iceland, not the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fact Check: The 14-second video, which has been viewed over 800 times, captures molten lava bursting and flowing from the top of…

FACT CHECK: Did The New York Post Call Anthony Fauci ‘The Man Who Gave Us AIDS’?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows the cover of the New York Post from 1987 featuring an image of White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci. Facebook/Screenshot Verdict: False The image has been altered to include Fauci. The actual front page included a photo of a couple who were the subject of another story…

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Turkish Military Convoys Entering Palestinian Territories In May 2021?

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows Turkish military convoys entering Palestinian territories. Verdict: False The video splices together two separate videos taken in Russia and Syria. The footage has no connection to the May 2021 Israel-Hamas conflict. Fact Check: Earlier this month, Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas had a violent 11-day conflict…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Mark Zuckerberg Holding An ‘I Stand With Israel’ Sign?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holding a sign that says “I stand with ISRAEL.” Facebook/Screenshot Verdict: False The image has been digitally altered. In the original photo, the sign said, “Thanks!” Fact Check: Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas engaged in an armed conflict from May 10 until…

FACT CHECK: No, Maxine Waters Did Not Introduce A Bill To Rename Memorial Day ‘George Floyd Day’

A post shared on Facebook claims Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters introduced a bill to change Memorial Day to “George Floyd Day.” Verdict: False There is no record of Waters introducing legislation to rename Memorial Day to “George Floyd Day.” Fact Check: A jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in April of second-degree…

FACT CHECK: Are Chicago Police Officers Now Required To Ask For Consent Before Making An Arrest?

A post shared on Facebook claims Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Chicago Police Department officers must ask for consent before arresting someone. Verdict: False No such policy was announced by Lightfoot. The claim appears to stem from a satirical article. Fact Check: “Attention All Criminals.. Free Pass in Chicago!!!” the Facebook post begins. “Mayor Lori…

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show An Israeli Helicopter Shot Down By Hamas?

A video shared on Facebook purportedly shows an Israeli helicopter shot down by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Verdict: False The video appears to show a government helicopter that was shot down by rebels in Syria in 2020, not an Israeli helicopter shot down in 2021. Fact Check: The video clip shows a helicopter on…

Fact Check: Joe Biden Repeats False Claim of Vaccine ‘Turnaround’

CLAIM: Vaccination levels, particularly among seniors, are “a dramatic turnaround from where we were in January.” VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. If there is any “turnaround,” it is negative — and the Biden administration shares the blame. President Joe Biden addressed the nation Tuesday to describe his administration’s plans to encourage people who haven’t yet received the coronavirus…

FACT CHECK: Did Medina Spirit’s Jockey Say This Quote While Turning Down A White House Invitation?

An image shared on Facebook over 500 times claims jockey John Velazquez turned down a White House invitation after winning the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, saying, “If I wanted to see a horse’s ass I would of came in second.” Verdict: False There is no record of Velazquez turning down an invitation to the White…

FACT CHECK: Did Joe Biden Sign 96 Executive Orders In 100 Days?

A post shared on Facebook claims President Joe Biden signed 96 executive orders in 100 days. Verdict: False Biden has signed just over 40 executive orders in 100 days, according to the Federal Register. Fact Check: April 30 marked Biden’s 100th full day in office, USA Today reported. An April 29 Facebook post, which has been…

Fact Check: Cher Falsely Claims GOP Only Allows White People to Vote

CLAIM: Left-wing Hollywood star Cher claimed in a tweet Friday that Republicans only allow white people to vote, adding that the GOP doesn’t understand why “black, brown, and native Americans” are allowed to vote in elections. VERDICT: FALSE. The modern Republican party has never put forth legislation that limits voting rights to only white people.…

FACT CHECK: Did Joni Ernst Put ‘Abolish Lasagna’ On Her ‘Liberal Fantasy Island’ Board?

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows Republican Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst presenting a poster board with the words “Abolish Lasagna” on it. Facebook/Screenshot Verdict: False The image has been digitally altered to include phrases such as “Abolish Lasagna,” “Sex Blimps” and “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Fact Check: Ahead of President Joe Biden’s joint address of…

Fact Check: Biden Claims ‘Immigration Has Always Been Essential to America’

CLAIM: President Joe Biden said in his 2021 speech to Congress, “Immigration has always been essential to America.” VERDICT: FALSE. The United States won World War II, created a middle-class economy, invented many new technologies, revived racial equality, and landed astronauts on the moon during the long period of low migration between 1925 and 1970.…

Fact Check: Biden’s Green Energy Agenda Threatens Union Jobs, Wages

MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP via Getty Images CLAIM: President Joe Biden’s green jobs agenda “will create millions of good-paying jobs that “Americans can raise their families on.” VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. Biden’s American Jobs Plan threatens American union jobs and the wages of millions of energy workers, union representatives have repeatedly said. “The American Jobs Plan will create…

FACT CHECK: Have Schools Stopped Teaching Cursive To Prevent Students From Reading Founding Documents?

A viral video shared on Facebook claims schools stopped teaching cursive to students in order to prevent them from reading founding documents such as the Constitution. Verdict: False There is no evidence cursive was removed from school curricula to prevent children from reading founding documents. The Constitution and other founding documents are available online in…

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Firefight Occurring In Chad?

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows gunfire in Chad amid the ongoing turmoil in the country. Verdict: False The video, which dates back to July 2020, shows fighting in Iraq. It is unrelated to the situation in Chad. Fact Check: Idriss Deby Itno, who had been president of Chad since 1990, recently died of…

FACT CHECK: Did LeBron James Say, ‘A Girl Can’t Even Stab Her Friends Anymore’?

An image shared on Facebook claims Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James said, “We’re at the point where a girl can’t even stab her friends.” Verdict: False There is no evidence James made this statement. The quote originated from a satirical website. Fact Check: A 16-year-old Black teenager, Ma’Khia Bryant, was shot and killed by…

FACT CHECK: Did Bill Gates And Klaus Schwab Make These Statements About How COVID-19 Will Lead To Greater ‘Control’ Over Mankind?  

An image shared on Facebook claims Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and World Economic Forum executive chairman Klaus Schwab made similar remarks about how the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to greater control over mankind. Facebook/Screenshot Verdict: False There is no record of either man making the statement attributed to them in the post. Fact Check: The…

FACT CHECK: Did Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla Refuse To Take His Company’s COVID-19 Vaccine?

A post shared on Facebook claims Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla refused to take his company’s vaccine. Verdict: False Bourla did not immediately receive the Pfizer vaccine because he did want to cut in front of people who needed it more. He has since been vaccinated with it, according to a company spokesperson. Fact Check: Pfizer…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show A March 2021 Protest In The Netherlands?

An image shared on Facebook claims to show a scene from a recent protest in the Netherlands. Verdict: False The image is from a 2013 protest in Bulgaria, not a 2021 event in the Netherlands. Fact Check: A large protest against COVID-19 restrictions took place on March 20 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and ended with police…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Migrants In A Holding Facility During The Biden Administration?

An image shared on Facebook claims to show migrants in a holding facility in 2021 during President Joe Biden’s tenure. Verdict: False The image showing migrant children in holding facilities dates back to 2014, years before Biden took office. Fact Check: The US-Mexico border is currently experiencing a surge of migrants, including over 16,000 unaccompanied…

FACT CHECK: Is Texas Finishing The Southern Border Wall Through Operation Lone Star?

A viral Facebook post shared over 3,800 times claims Texas will “finish the wall themselves” using Operation Lone Star. Verdict: False Press releases about Operation Lone Star do not mention finishing the border wall. Completing the wall is not part of Operation Lone Star, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety…

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