Headline RoundupFebruary 8th, 2023

Fact Checking Biden's 2023 State of the Union Address

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden made several statements during Tuesday night's State of the Union that sparked clarifications from fact checkers across the political spectrum.

Job Growth: Biden said he created "more jobs created in two years than any president has ever created in four years." The raw number is accurate. However, Biden left out the fact that job growth was sparked by post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery that started under former President Donald Trump and followed large-scale COVID-19 pandemic job losses.

Deficit: Biden said his administration "has cut the deficit by more than $1.7 trillion – the largest deficit reduction in American history." However, expiring emergency pandemic spending accounted for much of that after the debt jumped to record highs amid trillions in pandemic stimulus and spending packages.

Inflation: Biden said that "Inflation has fallen every month for the last six months, while take-home pay has gone up." This is true when looking at year-over-year inflation growth rates, but not month-over-month.

Medicare and Social Security: Biden said "some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset." The proposal he referred to does not mention this, but does propose making the programs subject to renewal every five years and requiring Congress to pass them again.

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum fact-checked Biden's address. Some center- and right-rated sources framed Biden's Medicare claim as false. Some left-rated sources moved to add context to the claim instead of questioning it.

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