Fact Check: Biden Did NOT 'Just Fart' During Memorial Day 2023 Ceremony -- Sound Has Been Added To Video Clip

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Biden Did NOT 'Just Fart' During Memorial Day 2023 Ceremony -- Sound Has Been Added To Video Clip Sound Effect

Did President Joe Biden "just fart" during a ceremony he attended? No, that's not true: A sound effect has been added to video. A C-SPAN recording of that moment during a Memorial Day ceremony did not include the sound of Biden experiencing flatulence.

The claim appeared on Instagram on May 30, 2023. A video clip appears under text that says:

Did he just fart? πŸ˜‚

The video clip opened with a unidentified man in a military uniform saying, "Please receive this opening prayer," then the added sound, then the man continued with the prayer.

Here is what the Instagram post looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Wed Jun 7 14:05:49 2023 UTC)

The Instagram post does not tell viewers when or where this claim happened.

A C-SPAN recording of this ceremony shows it took place during a Memorial Day ceremony on May 29, 2023. The moment seen in the Instagram post starts at around 36:31 and ends about 10 seconds later. There is no sound of flatulence in this video. The relevant part of the ceremony recording can be seen here:

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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