Neutral theory is a relative newcomer in evolution theory. Nevertheless, prior to neutral theory proponents of materialist evolutionary theory still got red in the face, stamped their feet, and yelled that evolution is a “fact, fact, fact” as spittle flew from their lips.
This highlights the fallacy of the “fact, fact, fact” mantra. If neutral theory is true, then those who were shouting that their particular version of materialist evolutionary theory is a fact, fact, fact prior to neutral theory were wrong.
In other words, when they chant that mantra materialist evolutionists want you to believe that their particular version of the mechanism driving evolution is a fact. But that is obviously false if that mechanism changes.
Apples fall to the ground, and Newton proposed his law of universal gravitation to explain that. And that was the prevailing theory for hundred of years until Einstein came along and displaced it. If, prior to Einstein, someone had said Newton’s law is a fact, fact, fact, they would have been wrong. “Apples fall” is the fact.
Similarly, that the biosphere is different now than it was in the past is a fact. No one disputes that. It is indeed, a fact, fact, fact. And if that is all one mean by “evolution,” no one disagrees. But it is simply wrong to say that any particular theory about why that is the case is a fact, fact, fact.
So, to the extent the fact, fact fact mantra is true, it is trivial. To the extent that it is applied in any non-trivial way (i.e, to a particular ever changing theory of origins), it is false.