Each day Media Bias Fact Check selects and publishes fact checks from around the world. We only utilize fact-checkers that are either a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) or have been verified as credible by MBFC. Further, we review each fact check for accuracy before publishing. We fact-check the fact-checkers and let you know their bias. When appropriate, we explain the rating and/or offer our own rating if we disagree with the fact-checker. (D. Van Zandt)
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
|FALSE||Claim by Matt Gaetz (R): “Bennie Thompson actively cheer-led riots in the ’90s.”
Politifact rating: False (no evidence to suggest that Thompson praised rioting in the 1990s. Gaetz’s claim echoed an article published by Breitbart, which pulled from a news report from 1992 to highlight Thompson’s hesitancy to oppose violence as an acceptable response to “an unwelcome court ruling.”)
|Claim by Viral Image: purportedly shows an article published by The Guardian that refers to the defamation trial of actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard as a “female Holocaust.”
Check Your Fact rating: False (The image is digitally fabricated. The actual article from The Guardian refers to the trial as “an orgy of misogyny,” not a “female Holocaust.”)
FACT CHECK: Did The Guardian Publish An Article That Refers To The Depp-Heard Trial As A ‘Female Holocaust’?
|TRUE||Claim via Social Media: There Were Armed Insurrectionists at the Capitol on January 6.
Newsweek rating: True (Tucker Carlson and others making the claim are incorrect in suggesting that no-one at the January 6 Capitol riots was carrying firearms. It’s also misleading to claim the presence of firearms determines whether or not January 6 amounted to an insurrection.)
Fact Check: Were there armed protesters at the Capitol on January 6?
|Claim via Social Media: Biden Banning Switchblades.
Lead Stories rating: False (Not Real)
Fact Check: Tweet Claiming Biden ‘Will Be Banning Switchblades Alongside Semi-Automatic Rifles’ Is Fake
|FALSE||Claim by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D): “There have been more massacres than days in 2022.”
FactCheck.org rating: False (Exaggerates)
Democratic Congressman Exaggerates Number of Gun ‘Massacres’
|FALSE||(International: United Kingdom): Claim by The Labour Party: There has been a 95% fall in new affordable homes to buy under the Conservatives.
Full Fact rating: False (This is based on a misleading analysis of official statistics. A like-for-like comparison of the number of affordable and shared ownership homes available to buy between 2009/10 and 2020/21 puts the fall at 18%.)
Labour makes misleading claim about fall in affordable housing under Conservative government – Full Fact
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