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
With Midterms coming up in November, we will be publishing as many politician facts checks as we can find.
|Claim by Catherine Cortez Mastro (D): Adam Laxalt took “campaign cash” from drug companies “and used his office to block local attempts at holding one of the worst offenders accountable.”
Politifact rating: Mostly False (As attorney general, Laxalt opposed a plan from Reno’s mayor to independently sue drug companies, saying it could affect a multistate investigation that involved Nevada. But when the city ultimately sued the companies, Laxalt supported the move.)
In Nevada Senate race, Cortez Masto misleads about Laxalt’s record against opioid companies
|MISLEADING||Claim by Joe Biden (D): “By the way, we’ve also … reduced the deficit by $350 billion my first year. This year, it’s going to be over $1.5 trillion, reduced the debt.”
The Washington Post rating: Three Pinocchios (yes, 350 billion is accurate, but Biden is is claiming he reduced budget deficits even as he increased the national debt about $500 billion more than originally projected.)
Analysis | Biden’s unwarranted bragging about reducing the budget deficit
|FALSE||Claim by Mark Finchem (R): Ballot harvesting “altered the outcome” of a city council election in Yuma County, Arizona.
Politifact rating: False (The winning margin in the race was 392, too wide for four or five votes to change the results.)
False: Arizona secretary of state candidate says ballot harvesting altered election result
|Claim via viral video and Donald Trump: A president of the United States can declassify documents and information by simply saying “it’s declassified” or just by “thinking about it.”
Lead Stories rating: False (Not how it works. There is a formal procedure.)
Fact Check: U.S. Presidents Can NOT Declassify Documents Simply By Saying ‘It’s Declassified’ Or By Merely ‘Thinking About It’ – There Is A Procedure For Doing It
|FALSE||Claim by Ron Johnson (R): Democratic Senate candidate Mandela Barnes wants to “double your income taxes.”
FactCheck.org rating: False (Barnes says: “I’ll cut middle-class taxes, and I’ll pay for it by ensuring the wealthiest among us pay their fair share. I’ll cut taxes on families and expand the child tax credit to give parents some breathing room.”)
|FALSE||(International: russia-media-profile/">Russia): Claim by Vladimir Putin: “It is not our plan to occupy the Ukrainian territory. We do not intend to impose anything on anyone by force.”
POLYGRAPH.info rating: False
ukraine/6756952.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Threatening Nukes, Moscow Stages Phony Referendums in Occupied Ukraine
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