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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 Jim Marchant (R): “President Trump and I lost an election in 2020 because of a rigged election.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (They both lost because more people voted for their opponent.)

Nevada Republican echoes Trump’s Pants on Fire about ‘rigged election’

Claim via Social media: Officials are giving Social Security numbers to immigrants at the US border.

USA Today rating: False (Border Patrol agents are not permitted to hand out Social Security numbers to immigrants at the border. Immigration experts said noncitizens typically receive Social Security numbers if they are authorized to work by the Department of Homeland Security, but the process usually takes months and doesn’t happen at the border.)

Fact check: Immigrants must apply for a Social Security number

Claim by Katie Hobbs (D): Kari Lake has “gone on the record saying she supports Arizona’s complete abortion ban. She’s called it a great law.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (An Arizona law dating back to when the state was still a territory bans nearly all abortions, except to save the mother’s life. The Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake applauded the law.)

AZ GOP governor hopeful Lake called a near-total abortion ban law ‘great’

FALSE Claim by Fox News: Florida study found that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines increase the risk of cardiac-related death, especially in men.

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (The study design chosen by the authors isn’t intended for measuring death as an adverse event. The study detected lower all-cause mortality in vaccinated people across all age groups, and that the increase in cardiac-related deaths observed in the general population actually disappeared once those aged 60 and above were excluded from the analysis.)

Analysis by Florida Department of Health about COVID-19 mRNA vaccines contains multiple methodological problems

Fox News Rating

Claim by Ron Johnson (R): “To call what happened on January 6 an armed insurrection, I just think is not accurate.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (It is a textbook definition of an armed insurrection: a dozen guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition had been found on people arrested before and after the Capitol riot. More than 900 people have been identified and charged. Some 60 defendants have been charged with conspiracy and at least 228 defendants have been charged with violence.)

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson wrong to claim Jan. 6 was not an armed insurrection

FALSE (International: Australia): Wind turbine generators typically have a life span of just three to four years.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Engineering and sustainable energy experts say generators last about 20 years.)

Wind turbine lifespan claim generates misinformation

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Media Bias Fact Check was founded by Dave Van Zandt in 2015. Dave is a registered Non-Affiliated voter who values evidence-based reporting.

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