The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/04/2020

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. (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

Claim via Social Media: “9,871,525 is the number of registered voters in AZ according to FB. AZ population is 7,270,000.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Post wrongly mixes up Facebook tally of registered voters

Claim via Social Media: Masks are dirty and cause bacterial overgrowth, skin infections, and “mask mouth, [which is] a new medical condition caused by wearing masks all day”

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported

Using face masks does not increase the risk of skin or oral infections

Claim by Donald Trump (R): “For example, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, my Administration implemented a program to provide any individual without health-insurance coverage access to necessary COVID‑19‑related testing and treatment.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Trump’s COVID program for uninsured people: It exists, but falls short

Claim by National Republican Congressional Committee: “Malinowski tried to make it easier for predators to hide in the shadows. Malinowski worked as the top lobbyist for a radical group that strongly opposed the national sex offender registry. Law enforcement praised the national sex offender registry that Tom Malinowski led an eff…

Washington Post rating: Four Pinocchios

Analysis | Attack ad falsely claims lawmaker helped sexual predators ‘hide in the shadows’

Claim by Joe Biden (D): “The University of Washington model — which the White House has previously touted — projects that cases and deaths are going to spike this November — and an additional 215,000 Americans, they say, are going to … die by the first of the year. … The University of Washington mode…

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Fact-checking Joe Biden on a coronavirus vaccine

(International: New Zealand) Claim: NZ National leader Judith Collins claims coal use had gone up and more coal is being used to generate electricity instead of gas, as a result of the Labour government’s offshore oil and gas exploration ban.

Australian Associated Press rating: Mostly False 

NZ National overstates impact of oil and gas exploration ban

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