The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/15/2020

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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 by Mike Pence (R): “The reality is when you look at the Biden plan, it reads an awful lot like what President Trump and I and our task force have been doing every step of the way.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

Mike Pence said Joe Biden copied Trump’s pandemic response plan. Pants on Fire!

Claim by multiple sources including Next News Network: Did the Obama administration, including then-Vice President Joe Biden: “Outsource” the imprisonment of Al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden, to Iran; Arrange for bin Laden to be moved to Pakistan for a staged killing in May, 2011; Pay Iran $152 billion to keep its role a secret; Order a SEAL Team 6 helicopter shot down in August 2011 to silence the unit that carried out the raid on bin Laden?

Lead Stories rating: No Evidence

Fact Check: Obama And Biden Did NOT Conspire With Iran To Stage Bin Laden Killing, Or Silence SEAL Team 6 By Shooting Down Helicopter

Next News Network Rating

Claim by Joe Biden (D): JOE BIDEN: “This nominee said she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.” 

AP Fact Check rating: No Evidence

AP FACT CHECK: Sen. Graham and Biden on Obamacare, Barrett

Claim by The Federalist: More people who wear masks become sick with COVID-19 compared to non-mask wearers, therefore masks don’t work or are making us ill

Health Feedback rating: Flawed Reasoning

Mask use does not lead to a higher risk of COVID-19 as viral social media posts claim

The Federalist Rating

Claim via Social Media: Is the median wealth of white households 81 times the median wealth of Black households in the United States?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: The Median White Household Wealth In The US Is NOT 81 Times The Black Median Household Wealth

(International: Australia) Claim: Australian state of Victoria recorded the same number of suicides in September 2020 during a coronavirus lockdown as it did for the whole of 2019.

AFP Fact Check rating: False

False Facebook posts misrepresent suicides recorded in Australian state of Victoria during coronavirus lockdown

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