The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 04/07/2022

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

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MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Ron Klain (D): The economy was “dead in the water when we got here. Virtually no jobs created.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (The economy didn’t turn suddenly when he took office; it was already improving in the final months of Trump’s tenure. 

Ron Klain exaggerates turnaround in jobs on Joe Biden’s watch

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked, “What if these bodies of tortured, dead civilians were staged? What if they’re fake? What if the Ukrainian military killed them & then blamed Russia?”

Snopes.com rating: False (It was a made-up tweet)

No, Tucker Carlson Didn’t Ask if Dead Bodies of Ukrainian Civilians Were ‘Staged’

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: “The Russian army captured the U.S Major General Roger L. Cloutier Jr. … in the besieged Ukrainian Azov camp in Mariupol.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Cloutier posted photos from a recent event in Turkey to his LinkedIn profile, where he disputed the internet rumors alleging that he had been captured.)

No, NATO Allied Land Command leader wasn’t captured by Russians in Ukraine

FALSE Claim via Social Media: By sucking the Strategic Oil Reserve dry we’ve lowered gas prices by $.014

Lead Stories rating: False ( Not dry releasing 32% over the course of 6 months. It is unknown how much the price of gas will drop.)

Fact Check: President Biden’s Plan To Draw From Strategic Oil Reserve Does NOT Suck It Dry

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim via Social Media: In 2022, Tennessee Republicans supported a piece of legislation that would legalize child marriage.

Snopes.com rating: Mostly True (There is no age restriction in the bill, but the authors claim that is not the intent.)

Would a Proposed Tennessee Law ‘Legalize Child Marriage’?

BLATANT
LIE
(International: Russia): Claim by Kremlin, Russian defense and foreign ministries: “[T]he photos and video footage from Bucha are yet another staged event by the Kiev regime for the Western media, as it was in Mariupol with the maternity hospital, as well as in other cities.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False (More propaganda)

Flagrantly False: Russia’s Claim That Bucha Killings Were ‘Staged’

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