The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 04/22/2022

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
TRUE
Claim by Raphael Warnock (D): “While the initial increase in oil prices resulted in a near instantaneous increase in gas prices for consumers, the subsequent decrease in crude oil prices has failed to meaningfully provide relief for Georgia’s families at the pump.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (When oil prices rise rapidly, the costs at the pump go up rapidly. When the oil prices decline, the costs at the pump go down more slowly than consumers would like.)

Fact-checking Warnock’s statement that a drop in oil prices doesn’t cause major drop in gas prices

FALSE Claim by Viral Image: alleges Japan has the lowest infant mortality rate while the U.S. has the highest and suggests vaccines play a role in the difference.

Check Your Fact rating: False (Japan has one of the highest rates of childhood vaccination in the world and has the third-lowest infant mortality rate among developed countries. The U.S. has the eleventh-highest infant mortality rate among developed countries, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).)

FACT CHECK: Viral Post Misstates Facts About Infant Mortality And Vaccines In Japan And US

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Social Security Payment Will Become A ‘Federal Benefit Payment’

Lead Stories rating: False (Been a benefit since 1935.)

Fact Check: Social Security Payment Will NOT Become ‘Federal Benefit Payment’ — It’s ALWAYS Been Considered A ‘Benefit’

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Vladimir Putin “released 35,000 children from tunnels and subway in Ukraine.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Originated from a Satire site)

No, Putin didn’t free 35,000 children from Ukraine

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Before Obama we had no ISIS.

Lead Stories rating: False (The Islamic state was founded in 2006 from the former al Qaeda in Iraq. So, there has been an Islamic state since 2006. The only thing that changed while Obama was President was their expansion into Syria.)

Fact Check: ISIS DID Exist Before Obama

FALSE (International: New Zealand): New Zealand’s Digital Identity Trust Framework Bill allows government control over people’s banking.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (There is nothing in the legislation that gives the government power over people’s bank accounts.)

NZ bank account control claim is way off the money

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