The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/08/2022

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 Jeffrey Toobin: “There has never been a leak anything like this” draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. “There’s never been a leak of a vote — much less an actual opinion, much less in a case of this significance.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Experts said the public release of a draft majority opinion is unprecedented. Supreme Court leaks happen rarely, but there are times when votes and decisions have been leaked before rulings are publicly announced.)

Sometimes SCOTUS leaks happen, but a leaked majority opinion draft is new

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Dan Bongino: “the CGG CGG coding […] does not appear in nature”, this and the furin cleavage site from the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein gene suggests the virus wasn’t transmitted from animals to humans

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Bongino’s attempt at being a genetics expert fails…The genetic sequence CGG CGG, which codes for a pair of arginines, a type of amino acid, can be found in the genome of several other coronaviruses, not just SARS-CoV-2. This sequence does exist in nature.)

The CGG CGG genetic sequence and furin cleavage sites also exist in naturally-occurring viruses; these features aren’t evidence of genetic manipulation

Dan Bongino Rating

FALSE Claim by The Gateway Pundit: “A STOLEN ELECTION: State totals minus illegal ballot trafficking numbers give President Trump decisive victories in AZ, GA, MI, PA, and WI.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Gateway Pundit assumed that all of the mail-in ballots that True the Vote raised questions about are illegal and should be thrown out, and that all of them were for Biden.)

Claims that the 2020 election was stolen are still false

Gateway Pundit Rating

FALSE Claim by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D): “In Texas, Republicans passed a law allowing rapists to sue their victims for getting an abortion.”

The Washington Post rating: Four Pinocchios (Women who obtain abortions after fetal cardiac activity has been detected are specifically exempted from the law.)

A pair of Four-Pinocchio abortion claims from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Scott

TRUE Claim by Lee Zeldin (R): “New York leads the U.S. in population loss.”

PolitiFact rating: True (Census data shows that New York’s population declined by 1.58% between July 2020 and July 2021, which is the latest population estimate available. That was the largest percentage loss of any state during that period.)

Does New York lead the nation in population loss?

BLATANT
LIE
(International: Belarus): Claim by Alexander Lukashenko: “We categorically do not accept any war. We have done and are doing everything now so that there isn’t a war.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False (intelligence and media reports indicate that Lukashenko was privy to and embraced Russia’s plan for a full-scale war against Ukraine, even as Russia for months lied about its plans.)

False: Belarus Doing ‘Everything’ to Stop Russia’s War on Ukraine

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