The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/16/2022

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 Greg Abbott (R): Says the Biden administration is choosing to send baby formula to the border as one of its “out-of-touch priorities.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (It is not a choice. A 1997 legal settlement requires border officials to provide adequate food and water, among other things, to children who have been detained. For infants, that can mean providing baby formula. The Biden administration would be breaking the law if it did not have a supply of formula and other food for people detained in government facilities.)

Providing baby formula for babies held at the border is a legal requirement

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by newspunch.com: Official Study Concludes That Masks Caused More COVID.

Lead Stories rating: False (It is not a catalyst for Covid.)

Fact Check: ‘Official Study’ Is NOT Official, Does NOT Conclude That Masks Caused More COVID

Newspunch Rating

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by USA Freedom Fund (R): “Kathy Barnette wants to build a statue of Barack Obama right next to the one of Abraham Lincoln on Capitol Hill.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Barnette launched an online petition proposing a new statue of former President Barack Obama and his family in Washington D.C.)

Pennsylvania US Senate candidate Kathy Barnette wanted Obama statue, but never voted for him

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D): Trump Vowed SCOTUS Picks Would End Roe v. Wade.

Newsweek rating: Mostly True (While Trump has never explicitly vowed or promised to overturn Roe v. Wade, he has described himself as “pro-life” and expressed his intentions to appoint justices who were likely to overturn the abortion ruling.)

Fact Check: Did Trump make SCOTUS picks to end Roe v. Wade, as AOC claims?

FALSE Claim by Viral Image: claims former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy attended the premiere of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s film “2000 Mules” at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence.

Check Your Fact rating: False (Gowdy denied making the remark or attending the event. The quote attributed to him in the post originated from another attendee.)

FACT CHECK: Did Trey Gowdy Attend The Premiere Of ‘2000 Mules’?

BLATANT
LIE
(International: Poland): Polish Armed Forces Wrote Letter Announcing Plan To Send ‘Airborne Units’ To Ukraine

Lead Stories rating: False (Fake Letter)

Fact Check: Polish Armed Forces Did NOT Write Letter In April 2022 Announcing Plan To Send ‘Airborne Units’ To Ukraine

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