The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/19/2022

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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FALSE Claim by James Lankford (R): “The vast majority of individuals that we’re releasing out (border) are not showing up for hearings.”

Politifact rating: False (Data from the Justice Department show that in fiscal year 2021 and during the first quarter of 2022, most immigrants attended their hearings. This trend is also supported by historical data.)

Most people released by immigration authorities do attend their court hearings

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Bibles are not allowed in schools but are encouraged in prisons.

USA Today rating: False (Bibles are allowed in schools and are not encouraged in Prison.)

Fact check: Bibles are allowed in schools and prisons

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Nancy Pelosi (D): “When unemployment goes down, inflation goes up.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (There is still an element of truth to this outdated theory, economists say, but several decades of real-world experience has shown that the relationship between unemployment and inflation is not all that precise. Unemployment has been very low at times recently without corresponding spikes in inflation.)

Nancy Pelosi repeats outdated economic theory on link between unemployment, inflation

TRUE Claim by Carla Johnson/Associated Press: U.S. deaths from COVID-19 hit 1 million.

Health Feedback rating: Accurate

The US COVID-19 death toll reached the 1 million mark in May 2022; 15 million estimated deaths worldwide

Associated Press Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: A reporter who covered the Buffalo supermarket shooting was a “crisis actor.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (crackpots)

Local TV error leads spurs Buffalo shooting ‘crisis actor’ conspiracy theory

MOSTLY
TRUE
(International: Australia): Scott Morrison’s salary has risen from $140,000 to $550,000 in the past decade.

Australian Associated Press rating: Mostly True (Mr. Morrison earned $140,910 until March 2012, although this had increased to $231,250 by May 2012. He now receives $549,250 as prime minister.)

Has Scott Morrison’s salary gone from $140,000 to $550,000 in a decade?

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