The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/27/2022

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 Beto O’Rourke (D): Texas is “50th in the nation in mental health care access.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (A 2022 report on mental health in the United States by the nonprofit Mental Health America puts Texas last among states and the District of Columbia for access to mental health care.)

A recent report put Texas last among states and DC in mental health care access

FALSE Claim via Social Media and Conservative Pundits: President Biden is giving the World Health Organization control over U.S. health care and national sovereignty

USA Today rating: False (The amendments the Biden administration proposed are intended to strengthen the WHO’s response to international health emergencies. It will not give the WHO any authority in the U.S.)

Fact check: World Health Organization has no authority in the US

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Joe Biden (D): “When we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings went down. When the law expired, mass shootings tripled.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Several studies find that mass shooting deaths fell slightly in the decade of the federal assault weapon ban, and then rose dramatically in the decade that followed. However, no strong evidence shows that the ban’s presence or its end caused the change in mass shooting deaths, but many studies find a correlation.

Joe Biden said mass shootings tripled when the assault weapon ban ended. They did

Joe Biden Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Monkeypox is a Symptoms Of ‘Vaccine Induced AIDS’

Newsweek rating: False (Crackpottery)

Fact Check: Is Monkeypox a Symptom Of ‘Vaccine-Acquired AIDS’?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: ABC News altered the Uvalde, Texas, school shooter’s photo to appear more Caucasian.

Politifact rating: False (This claim is about as predictable as a clock. There is no evidence that the news organization published any altered images of the gunman.)

ABC News didn’t use an altered photo of the Uvalde school shooter to make him look more Caucasian

BLATANT
LIE
(International: Australia): Photo shows Russians queuing up to purchase their final McDonald’s meal

AFP Fact Check rating: False (Wrong it is a photo of their opening in 1990.)

Photo shows Moscow’s first McDonald’s restaurant opening in 1990, not chain’s closure in Russia

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