The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/31/2022

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 Chris Carr (R): Stacey Abrams “supported the MLB boycott.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Abrams even personally lobbied Major League Baseball not to take that step before the league announced its boycott.)

No, Stacey Abrams didn’t support the baseball All-Star game boycott of Atlanta

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Image: claims to show images of an oil well and a lithium mine and alleges that lithium mining is significantly worse for the environment than drilling for oil.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The image featured in the post shows a copper mine, not a lithium mine. Mining experts refuted some of the post’s claims.)

FACT CHECK: Viral Post Spreads Misinformation About Oil Wells And Lithium Mines

FALSE Claim via Social Media: A Mars Rover photo captured by NASA shows a doorway, suggesting extraterrestrial life.

PolitiFact rating: False (NASA officials and Mars experts dismissed claims that the doorway is evidence of extraterrestrial life and said the formation is an unremarkable, naturally-occurring crevice that matches many others seen around the planet.)

Mars ‘doorway’ photo shows a naturally-occurring crevice, not proof of life on the planet

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Apple cider vinegar and thermogenic supplements are effective for rapid weight loss

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (Research about the effect of apple cider vinegar on weight loss is limited to a few studies in animals and small trials in humans. The modest effects observed after consuming apple cider vinegar and thermogenic supplements are unlikely to cause very large weight loss.)

No scientific evidence supports the claim that consuming apple cider vinegar and thermogenic supplements produces significant and rapid weight loss

FALSE Claim by Gary Black (R): Agriculture “is still the No. 1 sector of the economy” in Georgia.

PolitiFact rating: False (Federal data shows that agriculture accounted for about 0.7% of Georgia’s GDP in 2021. That ranked far down the list of biggest industry sectors in the state.)

Georgia GOP candidate (and state ag secretary) gets it wrong on agriculture’s footprint in state

BLATANT
LIE
(International: Finland): Finland is moving military equipment to the eastern border with Russia

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Video shows tanks heading for military exercise in western Finland, not to Russian border

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2 Comments on "The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/31/2022"

  1. I seem to recall that Abrams did indeed support moving the MLB game out of Atlanta, before any scrubbing began to “support” the opposite after the damage was done.

  2. NASA officials and Mars experts dismissed claims that the doorway is evidence of extraterrestrial life and said the formation is an unremarkable, naturally-occurring crevice that matches many others seen around the planet. ….from https://technukti.org/

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