The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 07/02/2022

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 Gretchen Whitmer (D): “Since I took office, Michigan has added more than 25,000 auto jobs.”

Politifact: Mostly False (The state has not seen a net gain of 25,000 jobs since Whitmer took office. Data shows Michigan’s auto industry is still recovering from the massive job losses suffered during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Whitmer touts growth in auto industry, but jobs data doesn’t show that

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Over four million people in Florida have concealed carry permits

USA Today rating: False (2.5 million)

Fact check: Post exaggerates concealed carry permit holders in Florida

FALSE Claim by Greg Gutfeld (Fox News): No one “with a concealed carry permit ever committed a mass shooting.”

PolitiFact rating: False (The nonprofit Violence Policy Center, which advocates against gun violence, has documented 37 mass shootings that were carried out by people who had concealed carry permits between May 2007 and May 2022, citing media reports.)

Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld falsely claims concealed carry permit holders never committed mass shooting

Fox News Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Trump Called Jan 6 Witness Cassidy Hutchinson “Terrible Employee” in Statement.

Newsweek rating: False (The specific screengrab of a statement, purportedly showing Trump calling Hutchinson a “terrible employee” and a “TOTAL FAILURE”, was in fact fabricated.)

Fact Check: Did Donald Trump Call Cassidy Hutchinson a ‘Terrible Employee’?

FALSE Claim by Will Jones (Daily Sceptic): “Covid Vaccines More Likely to Put You in Hospital Than Keep You Out”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (The preprint compared the risk of serious adverse events with the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization. However, several of these events, such as rash and diarrhea, don’t typically require hospitalization. Claiming that the preprint showed COVID-19 vaccines are more likely to cause hospitalization than prevent it is inaccurate and misrepresents the analysis.)

Studies show that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines outweigh their risks; preprint claiming to show otherwise is flawed

FALSE (International: Argentina): The Argentine government is giving the entire nation a public holiday for the duration of the 2022 World Cup.

Full Fact rating: False (No such holiday has been announced. The country gave workers a half-day holiday in 1978 when it was hosting the event.)

Argentina is not giving all its citizens a 40-day public holiday so they can watch the World Cup – Full Fact

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