The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 07/23/2022

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 Mehmet Oz (R): “John Fetterman wants to release one-third of dangerous criminals back into our communities.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has not called for releasing one-third of dangerous criminals. In 2020, he highlighted what he said was a comment by  Pennsylvania’s corrections secretary that the state’s prison population could be reduced by one-third without a risk to public safety.)

In Pennsylvania Senate race, Mehmet Oz distorts John Fetterman’s stance on releasing prison inmates

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Viral Video: A social media video shows Mexican drug cartel members “ready to invade America.”

Lead Stories rating: False (Old Video)

Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Mexican Drug Cartel Members ‘Ready To Invade America’

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Beto O’Rourke (D): “38,000 Texans had their license to carry denied, revoked, or suspended over the last five years because law enforcement deemed them too dangerous to carry a loaded gun in public. But thanks to Greg Abbott’s new law, they don’t need a license to carry anymore.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (O’Rourke’s number of handgun licenses denied, revoked and suspended is off by a fiscal year. It is accurate that you do not need a license to carry a handgun in Texas now. Most people 21 years and older can carry in most public spaces. However, not every one of those people ineligible for a license can carry now. HB 1927 bars some people from carrying, but not everybody who would have been ineligible for a license.)

Beto O’Rourke’s statistic is off in tweet about handgun licenses.

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Langlade, Maricopa counties and Texas unanimously rejected results of 2020 election.

USA Today rating: False (GOP groups in those places passed resolutions to reject the election results, but there was no unanimous action of any kind. And regardless, these proposals have no impact on the certified election results in those areas, which various recounts and audits all confirmed were legitimately won by Biden.)

Fact check: Some Republican parties rejected 2020 election results

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: “Third grade reading scores in the USA help correctional institutions predict how many beds they’ll need in the future.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (nope)

No, third-grade reading scores are not being used to plan for how much space is needed in prisons

FALSE (International: Belarus): Claim by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belarus: “According to local authorities, no military funerals and burials of foreign soldiers have been registered in this settlement.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False

Belarus Razes a Memorial to Polish Soldiers, Then Denies It

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