The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/02/2022

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 Joe Kent (R): Jaime Herrera Beutler’s “plan for Social Security” is a “25% cut in benefits and complete insolvency in 10 years.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (That is not her plan)

Washington GOP House Candidates Attack Each Other on Social Security

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Moderna CEO Has Stepped Down.

Lead Stories rating: False (Still The CEO)

Fact Check: Moderna CEO Has NOT ‘Walked Away’ As Of July 26, 2022

FALSE Claim via Social Media: A “small area” in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico “has enough oil to fuel America for the next 200 years.”

Politifact rating: False (The Permian Basin, America’s largest, most productive oil basin, is estimated to hold 71 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Even if 71 billion barrels were immediately recoverable, the U.S. would consume that amount of oil in about 10 years.)

The Permian Basin is America’s largest oil basin, but alone couldn’t fuel the US for 200 years

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Children’s Health Defense: “‘#Monkypox has never spread like this before’. – Dr. Meryl Nass, former biological warfare epidemiologist discussing the possibility of the virus being a bioweapon…”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: No Evidence (There is no evidence the current strain of monkeypox was lab-engineered.)

There is No Evidence Monkeypox is a Bioweapon

Children’s Health Defense Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Gateway Pundit: In 2020, “250,000 ballots were manufactured” in Georgia and “Biden was given win” by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (Days after Election Day, as more ballots were counted in Georgia, the results flipped to Biden. This was not a sign of fraud.)

Gateway Pundit distorts unofficial Georgia 2020 results

Gateway Pundit Rating

FALSE (International: Ireland): Purportedly shows an article published by TheJournal.ie with a headline that reads, “Monkeypox can live on door handles and toilet seats for 120 years and can infect anyone from 5 miles away.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (The image is digitally altered. There are no credible reports suggesting TheJournal.ie published such an article.)

FACT CHECK: Did TheJournal.ie Publish This Article About Monkeypox Living On Surfaces For Up To 120 Years?

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