The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/07/2022

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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Claim by Rebecca Kleefisch (R): “Tim Michels pushed for years to raise (Wisconsin’s) gas tax.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Michels does have ties to groups that have advocated for raising Wisconsin’s gasoline tax — having previously sat on their boards, or having representatives of Michels Corp. serve on them currently. Still, there’s no evidence that Michels himself wanted to raise the gas tax. And he has said on the campaign trail he does not support doing so.)

No evidence Michels personally pushed for gas tax increase, despite ties to groups that did

Claim by (Chiropractor) Gary Brecka: Excess folic acid from food causes ADHD; folic acid is a dangerous chemical in food.

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, but scientific studies suggest that genes play a role. There’s no evidence that excess folic acid in food leads to ADHD in children, as suggested in the video, nor did the video provide any evidence for this claim.)

No evidence for claim that excess folic acid causes ADHD; MTHFR gene variants are common, generally don’t cause health problems

FALSE Claim by Meme: Monkeypox “typically last 2-4 months.” rating: False (Monkeypox typically lasts between two and four weeks)

Four False Claims About Monkeypox

Claim by Social media: Global warming is from solar winds and changes in Earth’s magnetic field

USA Today rating: False (Global warming is caused by thermal radiation that has been trapped by greenhouse gases.)

Fact check: Global warming caused by human activity, not solar winds or weakened magnetic field

TRUE Claim by Jon Stewart: Jon Stewart Says That Toxic Burn Pit Bill Didn’t Change?

Newsweek rating: True (Jon Stewart was correct to say that nothing significant changed in the bill, or was added to it, between the June 2022 and July 2022 versions, as a comparison between the two documents shows.)

Fact Check: Is Jon Stewart Correct About Toxic Burn Pit Bill Changes?

FALSE (International: Taiwan): United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi secretly entered Taiwan using a submarine.

Rappler rating: False

US House Speaker Pelosi did not enter Taiwan secretly using a submarine

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