The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/12/2022

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 via Social Media: Former President Donald Trump asked “for troops around the Capitol to make sure everyone is safe,” on Jan. 6, 2021, but was “turned down by the Democrats.”

Politifact rating: False (Several Trump administration officials who have testified before the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 said they never heard Trump request National Guard support before or during the attack. Congressional Democrats did not deny a request for troops. The D.C. National Guard reports only to the president. If such a request had been made, they would not have had the authority to deny it.)

No proof Trump asked for troops on Jan. 6 or that Democrats denied a request

FALSE Claim by Keith Olbermann: Trump Appointed Judge Who Approved FBI Mar-A-Lago Raid

Newsweek rating: False (Though Trump was indeed President when the appointment was made, the decision did not have presidential oversight.)

Fact Check: Did Trump appoint judge who approved FBI Mar-a-Lago Raid?

FALSE Claim by Rachel Morgan: titanium dioxide in tampons are responsible for reproductive cancers

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (titanium dioxide cannot dissolve in water, meaning that it cannot be absorbed into the blood)

What do we know about the safety of titanium dioxide in menstrual hygiene products?

Claim via Social Media: Food shortages planned by the government AND crops being burned.

Lead Stories rating: False (Prescribed burns to improve soil.)

Fact Check: This Video Does NOT Show Government Burning Crops

Claim by Michael Easley Jr. (D): “North Carolina is among some of the top states in the country for the number of ghost guns that are seized as crime guns.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (A spokesperson for ATF’s Charlotte division confirmed that North Carolina’s ghost gun confiscation numbers are among the top 10 states for recoveries.)

Easley Jr. mostly right about North Carolina ghost gun numbers

FALSE (International: Australia): The hottest decade on record occurred nearly 100 years ago.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The hottest 10-year period was from 2012 to 2021.)

No, the warmest decade was not nearly 100 years ago

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