The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/14/2022

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 Matt Gaetz (R): The government is arming up the IRS because “Joe Biden is raising taxes and disarming Americans.”

Politifact rating: False (The IRS purchases guns and ammunition for special agents in its criminal investigation division, a law enforcement branch established in 1919. The typical IRS auditors that Americans would encounter in a routine audit are unarmed. The special agents who are armed investigate crimes ranging from money laundering to cybercrime. There were fewer agents in 2021 than there were in 2017. The division’s spending on ammunition this year is on par with previous years and less than what was spent a decade ago, IRS data shows.)

No, Biden is not arming up the IRS with guns and ammunition

Claim via Social Media: ‘The View’ settled with Kyle Rittenhouse for $22 million.

USA Today rating: False (Representatives for both “The View” and Rittenhouse have said the claim of a settlement is not true, and that no lawsuit between the parties ever existed.)

Fact check: False claim of $22 million settlement between The View, Kyle Rittenhouse

Claim by Donald Trump (R): “President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (In 2017, the Obama Foundation said it would fund the digitization of the records. The National Archives and Records Administration said it “assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama presidential records when Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act.”)

Why Trump is wrong to suggest Obama personally kept ‘33 million pages of documents’

Claim by Judicial Watch: Donald Trump was allowed to destroy classified documents.

Newsweek rating: Mostly False (Apart from the fact that there is still no publicly-available evidence that Donald Trump destroyed documents, he would have no presidential or other privilege to do so even if he had. U.S. Codes on the protection of presidential records state that destruction of consequential or politically significant material could lead to a fine or imprisonment (or both) and make him ineligible to run for office.)

Fact Check: Was Donald Trump Allowed To Destroy Classified Documents?

Judicial Watch Rating

FALSE Claim by Stacy Abrams (D): “Brian Kemp wants to investigate and punish women for having miscarriages.”

Politifact rating: False (Kemp has not said he wants women investigated or punished for pregnancies that end in miscarriage. A six-week abortion law Kemp signed said miscarriage is legal.)

Abrams distorts new Georgia abortion law; Kemp has not moved to investigate women for miscarriages

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by Retired Nurse John Campbell: More children suffered a severe reaction to the Covd-19 vaccine than required oxygen therapy for Covid-19.

Full Fact rating: False (This is not correct, because it is based on data for adverse events that may not have been caused by the vaccine. It also makes a false comparison, for several other reasons.)

YouTuber misinterprets Covid-19 vaccine evidence on children from Singapore – Full Fact

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