The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/18/2022

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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 Joe Biden (D): “Since the start of my presidency, my economic plan has helped … achieve zero percent inflation in July.”

FactCheck.org rating: Mostly False (At zero for only one month and is up 8.5% since the start of Biden’s Presidency.)

U.S. Inflation Rate at ‘Zero’ – for One Month

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Image: purportedly shows a tweet from CNN stating that Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order directing state officials to cease cooperation with federal agencies.

Check Your Fact rating: False (fabricated)

FACT CHECK: Did CNN Report That Ron DeSantis Ordered State Officials To Cease Cooperation With Federal Agencies?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Electric cars in California are not sustainable as only 10% of their batteries are recyclable and the state can’t recycle them.

PolitiFact rating: False (One electric car battery recycling method can recover up to 95% of its materials.)

Video underestimates California’s capacity to accommodate electric cars and recycle their batteries

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Earth’s oil supplies replenish more quickly than they are extracted

USA Today rating: False (It takes millions of years for oil to form. Further, the conditions on modern Earth do not support oil replenishment at the contemporary rate of extraction.)

Fact check: Oil is being extracted more quickly than it is forms

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin banned kneeling during the national anthem

USA Today rating: False (Originated from a satire site and shared by the gullible.)

Fact check: Claim that Mike Tomlin banned kneeling began as satire

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by The Daily Telegraph: Over three quarters of migrants crossed by small boats in 2021.

Full Fact rating: False (This is the proportion of people who arrived via irregular routes, who arrived on a small boat, not the proportion of all migrants. It excludes hundreds of thousands of people who moved to the UK to live, study and work in 2021.)

Telegraph ‘migrant’ graph only captures fraction of arrivals in the UK – Full Fact

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