The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/23/2022

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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BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Video implies talk between Barack Obama and Kamala Harris has coded references to pedophilia.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Crackpot followers of the Pizzagate and QAnon conspiracy theories claim the exchange was filled with coded messages about pedophilia. The followers provided an FBI document and a leaked email to Obama as proof of the conversation’s hidden meaning. The document and email are fakes, and the conspiracy theorists’ allegations are unfounded.)

No, Barack Obama and Kamala Harris did not have a coded conversation about pedophilia in 2020

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: claims to show a memo from the World Economic Forum (WEF) detailing a special commission’s review of “Great Reset Phase I.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (The image is digitally fabricated. There are no credible news reports to support the claim and no such memo appears on the WEF’s official website or its verified social media pages.)

FACT CHECK: Did The World Economic Forum Issue A Memo About ‘Phase I’ Of The Great Reset?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: A doctor diagnosed that a man had Monkeypox by looking at skin lesions on his legs while on a metro trip

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (not that easy)

What you need to know about the current monkeypox outbreak: transmission, symptoms, treatments, etc.

FALSE Claim by Tim Scott (R): “The Congressional Budget Office says 90% of the revenue generated from the new IRS agents will come from people making less than $200,000 … and the revenue generated will be $300-plus billion.”

Politifact rating: False (Under the Democrats’ tax and spending bill, the IRS will get tens of billions to target corporations and high-net-worth individuals to collect the taxes they owe.)

Tim Scott mangles false GOP talking point on IRS hounding average taxpayers

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Donald Trump said in a Truth Social post “Can’t trust a guy named Weisselberg – know what I mean?” after the Trump Org CFO pled guilty.

Lead Stories rating: False (This is satire)

Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say ‘Can’t T

FALSE (International: Ukraine): President Zelenskiy has sold off 17 million hectares of Ukrainian farmland to US corporations.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Ukrainian laws forbid foreign ownership of agricultural land.)

Not a grain of truth in Ukrainian farmland claim

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