The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/25/2022

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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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FALSE Claim by NC Trooper Ben Kral: “Violent crime (is) at an all-time high.”

Politifact rating: False (FBI reports show that violent crime peaked in the early 1990s.)

NC trooper wrong about violent crime hitting record high

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Image: purportedly shows U.S. Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz kissing former President Donald Trump’s Hollywood star.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The image is digitally fabricated. A spokesperson for Oz confirmed the image is edited.)

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Dr. Oz Kissing Donald Trump’s Hollywood Star?

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Tom Cotton (R): The Inflation Reduction Act “doubles the size of the IRS, raises your taxes and spends billions on a green energy slush fund.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (It doesn’t Double the size. The law directly levies tax increases only on very large corporations and high-earning money managers. Independent experts say that for most Americans, the indirect impact of those hikes will likely be offset by provisions such as tax credits. No evidence of a slush fund.)

Tom Cotton misleads on how Inflation Reduction Act will impact size of IRS, taxes

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Freedom of Information requests show phone calls between Ray Epps and Nancy Pelosi’s office before the Jan. 6 attack

USA Today rating: False (complete fiction.)

Fact check: Pelosi’s office, Ray Epps did not have calls before Jan. 6

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Donald Trump is Representing Himself in Lawsuit Against DOJ.

Newsweek rating: False (No, Trump didn’t go pro se—his attorneys are listed in the case files, civil cover form and other documents submitted to the Southern District of Florida.)

Fact Check: Is Donald Trump Representing Himself In Lawsuit Against DOJ?

FALSE (International: Australia): The HAARP ionospheric research facility can be used to change the weather.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Pseudoscience- The radio waves emitted by HAARP have no impact on our weather.)

HAARP weather control conspiracy is off in the clouds

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