The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/30/2022

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: COVID-19 vaccines are responsible for the health problems featured in recent news reports.

Politifact rating: False (Articles about health problems featured in a Facebook post suggested that they were linked to COVID-19 vaccines, but that’s wrong, and one article predates the vaccine’s availability in the United States.)

Articles about health problems unrelated to COVID-19 vaccines

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: In 2016, Trump said, “Anyone being investigated by the FBI is not qualified to be the President of the United States” on six different dates.

USA Today rating: False (There is no evidence Trump ever made this statement or a statement similar to it on any of the dates listed in posts that make the claim, according to transcripts of his appearances and rallies from Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 15, Oct. 20, Oct. 21 and Oct. 30 of 2016.)

Fact check: Quote on FBI probes and presidency misattributed to Trump

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Video: Matt Gaetz revealed documents that implicated Jerry Nadler.

Check Your Fact rating: False (There is no evidence that Gaetz introduced documents that implicated Nadler.)

FACT CHECK: Did Matt Gaetz Reveal New Documents That Implicated Jerry Nadler?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Human traffickers marking cars to identify future victims in Pennsylvania.

USA Today rating: False (Law enforcement said no such incident took place, and experts say human trafficking is not known to occur through such methods.)

Fact check: False claim of human trafficking at Pennsylvania Walmart

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Image: An image shows a chyron on Tucker Carlson’s show that said “straight men turning homo after ‘gay hypnosis.’”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (This image was altered. We found no evidence that Tucker Carlson reported on hypnosis turning straight men gay.)

No, this isn’t a real chyron about ‘gay hypnosis’ on Tucker Carlson’s show

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by Anatoly Antonov: “[Maria Butina] was unfairly held in prison for over 18 months, abused, harassed and tortured.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False (apples and oranges)

Dear Kremlin: Brittney Griner Is No Maria Butina

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