The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/31/2022

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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 Deidre DeJear (D): “$1.5 billion of your taxpayer money is sitting in an account” that can be used for other purposes.

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deidre DeJear said the state has $1.5 billion in reserve that could be spent on programs. The governor has no say over how funds in a Taxpayer Relief Fund is spent.)

Differences exist in how to spend it, but state budget surplus has cash

MISLEADING Claim by Mark Steyn: “[T]he peak of vaccine mandates in America […] coincides with massive excess mortality among people in the prime of life”

Health Feedback rating: Misleading (Steyn claimed that sudden deaths among young people increased in 2021 based on anecdotal evidence and data that are either preliminary or don’t support such a claim. There is also no evidence suggesting a link between COVID-19 vaccines and cases of sudden death.)

COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of death, contrary to Mark Steyn’s misleading interpretation of mortality data

FALSE Claim by Viral image: “Nearly half of pregnant women in Pfizer trial miscarried.”

PolitiFact rating: False (This statistic was based on a misinterpretation of data. It has since been corrected. The miscarriage rate during the trial tracked with the rate of miscarriages in society at large.)

It’s not true that nearly half of pregnant women in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial miscarried

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Dominion voting machines failed in a Colorado 2022 primary recount

USA Today rating: False (The machines in question were tested before the recount began, and they performed with 100% accuracy.)

Fact check: Dominion voting machines in Colorado performed properly during 2022 primary recount

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster New Jersey will pay no taxes due to Ivana trump’s gravesite.

Check Your Fact rating: False (While there is a parcel of land that is designated as a cemetery and could be tax-exempt, it does not apply to the entire resort.)

FACT CHECK: Will Trump’s Golf Resort Pay No Taxes Due To Ivana’s Burial Site?

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by Sergey Shoigu: “We strictly comply with humanitarian law during the special operation.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False (evidence of war crimes)

War Crimes and the Russian Defense Minister’s Fantasy World

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