The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/01/2022

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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TRUE Claim via Social Media: Image claims to show a list of “Republican members of Congress whose PPP loans were forgiven.”

Politifact rating: True (The list and the names on it are real.)

Businesses associated with these GOP politicians had pandemic loan program borrowings forgiven

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Monkeypox is a sexually transmitted disease among gay men.

USA Today rating: False (The monkeypox virus can spread to anyone and the disease is not limited to gay men. Monkeypox is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection as it can spread various ways such as exposure to respiratory secretions or skin contact.)

Fact check: Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close contact

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by National Republican Senatorial Committee: Says Democratic Senate candidate Mandela Barnes “supports abolishing ICE.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (The NRSC did not provide any direct statements from Barnes that he holds this position – and he has stated clearly multiple times he backs reforming ICE, not eliminating it.)

GOP Senate group off the mark with claim that Barnes backs abolishing ICE

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Joseph Mercola: WHO’s monkeypox public health emergency declaration “appears to be financially motivated.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (No Evidence)

Post Makes Baseless Allegations About Public Health Response to Monkeypox Outbreak

Mercola Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Mark Finchem (R): “In Arizona, we have flood the zone with fake ballots.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (Finchem, an Arizona secretary of state candidate, wants to eliminate expansive voting by mail. The state has allowed voting by mail for decades without an excuse. The majority of voters in both parties vote that way. In Arizona, voters who want to receive a mail ballot for a specific election or on a continuing basis must opt in.)

Arizona Republican secretary of state candidate wrong about ‘fake’ mail ballots

FALSE (International: Ukraine): Putin is stuck: 10 thousand NATO Troops entered the territory of Ukraine!

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: ’10 Thousand NATO Troops’ Did NOT Enter Ukraine Between August 24 And August 26, 2022

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