The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/02/2022

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 by Social media: A Florida car dealer quoted $30,000 to replace battery on a Chevrolet Volt.

USA Today rating: True (The dealership’s service director said the vehicle was no longer covered by a warranty and the battery was discontinued, meaning it would have to be purchased at a high cost from a third-party supplier.)

Fact check: Dealer quoted $30,000 to replace Volt battery

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: The FBI “spent more time investigating” the Jan. 6 Capitol attack than 9/11.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (The FBI’s 9/11 investigation began Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the attacks. The investigative team grew smaller over the years, but documents show the attacks were still under investigation nearly 15 years later. The FBI’s Jan. 6 investigation began the day of the attack and continues nearly two years later.)

Jan. 6 Capitol attack investigation nowhere near as lengthy as the one for 9/11

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by American Action Network: Joe Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan is a “bailout for rich kids.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (The vast majority of the student loan debt relief will go to Americans on the lower end of the income scale. By one independent estimate, 75% of the relief will go to households in the bottom 60% by income.)

Most relief from Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan flows to lower-income borrowers, not higher

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Tucker Carlson: “At the same moment that Biden is accusing Republicans of fascism, his DHS has published a cartoon on Facebook urging children to report their parents to federal authorities if their parents post something called covid disinformation.”

The Washington Post rating: Four Pinocchios (Tucker makes up another one.)

Analysis | No, Biden is not telling kids to report their parents for covid disinformation

Tucker Carlson Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social media: Antarctica has not warmed in 70 years.

USA Today rating: False (The continent has warmed in that timeframe, particularly in the west.)

Fact check: Antarctica has warmed in the last 70 years

FALSE (International: Ukraine): Microwaved foods lead to a higher percentage of cancerous cells in the bloodstream.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (There is no evidence that microwaved foods cause cancer or increase cancerous cells.)

Microwave meme cooks up cancer food fears

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