The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/03/2022

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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Claim by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin: Says “Tim Michels doesn’t think gay people should be out in public.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Michels clarified afterward that he did not mean that LGBTQ+ people should not be able to bring their sexuality into the public, but that others shouldn’t have “gay values” imposed on them.)

Wisconsin Dems exaggerate with claim that Tim Michels believes gay people shouldn’t be out in public

Claim via Social Media: Advice on Pfizer vaccine use during pregnancy changed.

Newsweek rating: False (No changes)

Fact Check: Has Advice On Pfizer Vaccine Use During Pregnancy Changed?

Claim by CatholicVote: Three churches were targeted during arson attacks over the summer “because they protect unborn babies and women in need.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (In two of the 2022 arsons, which were believed to be committed by the same person, authorities found no evidence that abortion was the motive of the juvenile who was arrested.)

Catholic group’s ad attacking Biden overstates role of abortion rights as motive in church arsons

FALSE Claim by Kanye West: “Did you use toothpaste with fluoride today? It blocks your pineal gland. And they put children on it.”

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (While some research in animals suggests that a high level of dietary fluoride could affect the pineal gland and melatonin production, there is a lack of such studies in people. Moreover, it’s unclear whether the level of fluoride exposure from toothpaste would give rise to the same effects in people.)

Insufficient evidence to support Kanye West’s claim that fluoride in toothpaste harms the pineal gland

Claim by Jim Jordan and Dan Crenshaw (R): Republicans say 87% of American adults don’t have student loans

Newsweek rating: False (the number of American adults with no student debt is actually 83 percent. MBFC says Mostly False based on being in the ballpark)

Fact Check: Republicans Say 87% of American Adults Don’t Have Student Loans

FALSE (International: Pakistan): Video shows Hindu woman being brutally tortured in Pakistan

The Quint rating: False

Fact Check | Attack on Pakistani Woman Given False Communal Angle

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