The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/05/2022

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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 Tom Cotton (R): “60% of Alaska voters voted for a Republican, but thanks to a convoluted process and ballot exhaustion — which disenfranchises voters — a Democrat ‘won.’”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Alaskans voted in 2020 to adopt ranked choice voting, a method by which voters rank their preferences of candidates. In a first round of voting, Democrat Mary Peltola won 40% of the vote, with the rest of the votes split between Republicans Sarah Palin (31%) and Nick Begich III (28%). Because no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, voting went to a second round between Peltola and Palin. In the second round, enough voters ranked Peltola to enable her to win, with about 51% of the vote.

How Tom Cotton misleads about ranked choice voting in Alaska

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Doctors for Covid Ethics: mRNA vaccines cause “vascular and organ damage” that can lead to death.

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (The amount of white blood cells in tissue organs of people who died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is similar in many autopsy cases; contrary to the article’s claim, it doesn’t indicate autoimmune inflammation. 

Unsubstantiated claims by Michael Palmer and Sucharit Bhakdi don’t demonstrate that COVID-19 vaccines harm organs

Doctors for Covid Ethics Rating

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Joe Biden (D): “MAGA Republicans … refuse to accept the results of a free election. And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Election deniers are on ballots.)

Fact-checking Joe Biden’s speech about democracy before the 2022 midterms

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Has the NIH quietly approved ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19?

Newsweek rating: False (Not approved and no definitive scientific evidence that it was safe and effective.)

Fact Check: Did NIH Add Ivermectin to List of COVID Treatments?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Viral Image: An image from the WEF shows what diets will look like in 2030.

Check Your Fact rating: False (This image is digitally fabricated. No such graphic or data can be found on the WEF website or verified social media accounts.)

FACT CHECK: Did The World Economic Forum Publish This Graphic Depicting Diets In 2030?

FALSE (International: Australia): Wind and solar power contribute less than two percent of the National Electricity Market’s (NEM) total energy.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Experts say, and data shows, wind and solar generate about one-fifth of the NEM’s power.)

Minuscule wind and solar production claim needs a jolt of truth

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