The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/18/2022

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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 Joe Biden (D): “Incomes are up.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Without inflation, yes, that is true; however, when inflation is included, wages are down by approximately 4% on a year-over-year basis from July 2021 to July 2022.

President Joe Biden said incomes are up, but that ignores inflation

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via viral image: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Won A Supreme Court Case That Ruled The COVID-19 Vaccine Causes Irreparable Damage.

Lead Stories rating: False (No Such Case)

Fact Check: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Did NOT Win Supreme Court Ruling On COVID Vaccine Causing ‘Irreparable’ Harm — There’s No Case

FALSE Claim by Herschel Walker (R): “Homicides in Atlanta is up 47%” and “rape is up over 200% since Raphael Warnock got in office.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (homicides were up about 16% this year when compared with roughly the same period in 2020, the year before Warnock took office. Meanwhile, rapes were up about 22% as of Sept. 3, when compared with the almost identical point in 2020. Warnock, as a U.S. senator, has almost no control over policies that would affect crime at the local level.)

Herschel Walker Cites Outdated Crime Figures in False Attack on Raphael Warnock

NO
EVIDENCE
Claim by thegatewaypundit.com: “Ethically Unjustifiable” – Scientists from Harvard & John’s Hopkins Found Covid-19 Vaccines 98 Times Worse Than the Virus.

Lead Stories rating: No Evidence (Misrepresented study. Not 98X Worse – There’s no evidence to suggest that getting sick with coronavirus is a better option for the population as a whole than the benefits of immunization.)

Fact Check: COVID-19 Vaccines Are NOT ’98 Times Worse Than The Virus’ — Benefits ‘Far Outweigh The Risk Of Serious Health Effects’

Gateway Pundit Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: If Jeff Bezos’ net worth reaches $1 trillion, “he could literally end world poverty and give everyone $1 billion and he will still have $91.5 billion left.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Blatant Lie or Really bad math: $1 billion x 7.9 billion people + $91.5 billion = $7,900,091,500,000,000. He would need 7.9 Quadrillion Dollars.)

Claim that Jeff Bezos’ fortune could make everyone a billionaire doesn’t add up

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by Russian State Media (RT News): Did Russian Ka-52 destroy Ukraine barge near nuclear plant?

Newsweek rating: False (The structure in the video identified by Russian state media as a “barge” is part of a bridge by the Nazis in 1943.)

Fact Check: Did Russian Ka-52 Destroy Ukraine Barge Near Nuclear Plan

RT News Rating

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