The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/22/2022

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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 the Alliance for Common Sense: Says Tim Michels’ family foundation “funded an organization that tracks women when they get near abortion clinics … he wants to treat women like they’re the criminals.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Tim Michels’ parents’ foundation, which he was a trustee of until 2019, gave $20,000 to the Veritas Society, a digital marketing company that tracks the locations of women entering and leaving abortion clinics to send them targeted anti-abortion ads. But the ad falsely equates the practice with the ankle monitors used by law enforcement to keep track of people in the criminal justice system who are out of jail or prison.)

Ad is off-base with claim that Tim Michels wants to treat women like criminals

FALSE Claim by the Epoch Times: CO2 is not the cause of our current warming trend; Arctic sea ice has expanded in recent years; Polar bears’ population is growing and is not threatened by climate change; CO2 is good for plant life.

Climate Feedback rating: Incorrect (Wrong or misleading on all accounts.)

The Epoch Times prints a range of inaccurate and misleading claims about climate change’s impacts and causes

Epoch Times Rating

NO
CONSENSUS
Claim by Joe Biden (D): “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID, we’re still doing a lot of work on it, but the pandemic is over.”

FactCheck.org rating: Misleading (Some Scientists Disagree.)

Is the Pandemic ‘Over’? Biden Says So, But Scientists Say That’s Up for Debate

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Ronna McDaniel (R): President Joe Biden “had nothing to say about 53 migrants dying in TX after being smuggled in a trailer.”

The Dispatch rating: False (In a statement on June 28, the president said: “This incident underscores the need to go after the multi-billion dollar criminal smuggling industry preying on migrants and leading to far too many innocent deaths. In Los Angeles two weeks ago, I announced that the United States has launched a first-of-its kind anti-smuggling campaign with our regional partners. In the first three months, we have made over 2,400 arrests, and that work will only intensify in the months ahead.”)

Fact Check: Did Biden Have ‘Nothing to Say’ About the Deaths of 53 Migrants?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Martha’s Vineyard “used the military to deport every last illegal migrant from their island.”

Politifact rating: False (Deportations are carried out by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, not the military. They are not being detained.)

Military didn’t ‘deport’ immigrants from Martha’s Vineyard

FALSE (International: Philippines): Claim by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.: The Marcos family “had no chance” to respond to the P203-billion estate tax case when it was in court because they were in exile in Hawaii.

VERA Files rating: False

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Marcos Jr. falsely claims his family ‘had no chance’ to respond to P203–B tax case

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