The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/23/2022

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 Lee Zeldin (R): Every time a Republican has been elected president over the last few decades, House Democrats have objected to the result.

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Democrats made objections to election results during election certifications in 2001, 2005 and 2017.) 

House Democrats have objected to presidential election results, though under different circumstances

Claim by Dr. Simone Gold: “children in the UK aged 5-11 will no longer be offered COVID jabs,” due to “concerns” about “developmental side effects in children.”

The Dispatch rating: False (COVID-19 vaccines are currently being offered to children ages 5-11 who are in clinical risk groups. There is no credible evidence to support the claim that the COVID vaccine is not being offered due to “concerns” about “developmental side effects in children.”)

Fact Checking Claims About COVID Vaccines for Kids in the U.K.

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Claim by Mandela Barnes (D): “Ron Johnson just came out in favor of a federal abortion ban.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Barnes uses fear-inspiring language that suggest Johnson backs an outright ban on any abortion at any point. Johnson has long supported a federal ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy.)

Challenger Barnes vastly overstates case, suggesting U.S. Sen. Johnson backs outright abortion ban

Claim via Social Media: Alzheimers and Dementia Patients ALWAYS Have High Levels Of Aluminum.

Lead Stories rating: No evidence (Levels Vary)

Fact Check: Alzheimer’s, Dementia Patients Do NOT ‘ALWAYS Have High Levels Of Aluminum’

FALSE Claim via Social Media: To qualify for Ohio SNAP benefits, “now a family of 3 can make up to $3,660 a month and it used to be $2,700, so it’s gone up almost $1,000 a month.”

PolitiFact rating: False (For fiscal year 2023, which begins Oct. 1, the gross income limit will increase by $116 for a household of three, in nearly all states.)

Ohio did not drastically increase income thresholds for SNAP benefit eligibility

FALSE (International: Australia): US billionaire George Soros attended the UN’s COP26 climate summit in 2021.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (George Soros was not on the participant list at COP26. The claim appears to have mistaken Sir David Attenborough for Mr Soros.)

Soros climate summit conspiracy a case of mistaken identity

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