The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/24/2022

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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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Claim by Mandela Barnes (D): Says under his plan to end cash bail “the Waukesha perpetrator wouldn’t have been released “

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Under the current system, cash bail is meant to ensure a defendant shows up at trial. It’s not meant to keep the defendant in jail. So, once bail is posted, he or she can go free. It’s possible Brooks might not have been released, but there is no guarantee of that.)

High probability that Barnes plan to end cash bail would have kept parade suspect in jail

Claim by Viral Video: Ron DeSantis confronted Hunter Biden in Florida.

Check Your Fact rating: False (There is no evidence that DeSantis confronted Hunter Biden in Florida. The videos are not related to either Biden at all.)

FACT CHECK: Did Ron DeSantis Confront Hunter Biden In Florida?

MISLEADING Claim by National Republican Senatorial Committee: Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia “voted with Biden to slash Medicare spending.” rating: Misleading (The bill seeks to cut costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate some prescription drug prices, not by cutting benefits.)

NRSC’s Misleading Attack on Warnock

FALSE Claim by The Gateway Pundit and Florida Standard: “Covid-19 Vaccines 98 Times Worse Than the Virus”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (The preprint didn’t report that COVID-19 vaccines are 98 times worse than the virus.)

COVID-19 vaccines provide important benefits; SSRN preprint didn’t find COVID-19 vaccines to be “98 times worse” than the virus

Gateway Pundit Rating, The Florida Standard Rating

FALSE Claim via Social Media: No Republicans Thanked Biden for Taking Out the Leader of Al Qaeda.

Lead Stories rating: False (Several GOP members of Congress publicly acknowledged Biden for the July 31, 2022 drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda and one of the conspirators behind 9/11.)

Fact Check: Republicans DID Thank Biden For Drone Strike That Killed Al Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri

FALSE (International: Philippines): The Trilateral Commission, a global membership organization, used actress Dovie Beams to blackmail former president Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Rappler rating: False

The Trilateral Commission did not use Dovie Beams to blackmail former president Marcos

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