The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/28/2022

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

With Midterms coming up in November, we will be publishing as many politician facts checks as we can find.

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Claim by Joe Biden (D): Says Ron Johnson “wants to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block every single year.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Johnson suggested in a radio show interview that all federal spending should be discretionary, meaning it’s reviewed annually by Congress, and if it’s not reapproved, it ends.)

Biden mostly on track that Ron Johnson wants annual approval of Social Security and Medicare

Claim via Social Media: Aluminum Foil Causes Deadly Diseases.

Lead Stories rating: False (Distorts Study)

Fact Check: NO Evidence Aluminum Foil Causes Deadly Diseases

FALSE Claim by Illinois Family Action: Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Democrats voted to “eliminate all restrictions on abortions up until the day of birth.” rating: False (does not eliminate all restrictions on abortions in Illinois. The Reproductive Health Act allows for abortions after fetal viability, but only to “protect the life or health of the patient.”)

Illinois Law Doesn’t ‘Eliminate All Restrictions on Abortions,’ Contrary to Ad from Advocacy Group

MISLEADING Claim via Social Media: A bill proposed by Republican Liz Cheney and Democrat Zoe Lofgren that passed the House of Representatives on Sept. 21 would automatically bar former U.S. President Donald Trump from being re-elected president.

Reuters Fact Check Rating: Misleading (The Presidential Election Reform Act would not automatically bar Donald Trump from serving again as president if re-elected. While it sets out reasons to object against a presidential candidate, including if they engaged in insurrection, there would need to be a determination that this applied to Trump and both chambers would have to sustain objections by majority vote.) 

Fact Check-‘Presidential Election Reform Act’ would not automatically ban Trump from becoming president again

Claim by Video: claims Sen. Ted Cruz said Dr. Anthony Fauci should be ‘locked up’ for committing perjury

Check Your Fact rating: False (The post’s caption is inaccurate. At no point in the video does Cruz call for Fauci to be “locked up.”)

FACT CHECK: Did Ted Cruz Say Dr. Fauci Should Be ‘Locked Up’ For Committing Perjury?

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by Liz Truss: Under the government’s new energy support package nobody is having to pay more than £2,500 on their bills.

Full Fact rating: False (This figure refers to the amount a household will pay, based on average energy usage. Depending on property type and energy usage, some households will pay more than this, although some will pay less.)

Liz Truss wrong to claim ‘no household’ will pay more than £2,500 on energy bills – Full Fact

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