The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/02/2022

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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MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Herschel Walker (R): Raphael Warnock “called police thugs, then cut their funding.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Warnock used the word “thugs” in a 2015 sermon. He was specifically referring to police in Ferguson, Missouri, not police generally. Warnock sponsored a bill to help small police departments hire and keep officers. He also voted for the American Rescue Plan, which provided billions of dollars to states and local jurisdictions to invest in police departments and other efforts to secure communities.)

The misleading claim that Raphael Warnock ‘called police thugs, then cut their fundi

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media and Dr. Robert Young: Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Reveals Graphene Parasites in CoV 19 Vaccines

Lead Stories rating: False (none of the above)

Fact Check: Graphene, Parasites NOT Found In COVID-19 Vaccines By Robert Young With Electron Microscopy

MISLEADING Claim by Michigan Families United: “Under Gretchen Whitmer, the radicals want a drag queen in every classroom, indoctrinating our children.”

FactCheck.org rating: Misleading (Michigan’s Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel said she was joking when she said in a June speech that there should be “a drag queen for every school.” During the speech, Nessel talked about her frustration with politicians who focus on “wedge issues” that “divide us,” such as whether children should attend events with drag performers.)

Pro-Dixon Ad Uses ‘Joke’ About Drag Queens in a Misleading Attack on Whitmer

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: “Harvard Study Confirms: Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (No evidence)

Water fluoridation hasn’t been associated with cognitive or other health problems so far, contrary to widespread claims

FALSE Claim by Mandela Barnes (D): “Ron Johnson has voted against funding for law enforcement and recently opposed a plan to recruit and train new officers “

PolitiFact rating: False (Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes cited a decade-old vote by Sen. Ron Johnson in favor of a balanced budget, but the best suggestion is cuts to law enforcement might have happened down the line as a result of the measure. They were not part of it.)

Barnes team misfires on claim Johnson voted against law enforcement

FALSE (International: Italy): Italians taking down EU flag in 2022.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The video took place in 2013 against the Italian government and austerity measures, not 2022.)

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Italians Tearing Down An EU Flag In September 2022?

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