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
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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 Ron Desantis (R): Lee County, Florida, wasn’t “even in the cone” of Hurricane Ian 72 hours before landfall.
Politifact rating: Mostly False (Most of Lee County, Florida, was not within the forecast cone of Hurricane Ian 72 hours before landfall. But one of the county’s barrier islands, Cayo Costa, appeared inside the forecast cone on each of the eight advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center on Sept. 25, three days before the storm.)
Most of Florida’s Lee County wasn’t in the cone three days before hurricane, but parts of it were
|Claim via Social media: The government is giving people $8,400 to test solar panels.
USA Today rating: False (No such program exists.)
|TRUE||Claim by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: Herschel Walker misled about “personally treating 4,500 veterans per year,” about “graduating from college” and about “working in law enforcement.”
PolitiFact rating: True (Walker said he treated 4,500 veterans per year. He was employed as a spokesperson for a company that treated veterans. Walker said he was “in the top 1% of my graduating class in college.” The University of Georgia told PolitiFact he did not graduate from the school. Walker said he worked for law enforcement, but did not.)
Did Herschel Walker misrepresent his record on veterans, graduation and law enforcement? Yes
|FALSE||Claim by naturopath Peter Glidden: “The third leading cause of death is MD-directed treatments”
Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (The claims of medical treatments or errors being the third leading cause of death are based on outdated or widely-criticized research.)
Neither medical treatments nor errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
|Claim via Social Media: The CDC expects “the number of people to suffer from blood clots to double — double! — right after the [COVID-19] jabs.”
FactCheck.org rating: False (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted an online seminar about the treatment of blood clots, which is expected to grow as the U.S. population ages and the obesity rate increases. But some vaccine opponents misrepresented the webinar to falsely suggest that the projected rise in blood clots is related to the COVID-19 vaccines.)
COVID-19 Vaccine Opponents Misrepresent CDC Webcast on Causes of Blood Clots
|FALSE||(International: United Kingdom): The video shows Hindus and Muslims fighting against each other in London over a cricket match.
The Quint rating: False
Clip of Protests Over Mahsa Amini’s Death in UK Viral With a False Communal Spin
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“Most of Lee County, Florida, was not within the forecast cone of Hurricane Ian 72 hours before landfall.”
Politifact is a terrible fact checker.