The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/09/2022

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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MISLEADING Claim by Joe Biden (D): Putin Is First ‘Direct’ Nuclear Threat Since Cuban Missile Crisis

Newsweek rating: Misleading (Other clashes, between these two nations and elsewhere, have seen the world come to the brink of a nuclear escalation a number of times since the 1960s.)

Fact Check: Is Putin First ‘Direct’ Nuke Threat Since Cuban Missile Crisis?

Claim via Social Media: The Jan. 6 hearing “was abruptly canceled after it was revealed that news networks would not be showing it.”

Politifact rating: False (The hearing was rescheduled because of Hurricane Ian’s impending arrival.)

Jan. 6 committee hearing was postponed because of Hurricane Ian

FALSE Claim by Catherine Cortez Masto (D): “Adam Laxalt said it was ‘good news’ that small Latino businesses suffered during the pandemic because he thought it would benefit him politically.” rating: False (Selectively edited video. This is what he really said: I think the good news is that now we’re a year [the audio drops for a couple seconds] … a lot of those jobs never came back, a lot of those Hispanic small businesses never reopened, and guess who is in charge? We have a Democrat governor, a Democrat House, a Democrat assembly, a Democrat president, Democrat Senate, Democrat House of Representatives. And it’s 100%

In Context: Laxalt’s Comments on Latino Businesses

FALSE Claim by Aseem Malhotra: mRNA COVID-19 vaccines might do more harm than good.

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (Malhotra’s claim that COVID-19 vaccines might do more harm than good is based on anecdotal evidence and low-quality studies—some of them disputed—that are insufficient to support his claim.)

Article by cardiologist Aseem Malhotra made unsupported claims about the benefits and risks of COVID-19 vaccination

Claim via Social Media: “The Obama Foundation stored classified documents in an abandoned furniture warehouse.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (The National Archives and Records Administration temporarily kept classified records from the Obama administration in one of its facilities that had been converted from a former furniture store, but they were later moved to a facility in the Washington D.C. area. Neither President Barack Obama nor the Obama Foundation ever controlled them.)

Claims about Obama Foundation keeping classified records in an abandoned warehouse are wrong

FALSE (International: Norway): “Norway readies its military to counter Biden.”

Politifact rating: False (Norway sent its military to guard part of the Nord Stream pipeline network as a safety precaution following a series of leaks that European authorities believe were deliberately made.)

Norway sent its military to guard offshore oil and gas, not to ‘counter Biden’

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