The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/15/2022

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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BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Donald Trump’s “rally just got shut down after no one shows up.”

Politifact rating: False (A recent “pro-Trump rally” in Washington, D.C., was organized by supporters, not Trump, and was scantly attended. But it wasn’t canceled.)

No, Trump’s rally wasn’t canceled because of poor attendance

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Trump Admin Sold Largest U.S. Oil Refinery To Saudi Arabia.

Newsweek rating: False (No evidence)

Fact Check: Did Trump admin sell largest U.S. oil refinery to Saudi Arabia?

TRUE Claim by West Virginia Republican Party: “Overdoses reached an all-time high in 2021.”

PolitiFact rating: True

Overdoses reached an all-time high in 2021

FALSE Claim by Sebastian Gorka: Security clearances allow Trump to keep files at Mar-a-Lago

Newsweek rating: False (Security clearances Trump enjoyed while he was president would not by default extend beyond his time in office, and would not supersede the laws that possession of classified documents, which are property of the U.S. government.)

Fact Check: Do security clearances allow Trump to keep files at Mar-a-Lago?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Pfizer executive “admits” vaccine was never tested for preventing transmission.

Politifact rating: False (Old conspiracy: Pfizer did not claim that a clinical trial for its COVID-19 vaccine was testing whether the vaccine prevented transmission of the coronavirus to other people. The aim of the drug trial was to study whether the vaccine was safe and if it prevented disease from SARS-CoV-2. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in December 2020 its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine, the agency said there was no data available on whether the shot prevented transmission from person to person.)

Alleged revelation about Pfizer vaccine trial is nothing new

FALSE (International: Iran): Flag made of Iranian women’s chopped hair during September 2022 protest.

AFP Fact Check rating: False

The ‘hair flag’ is artwork created by Belgian artist in 2014 — years before the 2022 protests in Iran

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