The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/16/2022

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 Club for Growth: As attorney general, Catherine Cortez Masto “opposed tougher laws on methamphetamine dealers.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (As attorney general, now-Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto chaired the Governor’s Working Group on Methamphetamine Use in Nevada. The group opposed two bills that would increase penalties for meth possession. The group supported other bills and initiatives to mitigate Nevada’s meth crisis. Cortez Masto also opposed reducing sentences for immigrants who were illegally in the country and were convicted of meth trafficking.)

Fact-checking ad on Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto’s record against meth dealers

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: claims former President Donald Trump purportedly said there are ‘MAGA traitors everywhere.’

Check Your Fact rating: False (There is no evidence suggesting Trump made such a statement.)

FACT CHECK: Did Trump Say There Are ‘MAGA Traitors Everywhere’?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: The arrest of election software CEO Eugene Yu proves “another election integrity ‘conspiracy theory’ confirmed.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (Not Related to Votes)

Social Media Claims Misrepresent Election Software CEO’s Arrest

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Durham Unveils Biden’S Disgusting “R.Ussian Plot” To Help Hilary 2024.

Lead Stories rating: False (Baseless as Durham has said no such thing. A post making the claim includes various Newsmax clips as supposed support for its statement, but the clips do not corroborate the allegation. They are unrelated to it.)

Fact Check: Durham Did NOT Unveil Biden’s ‘Russian Plot’ Aimed At Getting Clinton Elected in 2024

FALSE Claim via viral image: Did Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy use green screen technology, lots of editing and help from Hollywood to produce propaganda to “make things appear real”?

Lead Stories rating: False (The photo shows a studio that created a hologram of Zelenskyy to deliver an address to audiences at four tech festivals in Europe on June 15, 2022. The hologram was not a deceptive way to make people think that Zelenskyy was actually somewhere where he was not.)

Fact Check: Green-Screen-Studio Photo Does NOT Reveal Deception By Zelenskyy

FALSE (International: New Zealand): The New Zealand Labour Party owns media website The Spinoff.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The Spinoff is independently owned and is not affiliated with the Labour party in NZ.)

Meme spins the truth with claim NZ Labour owns news firm

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