The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/18/2022

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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FALSE Claim by Mark Finchem (R): The Electronic Registration Information Center is “a system that’s funded by George Soros.”

Politifact rating: False (In 2012, seven states formed the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC. The partnership, which now includes 33 states, shares voter registration data in an effort to clear the voter rolls of people who have moved or died. ERIC was launched with start-up money from the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts, but is now funded by member states. An organization connected to George Soros gave money to Pew between 2009 and 2011, but it was earmarked for a separate project.)

Arizona’s Mark Finchem falsely links George Soros to voter roll program

MISLEADING Claim by COVID mRNA vaccines are found to cause an 84% increase in death for men ages 18-39.

Lead Stories rating: Misleading (vaccines increase the risk of heart damage or heart-related death “from a very low baseline to still a very low number.)

Fact Check: COVID MRNA Vaccine NOT Found To Cause 84% Increase In Death For Men Ages 18-39

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FALSE Claim via Social Media: The “Department of Homeland Security and the State Department coordinated with a group called the ‘Election Integrity Partnership’ to censor Joe Biden’s opponents.”

Politifact Rating: False (The Election Integrity Partnership, composed of researchers, worked with government agencies, civilian groups and social media platforms to counter mis- and disinformation during the 2020 election cycle. The partnership focused on claims intended to suppress voting, reduce participation, confuse voters or delegitimize election results.)

Partnership targeted election misinformation, not conservatives

Claim via Social Media: Aluminum-based antiperspirants cause or exacerbate breast cancers.

Lead Stories rating: False (Pseudoscience – it does not.)

Fact Check: Aluminum-Based Antiperspirants Do NOT Cause Or Exacerbate Breast Cancers

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Alzheimer’s most of the time is preventable. It’s not genetic, and it’s type 3 diabetes, which is insulin resistance of the brain”

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (Diabetes and Alzheimer’s share common molecular mechanisms and people with type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s. However, there is currently no evidence indicating that diabetes can cause Alzheimer’s nor that insulin treatment can prevent it.)

Type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s, but evidence so far doesn’t show that diabetes causes Alzheimer’s

FALSE (International: South Africa): Over 10,000 foreign nationals are employed in South African government departments

Africa Check rating: Incorrect

Thousands of migrants have jobs in Eskom, Vodacom and South Africa’s government? No, viral message plain wrong

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