The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/19/2022

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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Claim by Tony Evers: Says “Tim Michels wants to defund public education — calling it ‘the definition of insanity’ to continue to fund public schools.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Michels said it was the “definition of insanity” to continually increase funding to public schools without better results. The campaign’s quote makes it seem as though he said it was insane to continue funding them at all, which is wrong.)

Evers campaign off-base with claim about what Michels wants for public ed funding

MISLEADING Claim by The Lincoln Project: Republicans want America to abandon Ukraine.

The Dispatch rating: Misleading (While some Republicans want to abandon, most GOP support for funding Ukraine and overwhelming support for Ukraine over Russia in polling, it’s not accurate to claim that Republicans “want Americans to abandon Ukraine.”)

Fact Checking Claims That Republicans Want to ‘Abandon Ukraine’

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Video shows Gov. Ron DeSantis calling for President Joe Biden to be impeached.

USA Today rating: False (The video shows DeSantis talking about immigration. At no point does it show him calling for the president to be impeached.)

Fact check: DeSantis talking migrants, not Biden impeachment in video

Claim by Nick Myers (R): Federal aid to tribal governments is “foreign aid.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Federally recognized tribal nations are sovereign “domestic dependent nations” within the United States and are not considered foreign governments. Federal support in tribal areas mainly comes from the Interior Department. None comes from the State Department.)

No, assistance to US tribal nations isn’t foreign aid

FALSE Claim via Social media: Texas was the largest oil producer in the world in 2018, above Saudi Arabia.

USA Today rating: False (Texas produced about 1.6 billion barrels of oil in 2018, which is less than what Russia and Saudi Arabia turned out that year. However, the U.S. overall was the world’s largest oil producer in 2018, a title the country has held ever since.)

Fact check: US was world’s top oil producer in 2018, followed by Russia, Saudi Arabia

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by Vladimir Putin, Russian president: “The Kyiv regime has long been using terrorist methods, organizing political assassinations, ethnic cleansings and crackdowns on civilians.” rating: False

Putin Fictitiously Claims Russians in Ukraine Are Being Ethnically Cleansed

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