The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/23/2022

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 (D): If a 12-year-old girl became pregnant because of rape or incest, “Tim Michels would force her to deliver the baby.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (He opposed such exceptions in his current gubernatorial campaign. In several instances up through September 2022, he reiterated that he does not support them. In late September, he said he would sign a bill creating such exceptions if he saw one come across his desk as governor. But his campaign maintained that his personal beliefs on the subject hadn’t changed.)

Evers’ campaign mostly on track about Michels opposing rape, incest exceptions to abortion ban

FALSE Claim by Daily Mail and Fox News: Boston University created covid-19 strain with 80 percent kill rate in humans.

Lead Stories rating: False (The opposite is true. It was less deadly.)

Fact Check: Boston University Covid-19 Strain Killed 20% FEWER Mice Than Wild Strain – ‘80% Kill Rate’ Did NOT Refer To Humans

Daily Mail Rating, Fox News Rating

MISLEADING Claim by Senate Majority PAC: Dr. Mehmet Oz “praised a plan” that could “hike taxes on working families.” rating: Misleading (Oz’s vague comments praising a plan from Sen. Rick Scott that included a (since deleted) provision that said, “All Americans should pay some income tax … even if a small amount.” Oz has not endorsed that aspect of Scott’s original plan, and he vows to cut taxes.)

Ads Distort Oz’s Position on Abortion, Taxes and Social Security

Claim via Social Media: TX schools are distributing DNA kits to identify kids in school shootings. rating: False (The kits are meant to help locate missing kids.)

Texas school DNA kits are for missing kids, not school shootings |

Claim by Blake Masters (R): Immigrants illegally in the country are treated “better than military veterans.”

Politifact rating: False (Veterans are eligible for free or low-cost care at VA hospitals, housing assistance and for many, monthly checks. Immigrants illegally in the country can receive free emergency medical care, but are ineligible for most federal aid programs. Veterans are eligible to receive Social Security benefits; except in rare circumstances, those immigrants here illegally who pay into Social Security don’t qualify for benefits.)

Blake Masters’ flawed comparison of treatment for veterans, immigrants illegally in the country

FALSE (International: Australia): Australian Farmers Forced To Vaccinate Livestock With Deadly mRNA Vaccines

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: mRNA Vaccines For Livestock Are NOT Mandated For Australian Farmers As Of October 2022

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