The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/29/2022

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 Ted Budd (R): Cheri Beasley was “encouraging (riots) all across our state and all across our country in 2020.”

Politifact rating: False (Beasley said the protest violence was a distraction from the main issue of police brutality, and that telling protesters to “go home” wouldn’t work. No evidence that Beasley has ever explicitly encouraged rioting or violence.)

Budd takes Beasley’s protest comments too far

UNPROVEN Claim by NewsBusters: Study Shows Google Censors Republicans in Key Senate Races

Newsweek rating: Unverified (Google does not publish its algorithm, so it cannot be proven either way whether the company manipulates it to favor content or political parties it perceives as being favorable to its interests.)

Fact Check: Did Study Prove Google Censors Republicans in Key Senate Races?

Newsbusters Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: House Republicans’ “Commitment to America” plan would “Tax employer sponsored health care plans.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (Fake Screenshot)

Fabricated Screenshot Misrepresents GOP’s ‘Commitment to America’

TRUE Claim by Philip Bump – Washington Post: “Quarter of U.S. covid deaths were probably preventable with vaccination”

Health Feedback rating: Correct (There have been over a million COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic. An analysis of the vaccination rollout found that all adults being vaccinated by June 2021 would have prevented an estimated 234,000 deaths up to March 2022.)

Complete vaccine coverage in the U.S. could have prevented almost a quarter of COVID-19 deaths

Washington Post Rating

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by West Virginia Democratic Party: “Carol Miller is a multi-millionaire worth over $16 million.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (The midpoint estimate for Miller’s net worth, a standard calculation for situations like this, was $16 million in 2018 and was about the same for 2021. But because members of Congress report personal financial data in ranges, there’s no way to know whether her net worth was higher or lower than that figure.)

Is Rep. Carol Miller of West Virginia worth over $16 million?

FALSE (International: India): The video shows a clash between BJP workers and people of Gujarat.

The Quint rating: False

Clip Shows People in Gujarat Clashing With BJP Workers? It’s From West Bengal

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