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)
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|Claim by Ted Cruz (R): Only Democratic cities take “‘days’ to count their votes” while “the rest of the country manages to get it done on election night.”
PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (It will inevitably take longer for high-population cities to count their ballots quickly than small-population rural areas will, meaning that simple math is at least as big a factor as partisan control. Cities operate under ballot-handling parameters set by their states, which in many cases have been set by Republicans who occupy state-level offices.)
|FALSE||Claim by Tom Harris on Fox News: Scientists have found no consistent correlation between CO2 and temperature; scientists do not know whether earth will warm or cool in future
Climate Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Past climate data show a correlation between CO2 concentration and global temperature, and physics shows CO2 is a greenhouse gas that strongly influences the temperature of the Earth’s surface. Research has shown that solar activity variations are not enough to offset human-caused warming.)
|Claim by Technocracy News & Trends: CDC data show more than 18 million people “were injured so badly” by a Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine “that they had to go to the hospital.”
FactCheck.org rating: False (A rigorous vaccine safety monitoring system has shown that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and only rarely have serious side effects.)
|FALSE||Claim by thegatewaypundit.com: Democratic officials in Pennsylvania mail out 255,000 ballots to unverified voters.
Lead Stories rating: False (As required by state law, county election offices mailed applications for mail-in or absentee ballots to any registered voter who requested an application. An application for a mail-in or absentee ballot is not the same as an actual ballot.)
|Claim via Social Media: Today’s high food prices were planned during a 2015 food shortage simulation.
Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Current high food prices and instability are driven by inflation, Russia’s war in Ukraine and other factors, not anything that happened in this simulation.)
|FALSE||(International: Philippines): The Philippines will receive free stealth fighter jets from the US from a $100-million modernization deal.
Rappler rating: False
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