The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 11/03/2022

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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MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Amy Klobuchar (D): “One in six local election officials have received threats of violence” and threats against judges have doubled over four years and threats against members of Congress have increased by 10 times over five years.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (A survey done early in 2022 on behalf of the Brennan Center found that 1 in 6 local election officials experienced threats. U.S. Marshals Service showed that the number of threats against the judiciary or other federal court officials that resulted in investigations rose from 363 in 2017 to 1,343 in 2021. Threats against members of Congress rose from 902 in 2016 to 9,625 in 2021.)

Election officials, lawmakers in Congress have faced increase in threats

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media and Tucker Carlson: Jamie Raskin called to destroy “Christian” Russia by jihad.

Newsweek rating: False (Jamie Raskin did not say that the U.S. should try to destroy Russia nor that America should engage in jihad against the country’s “Christian…traditional values.”)

Fact Check: Did Jamie Raskin call to destroy “Christian” Russia by jihad?

Tucker Carlson Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Viral Image: A photo shows David DePape filming the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Politifact rating: False (This photo was taken in 2013, when David DePape was filming a nude wedding.)

Photo shows DePape filming a nude wedding, not the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Republicans are listed first for state (Florida) and federal races on my ballot.

First Coast News rating: True

Yes, Florida ballots will list Republicans first in most races

FALSE Claim by Rick Scott (R): “All Democrats in the Senate and House voted to cut $280 billion out of Medicare just two months ago.”

PolitiFact rating: False (The reduction wouldn’t represent cuts to Medicare beneficiaries. Rather, by leveraging Medicare’s market power, the government would be able to pay less for certain prescription drugs, thus preserving the same level of benefits for less money.)

Rick Scott repeats false claim that Democrats cut $280 billion from Medicare

FALSE (International: New Zealand): NZ funeral director 95% statistic proves covid-19 vaccine is causing mass death.

Lead Stories rating: Unsubstantiated

Fact Check: NZ Funeral Director’s ’95 Percent’ Statistic Does NOT Prove COVID-19 Vaccine Is Causing Mass Death

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