The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 11/04/2022

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 Kari Lake (R): Said Katie Hobbs “fought to” “prevent students from learning (about) the Pledge of Allegiance, Constitution, Mayflower Compact and Declaration of Independence.”

Politifact rating: False (As a state senator, Hobbs  voted against a bill that allowed teachers to post the state motto Ditat Deus (God enriches) and “In God we trust” in their classrooms. The bill amended an existing law that listed the Constitution and other core American documents; her vote did not affect the original bill that allowed those texts in classrooms.)

No, Katie Hobbs did not vote to pull the Pledge of Allegiance or the U.S. Constitution from school

Claim via Social media: Results of AZ Gov. race aired ahead of election show attempt to steal it.

USA Today rating: False (FOX 10 Phoenix accidentally aired data that was randomly generated by the AP as part of a routine pre-election test. The data does not represent the actual polling numbers of candidates in Arizona’s gubernatorial race and is not connected to election fraud.)

Fact check: Pre-election testing glitch not evidence of election fraud

Claim by Joe Biden (D): “On my watch, for the first time in 10 years, seniors are getting an increase in their Social Security checks.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (Social Security recipients have received increases in their checks in the form of inflation adjustments for nine of the past 10 years. The adjustments are based on a key inflation measure, as mandated by a 1972 law.)

Joe Biden’s boast about Social Security inflation adjustment is Pants on Fire

TRUE Claim via Social media: Did Project Veritas receive $558,000 in coronavirus relief loans?

Repustar rating: Yes (Project Veritas received a $558,000 loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.) 

Fact Brief: Did a controversial right-wing activist group receive $558,000 in coronavirus relief loans?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: The Pelosis “are refusing to turn over surveillance video of their home.”

Politifact rating: False (A spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this isn’t true. Capitol Police monitor the security camera feed from Pelosi’s home.)

No, the Pelosis aren’t withholding surveillance video from police

FALSE (International: Australia): Claim by Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton: Ukraine and Russia were already at war when Labor made its election promise to reduce electricity bills by $275.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Labor announced the policy on December 3, 2021, almost three months before Russia invaded.)

Dutton muddles Labor’s energy promise timeline

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