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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With Midterms coming up in November, we will publish as many politician facts checks as we can.
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|FALSE||Claim via Social Media: Connecticut ballot initiative on early voting would “remove the requirement of a certified seal from certain ballots.”
PolitiFact rating: False (The amendment would eliminate a constitutional requirement that certain copies of election results sent to the secretary of state be under seal. A state official told us this is a reference to a wax seal used in the 1800s and is not a change that makes election results less official.)
Facebook post makes unfounded claim about security seals on Connecticut ballots
|Claim by Children’s Health Defense and Joseph Mercola: Getting more COVID boosters increases a person’s likelihood of getting COVID.
The Dispatch rating: No Evidence
Fact Check: Do Booster Shots Increase a Person’s Likelihood of Getting COVID?
|FALSE||Claim by Donald Trump (R): “Over 240,000 ‘unverified’ ballots have already been sent out in Pennsylvania, a total mess. The Democrats are playing games again.”
PolitiFact rating: False (Voters applying for a mail or absentee ballot are asked to provide proof of their identities. But ballots are mailed to voters even if they lack ID or it can’t be verified when they apply.)
Trump falsely said Democrats are playing ‘games’ with ‘unverified’ ballots in Pennsylvania
|TRUE||Claim by NBC News: “Covid death rates are higher among Republicans than Democrats, mounting evidence shows”
Health Feedback rating: Accurate (One study and one working paper provide compelling evidence that COVID-19 death rates are higher in Republican counties and among Republican voters compared to Democratic counties and voters, respectively. Both studies also found that the mortality gap grew larger after COVID-19 vaccines became widely available in the spring of 2021.)
Evidence suggests that political partisanship is associated with higher COVID-19 mortality rates among Republicans compared to Democrats
|TRUE||Claim by Ashley Hinson (R): Nancy Pelosi gave “$30,000 … to boost @LizMathis1’s campaign”
Politifact rating: True (Pelosi has made three direct donations to Mathis, totaling $4,000. However, she has donated $30,000 to a fund dedicated to supporting Mathis’ candidacy.)
|FALSE||(International: Nigeria): “47% of people in Osun state live below the poverty line, the worst in the federation.”
Africa Check rating: Incorrect
#OsunDecides2022: Did debating governor hopefuls in Nigerian state get their facts right?
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