The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 11/17/2022

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

There is currently a shortage of fact checks against the Left due to a surge in post-midterm misinformation by the Right. We will make every effort to find and publish Left fact checks as they become available.

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FALSE Claim via the Gateway Pundit: U.S. tax dollars sent to help Ukraine were laundered back by cryptocurrency firm FTX to help Democrats in midterms.

Politifact rating: False (FTX partnered with a fundraising site called Aid for Ukraine, where people can donate cryptocurrency to help the country’s war effort. FTX’s role in the project was to facilitate the conversion of cryptocurrency into regular currency. There’s no evidence that U.S. aid money sent to Ukraine was then used to invest in FTX. Most U.S. aid doesn’t go directly to the Ukrainian government, but rather through third parties like contractors or humanitarian groups.)

FTX helped with a cryptocurrency fundraising site, but there’s no connection to U.S. aid to Ukraine

Gateway Pundit Rating

Claim via Social Media: “if a human is injected with a GMO it becomes a patented piece of property from the government,” “they take away all your rights with mRNAs”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (U.S. law prohibits the patenting of human beings. Furthermore, mRNA vaccines don’t modify the human genome.)

mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 don’t modify humans, and don’t make them patentable or owned by any entities

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Allegheny County has more Democratic Mail-In Ballot Applications than Philadelphia County

Lead Stories rating: False (Not Unusual)

Fact Check: It’s NOT Suspicious – Just Factual — That Allegheny County Requested More Dem Mail-In Ballots Than Philadelphia Despite Having Fewer Dems

FALSE Claim by Donald Trump (D): Former President Jimmy Carter said “don’t ever use” mail in ballots because “they can be so easily corrupted.”

Politifact rating: False (Critics of voting by mail have frequently plucked out one sentence from a 2005 bipartisan report written by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker III that stated, “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.” In 2020 and 2021, Carter defended the use of voting by mail. He and his wife voted by mail for the current midterm elections, a spokesperson said.” He never said “Don’t ever use” them.)

Trump wrongly says Jimmy Carter said ‘don’t ever use’ mail ballots

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Does the oil and gas industry contribute much more to the GOP than to Democrats?

Gigafact rating: Yes (The industry has donated $87 million so far this year, 85% to Republicans.)

Fact Brief: Does the oil and gas industry contribute much more to the GOP than to Democrats?

FALSE (International: India): Video shows a woman being murdered by a Hat Man killer in Andheri, Mumbai.

Boom Live rating: False

‘Maarrich’ Film Promo Video Peddled With Fake Serial Killer Claim In Mumbai | BOOM

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