The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 11/22/2022

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

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FALSE Claim via Social Media: Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs “sent 6,000 wrong ballots to Republicans.”

Politifact rating: False (1,000 voters in Arizona mistakenly received mail-in ballots that included only federal candidates, not state and local candidates. In Arizona, federal-only ballots are for people who have not registered to vote in state elections. The ballots were sent by county election officials, not Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ office. About 20% of those who received the federal-only ballots were Republicans, according to the secretary of state’s office.)

Arizona ballot error did not target Republicans

Claim via Social Media: claims IRS Director Charles Rettig purportedly instructed new agents to ‘get’ taxpayers’ money.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The claim stems from an article published on a satire website. There is no evidence Rettig made such comments.)

FACT CHECK: Did Charles Rettig Instruct New IRS Agents To ‘Get’ Taxpayers’ Money?

Claim via Social Media: Bags arriving at the Maricopa County vote counting site are evidence of “Democrats with the help of the media and GOP establishment stealing another election.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (No, normal procedures.)

No, bags of ballots are not a sign of fraud in Maricopa County, Arizona

FALSE Claim via Viral Image and the New York Post: U.S. President Joe Biden’s use of “cheat sheets” or instructions at public events is an unusual practice.

Snopes rating: False (Normal and used by presidents and politicians.)

Are President Biden’s ‘Cheat Sheets’ Unusual?

New York Post Rating

FALSE Claim by Matthew Horwood: COVID-19 vaccines are linked to an increase in abnormal blood clots observed by embalmers

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (Without a pathological analysis, photos of clots don’t provide sufficient evidence to suggest that those clots are neither abnormal nor linked to vaccination.)

Photos of blood clots removed during embalming don’t show any link with COVID-19 vaccines; blood clotting risk is much higher after COVID-19 than vaccination

FALSE (International: Philippines): Philippine social welfare agency offers typhoon victims 5,000 pesos ‘GCASH’

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Filipinos share false posts from govt agency imposter about financial aid for Nalgae victims

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