The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/11/2022

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 by Tucker Carlson: Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs “worked with Big Tech to censor … voters” of her opponent, Republican Kari Lake.

FactCheck.org rating: False (The email asking for a review of the tweets was sent nearly five months before either Hobbs or her Republican opponent, Kari Lake, even declared their candidacies for governor. The subject of the tweets, a company that helped facilitate the state’s new voter registration database, was hired by Hobbs’ Republican predecessor, and the database has nothing to do with the state’s voter tabulation system.)

FactChecking GOP’s Censorship Claim in Arizona Over Deleted Tweets

Tucker Carlson Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social media: The cost of groceries has increased by 400%.

USA Today rating: False (The consumer price index that measures grocery inflation was 12.4% higher in October than a year earlier, and the 13.5% increase in grocery prices during the 12-month period ending in August was the biggest 12-month period increase since 1979.)

Fact check: Grocery costs on the rise, but post overstates increases

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral image: Video shows former President Donald Trump saying he “just can’t be upset” with Kanye West.

PolitiFact rating: False (Fake. Altered video.)

Altered video appears to show Trump discussing Kanye West

TRUE Claim by Washington Post: Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan was incarcerated in 2018 in Russia during the U.S. presidency of Donald Trump.

Snopes rating: True

Was Paul Whelan Detained in Russia During the Trump Administration?

Washington Post Rating

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Respect for Marriage Act revokes churches’ tax-exempt status.

VERIFYThis.com rating: False (the RFMA doesn’t revoke churches’ tax-exempt status.)

Respect for Marriage Act doesn’t revoke tax-exempt status for churches against same-sex marriage

FALSE (International: New Zealand): New Zealand has passed an anti free speech language compliance law.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The Plain Language Bill requires government to use language that is easy to understand. It does not impose any limits on free speech.)

NZ anti-free speech claim muzzles the truth

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