The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/08/2023

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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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MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Ron Johnson (R): Says Social Security is a “legal Ponzi scheme.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Social Security is a publicly run program, which is required to pay benefits, and the government, in turn, is obligated to return money borrowed from the fund with interest. Social Security is “morally the polar opposite” of a Ponzi scheme and “fundamentally different,” an expert says.)

Sen. Ron Johnson again says Social Security is a Ponzi scheme

FALSE Claim by Donald Trump (R): Trump Says No President ‘Got Even 10 Cents’ From China

Newsweek rating: False (On the understanding that he is referring to U.S. tariffs, his immediate predecessor, Barack Obama, also introduced punitive tariffs on solar panels and tires. Even if tariffs aren’t the basis of his argument, Obama’s impositions on Beijing are proof that Trump is not the only president to have brought in Treasury cash from China.)

Fact Check: Trump Says No President ‘Got Even 10 Cents’ From China

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems were owned by the same company, BlackRock.

FactCheck.org rating: False (BlackRock does not own any shares of Dominion Voting Systems)

Fox News and Dominion Voting Not Owned By Same Company, Contrary to Online Posts

TRUE Claim via Social Media: The IRS is hiring armed special agents prepared to use deadly force.

Snopes.com rating: True (The IRS states: The agents must be prepared to protect themselves or others “from physical attacks at any time and without warning and use firearms in life-threatening situations” and shouldn’t be afraid to “use force up to and including the use of deadly force.”)

Is the IRS Hiring ‘Armed Special Agents Prepared To Use Deadly Force’?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Walmart stores are being converted to FEMA camps to imprison Americans.

Politifact rating: False (Conspiracy theories)

No, Walmart stores aren’t becoming FEMA camps

FALSE (International: India): Claim by Hindustan Times: Video shows goats being thrown out of a truck along the Kanpur Unnao highway in Uttar Pradesh.

The Quint rating: False

Viral Video of Goats Being Thrown From Truck Is From Maharashtra, Not UP’s Unnao

The Hindustan Times Rating

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