The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/16/2023

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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
TRUE
Claim by Ron DeSantis (R): “Donald Trump himself wrote a book where he was talking about the need to increase the age of eligibility for Social Security to 70.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (In a book he co-wrote in 2000, Donald Trump warned that the Social Security trust fund would run out in decades. Trump called for solutions, which included raising the retirement age to 70. In March in a speech, Trump mocked the idea of raising the minimum age of Social Security.)

Trump suggested raising Social Security retirement age in 2000, but hasn’t backed it since

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Media Research Center (MRC): “We have been cooling down for the past 4000 years”; the Earth has cooled since the ‘medieval warming’, “It’s all about when you start the measurements”

Climate Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Earth’s surface has not been cooling in recent times – both global average and Greenland temperatures have rapidly increased since the beginning of the industrial era. The most recent temperature datapoint that the claim references corresponds to 1855, which is misleading since warming caused by humans occurred mostly after this time.)

Temperatures on Earth are increasing and the rise is drastically outpacing previous natural changes in the planet’s climate

MRC Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral image: Video shows Fox News host Sean Hannity saying an impostor is pretending to be President Joe Biden.

PolitiFact rating: False (He did not say this.)

This Instagram post twists Sean Hannity’s words. He didn’t say Biden had been replaced.

FALSE Claim by American Web Media: New York Gov. Hochul approved a memo denying medical care to white people

USA Today rating: False (The state health department said no one is being denied treatment on the basis of race, and the memo in question is several years old and didn’t come from Hochul.)

False claim NY governor denied white people COVID-19 aid | Fact check

American Web Media Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Fact Check: Did CNN decide no longer to allow audiences for Town Halls after Trump’s visit?

Newsweek rating: False (The network said it had not announced the removal of audiences from future town halls.)

Fact Check: Did CNN Say It Banned Town Hall Audiences After Trump Visit?

FALSE (International: Australia): Every piece of legislation going through federal parliament would have to be approved by the voice to parliament.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The voice would only be able to make representations on issues relating to Indigenous Australians.)

Voice approval claim is absurd gibberish

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