The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/19/2023

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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TRUE Claim via Social Media: Republicans lifted the debt ceiling without spending cuts under Trump.

KTVB rating: True (Yes, all three times)

GOP raised debt limit without cutting spending

Claim by Viral image: Photo shows former first lady Michelle Obama as a man.

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (Fake and despicable)

Another altered photo of Michelle Obama shared as part of unfounded conspiracy theory

FALSE Claim by PBS NewsHour: PBS NewsHour reported that 100,000 Ukrainian troops have died during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Check Your Fact rating: False (No evidence. Most estimates are around 15K.)

FACT CHECK: Article Claims 100,000 Ukrainian Troops Have Died During The Russian-Ukrainian War

PBS Newshour Rating

Claim by Naturopath Joel Wallach: Alzheimer’s disease is a “physician-caused disease” that arises due to nutritional deficiencies.

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect (Alzheimer’s disease is not a physician-caused disease. To date, the exact cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown, but it is thought to arise from a combination of age-related, genetic, and environmental factors.)

Some studies suggest nutritional deficiencies may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but they aren’t the sole cause as social media post claims

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Oregon Republicans are arguing that 10-year-old girls should be allowed to be forced to give birth to their rapist’s baby if the rapist is their father.” rating: False (None of the Republicans had suggested that a 10-year-old should be forced to give birth. Rather, they argued that parents should be involved in medical decision-making for minors.)

Post Mischaracterizes GOP Opposition to Oregon Bill on Reproductive Health Care for Minors

FALSE (International: Australia): Claim by Malcolm Roberts: There are jail cells underneath the federal parliament.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (There are no cells at Parliament House. The claim is an urban myth.)

Are there really jail cells under Parliament House?

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