The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 07/19/2023

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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Claim via Social Media: “Miss USA boycotts Miss Universe pageant: ‘I’m not competing against a man.’”

PolitiFact rating: False (This claim originated on a self-described satire site.)

Claims Miss USA boycotting Miss Universe over transgender contestant originated on a fake news site

Claim by Are images used by the Daily Mail that appear to have been leaked from the “Snow White” set inauthentic?

Lead Stories rating: Mostly False (Real. The Daily Beast article that declared Disney described photos as “fake” was updated to include new comments from the entertainment company reversing its earlier statement and clarifying that the photos with the Daily Mail’s report were only “unofficial.”

Fact Check: ‘Snow White’ Set Photos Were NOT Fake — Though They Did NOT Portray Lead Actors

Daily Beast Rating

FALSE Claim by David Wolfe: “Stop getting mammograms immediately as they are outdated and dangerous!” Thermography “is a safer way to test for breast cancer!”

PolitiFact rating: False (Experts and organizations including The American Cancer Society, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend mammograms to screen for breast cancer.)

Experts, medical groups still recommend mammograms as a screening test for breast cancer

David Wolfe Rating

Claim via Social Media: Masonic Lodges are injecting children with “‘free child identification chips’ to ‘help combat abduction,'” while also collecting their DNA.

Lead Stories rating: False (No chips or DNA collected.)

Fact Check: Masons’ Child ID Programs NOT Injecting Children With ‘CHIP’ Or Collecting DNA — ID Info Is Kept By Parents, Guardians

TRUE Claim by Doug Burgum (R): Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said during a July 9 interview that there were 110,000 overdose deaths in 2022.

Check Your Fact rating: True (There were an estimated 109,680 overdose deaths in 2022, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)

FACT CHECK: Were There 110,000 Overdose Deaths In 2022?

Doug Burgum Rating

FALSE (International: Philippines): The Department of Energy has approved the energy-saving devices “Smart Power Energy Saver” , “Electricity saving box” , “ElecTrick” and news organizations have acknowledged the devices’ effectiveness

VERA Files rating: Fake

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: News reports SPLICED in FAKE ads promoting ‘energy-saving devices’

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