The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/02/2023

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: Photos of Barack Obama golfing with bandaged fingers are proof of his involvement in Tafari Campbell’s death.

Politifact rating: False (Massachusetts State Police said a witness saw Campbell fall into the water and struggle to surface. Police said they do not consider his death suspicious, and that the Obamas were not home at the time. Golfers, including former President Barack Obama, often wear bandages or tape on their fingers to protect from blisters or split calluses. Obama has previously been photographed with the tape on his hands while golfing.)

Barack Obama’s taped fingers evidence he’s connected to his chef’s death? That’s a conspiracy theory

FALSE Claim by Lauren Boebert (R) and other Republican lawmakers: Can Illegal Immigrants Now Become Police Officers in Illinois?

Newsweek rating: False (Not illegals. Only non-U.S. citizens who are allowed to work in the U.S. under federal law and to carry a gun legally.)

Fact Check: Can Illegal Immigrants Now Become Police Officers in Illinois?

Claim via Social Media: 19,000 Doctors Indicted for Covid Crimes.

Check Your Fact rating: False (Stems from a satire site.)

FACT CHECK: Did The Military Arrest 19,000 Doctors For COVID Crimes?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Former President Barack Obama “removed 500,000 pedophiles from background check database.”

Politifact rating: False (This claim misrepresented a 2017 Washington Post report about hundreds of thousands of “fugitives from justice” being purged from the background check database for gun purchases. The report did not specify that the people removed were pedophiles.)

Claim misrepresents removal of 500,000 fugitives from background check database

TRUE Claim via Social Media: COVID-19 is increasing in the DMV.

WUSA9 rating: True (Increased 24%)

COVID-19 cases have increased in the DMV in July |

FALSE (International: India): The Congress President of Manipur has written a letter to Rahul Gandhi saying that Congress is responsible for the ongoing crisis in Manipur.

The Quint rating: False

Fact-Check | Manipur Congress President Did Not Write a Letter to Rahul Gandhi

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