The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/31/2023

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 by Mike Pence (R): “I actually pushed the Deficit Reduction Act. That was the last time we actually reduced the national debt in the United States, when I was the leader of House conservatives.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Pence was a U.S. representative from Indiana in 2005 when he voted for the Deficit Reduction Act, which then-President George W. Bush signed. The U.S. last reduced its debt on a sustained basis from 1996 to 2001. This was largely before Pence entered Congress, and half a decade to a decade before the law he referred to passed.)

Mike Pence off base about his policies aiding last U.S. debt decrease

Mike Pence Rating

Claim The People’s Voice: Claims Dr. Anthony Fauci purportedly said ‘all unvaccinated citizens must be locked down this winter’

Check Your Fact rating: False (He did not say that. Another made up story from the People’s Voice.)

FACT CHECK: Did Dr. Fauci Declare That ‘All Unvaccinated Citizens Must Be Locked Down This Winter?’

People’s Voice Rating

Claim via Social Media: The IRS is sending emails to taxpayers about stimulus checks.

10TV rating: False (Scam – The IRS does not initiate contact through email.)

IRS fake stimulus check tax refund email scam

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Biden won 477 counties. Trump won 2,497 counties… Something isn’t adding up.” rating: False (It does add up: Democrats tend to win in densely populated counties, while Republicans win more sparse, rural counties. In 2020, the counties won by President Joe Biden had 67 million more residents than counties won by former President Donald Trump.)

Number of Counties Won in Presidential Election Doesn’t Determine Outcome

TRUE Claim via Social Media: A pastor was among the 18 co-defendants arrested in Fulton County, Georgia, in a case centered on former U.S. President Donald Trump allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in that state. rating: True

Was Pastor Among 18 Trump Co-Defendants Arrested in Georgia Election Case?

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by the Daily Mail: “Mask study published by NIH suggests N95 Covid masks may expose wearers to dangerous level of toxic compounds linked to seizures and cancer”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Scientific evidence shows wearing a face mask reduces the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a face mask also doesn’t significantly impede the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, as gas molecules are many times smaller than the pores of even an N95 mask.)

Daily Mail article provides misleading interpretation on South Korean mask study to imply mask-wearing is dangerous

Daily Mail Rating

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