The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/06/2023

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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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FALSE Claim by Ted Cruz (R): (President Joe) Biden is trying to limit you to two beers per week.”

Politifact rating: False (President Joe Biden has not said he plans to impose a two-beer-a-week limit on Americans. The director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism said the U.S. may follow Canada and recommend adults consume only two drinks per week. It is a recommendation, not a mandate.)

Is Joe Biden trying to limit how much beer you can drink? No. Ted Cruz is wrong.

Claim by Viral Video: A video shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, claims to show trash at Burning Man.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The video was likely taken in Haiti in 2018, not Burning Man.)

FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show A River Trash At Burning Man

Claim via Social Media: The Obamas estate was spared from the Maui fires in Hawaii. Out of all of the destruction in Hawaii not a single blade of grass was burned at the Obama estate.

Lead Stories rating: False (Interesting conspiracy, but the Obamas’ home is on Oahu.)

Fact Check: Obamas Do NOT Have Maui Estate That Would Have Been Affected By August 2023 Wildfires

FALSE Claim by Roy Cooper (D): GOP-authored elections bill “requires valid votes to be tossed out … if a computer rejects a signature.”

Politifact rating: False (The bill would implement a pilot program to test a new signature verification system in 10 counties during the 2024 primary. But it specifically says ballots won’t be thrown out if flagged during the pilot program.)

Cooper overstates effect of North Carolina elections bill

Roy Cooper Rating

FALSE Claim by Chris Christie (R): In 1980, Jimmy Carter “was defeated by a conservative governor (Ronald Reagan) from a blue state who knew how to get results.”

PolitiFact rating: False (California wasn’t blue then)

Fact-check: What Republican candidates got right, wrong in first debate on Fox News

Chris Christie Rating

FALSE (International: Australia): The Australian Electoral Commission has changed the rules on what constitutes a valid vote for the voice referendum.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The referendum will follow longstanding rules in recognizing ticks but not crosses as a valid, or formal, vote.)

Referendum rules on ticks and crosses are nothing new

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