The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/07/2023 (Weekend Edition)

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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

Claim by Joe Manchin (D): “Just in the last four years, $80 billion in federal funding has come to West Virginia — $22 billion more than we’ve ever received.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., actually understated the flow of federal money. West Virginia has received $92.4 billion in federal funds from 2020-2023. That’s about $30 billion higher than during the previous four-year period, and even higher compared with other four-year periods going back to 2008.)

Has West Virginia received a record amount of federal funding over the last four years?

Claim via Social media: CNN, MSNBC and ‘Big 3’ TV networks didn’t cover Biden impeachment inquiry.

USA Today rating: False (All of the mentioned outlets covered the impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden on Sept. 28. Collectively, the outlets had livestreams, television broadcasts and an array of online articles about the proceedings.)

Biden impeachment inquiry covered by major TV networks | Fact check

FALSE Claim by Donald Trump (R): “Under ‘Crooked Joe’ Biden, there has been a catastrophic increase in shortages of essential medicines.”

Politifact rating: False (Drug shortages are a complex problem, experts say, and no one person or administration should be blamed. By some measures, shortages increased more under Trump than they have under Biden.)

Trump misplaced blame when he said drug shortages were Biden’s fault

Donald Trump Rating

FALSE (International: Australia): Russia and Australia are the only two countries still considered sovereign.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Around 200 countries meet the criteria to be sovereign states.)

No, Australia and Russia are not the only sovereign states

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