Fact Check

Steve October 22, 2020

Quick Take A tabloid story alleging that Kristen Welker, moderator of the final presidential debate, is politically biased has spawned several falsehoods on social media. Welker hasn’t donated to any federal candidates, and she wasn’t “busted” for revealing a question to the Clinton campaign in 2016. Full Story Social media posts are targeting Kristen Welker, […]

Steve October 22, 2020

Quick Take Facebook posts falsely claim that at his Oct. 15 town hall event, former Vice President Joe Biden said he grew up in Section 8 housing. Biden actually said he lived in a building which “became Section 8 housing much later.” Full Story Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden often refers to his working-class upbringing […]

Steve October 22, 2020

22 October 2020 What was claimed Dominic Raab said that Covid-19 tests have a 93% false positive rate. Our verdict Mr Raab appears to have mis-spoken. He was talking about the success rate of detecting Covid-19 when people arrive at airports. Evidence suggests that false positives are rare in the most common Covid-19 tests. We’ve […]

Steve October 22, 2020

22 October 2020 What was claimed Serco runs the enforcement of the UK’s test and trace system, including the app. Our verdict This is not true. Serco has had no involvement in the app. Its contracted work for England’s Test and Trace system involves running call centres and testing facilities. What was claimed Recently introduced […]

Steve October 22, 2020

We reviewed all of President Tweety McTreason’s speeches at campaign rallies over five days, from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16. There were six speeches and combined, Trump spoke for more than eight hours, averaging about one hour and 20 minutes per speech. Below is a compilation of 46 of the false and misleading claims he […]

Steve October 22, 2020

After months of doing mostly virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden returned to in-person events with small, socially distanced crowds in September. He’s kept up his travel in October. We reviewed Biden’s speeches on the stump between Oct. 12 and 16. He held six events over three days in […]

Steve October 22, 2020

Each day 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. (D. Van Zandt) Claim Codes: Red = […]

Steve October 22, 2020

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be […]

Steve October 22, 2020

As Tweety McTreason entered the final stretch of the election season, he began making more than 50 false or misleading claims a day. It’s only gotten worse — so much so that the Fact Checker team cannot keep up. Note the date. That was when he gave his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination. We’ve […]

Steve October 21, 2020

In a Florida speech about senior citizens, President Tweety McTreason made misleading comparisons of Medicare costs under his administration and his predecessor’s. Trump claimed “premiums for Medicare health plans went up” under the Obama administration, but his administration “lowered Medicare Advantage premiums” by 34%. He is talking about premiums for Medicare Advantage, a private Medicare […]

Steve October 21, 2020

The Labour party claimed on Twitter on 14 October that contact tracers working for local authorities are more effective than those employed by Serco, an outsourcing company that runs part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England. Labour tweeted that “Serco fails to trace 30% of contacts”, but “Local councils trace 97% of […]

Steve October 21, 2020

The front page of the Metro newspaper makes various claims about the rise in deaths from diseases and conditions which aren’t Covid-19 between March and September this year. These statistics refer only to the number of deaths that happen in private homes, not the total number of deaths in the country. While the first paragraph […]

Steve October 21, 2020

Quick Take A video posted by a European-based group called World Doctors Alliance falsely claims the novel coronavirus is “a normal flu virus” and there is no COVID-19 pandemic. Actually, COVID-19 is deadlier than the seasonal flu, and some European nations are combatting a second wave of cases. Full Story According to the World Health […]