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The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 01/18/2020

18 Jan 2020, 12:11 pm | Media Bias/Fact Check

The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact checkers. (D. Van Zandt) Claim by Facebook posts: Fox News changed its accreditation to “entertainment.” PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire  Post on Fox News changing to entertainment spun from old satire story Claim by Bloggers: “‘He’s low risk,’ said Obama before freeing ISIS leader al Baghdadi.” PolitiFact rating: False  Spam news site circulates hoax linking Obama to former ISIS leader’s release Claim by Viral image: Lil Boosie and George Zimmerman got into a fight. PolitiFact rating: False  Boosie Badazz says he’s never seen George Zimmerman in person Claim by Donald Trump: Says Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani “was a designated terrorist by President Obama, who didn’t do anything about it.” PolitiFact rating: Mostly True  Obama designated Soleimani a terrorist, but did nothing? Claim by Donald Trump: Retweets a video clip of Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer saying, “Democrats are going to destroy the economy in 15 minutes if they get in control.” FactCheck.org rating: Out of Context  Trump Yanks Steyer Quote Out of Context Claim by Facebook: Florida is “the 45th in state education funding.” PolitiFact rating: True  Yes, Florida [...]

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Daily Source Bias Check: The Anti-Media

18 Jan 2020, 9:00 am | Media Bias/Fact Check

CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE Sources in the Conspiracy-Pseudoscience category may publish unverifiable information that is not always supported by evidence. These sources may be untrustworthy for credible/verifiable information, therefore fact checking and further investigation is recommended on a per article basis when obtaining information from these sources. See all Conspiracy-Pseudoscience sources. Overall, we rate The Anti-Media a Moderate Conspiracy and Pseudoscience website based on the promotion of unproven claims. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and promotion of unproven claims. Detailed Report Factual Reporting: MIXED Country: USA World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180 History Founded in 2014, The Anti-Media (TAM) is a website that reports news and opinions from an anti-war, anti-establishment perspective. The website was founded by Nick Bernabe and according to their about page he is a “longtime entrepreneur and agorist, Nick founded Anti-Media because he saw a need for more independence and diversity in the news media.” The current Editor-in-Chief is Carey Wedler. Funded by / Ownership The Anti-Media is owned by Nick Bernabe and revenue is derived through advertising and donations. Analysis / Bias In review, The Anti-Media publishes news that is broken into three categories: Our News, Their News and My [...]

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The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 01/17/2020

17 Jan 2020, 11:54 am | Media Bias/Fact Check

The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact checkers. (D. Van Zandt) Claim by Bernie Sanders: “We end the $100 billion a year that the health care industry makes.” PolitiFact rating: True Sanders targets health industry’ profits. Are his figures right? Claim by Donald Trump: “I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies,” explaining why the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and how the U.S. mission disrupted “imminent” attacks. FactCheck.org rating: Unsupported Trump Administration’s Shifting Statements on Soleimani’s Death Claim by Donald Trump: Gen. Soleimani “killed hundreds of thousands of people and thousands of Americans.” PolitiFact rating: Real numbers less dramatic Iran’s man in Iraq: Soleimani’s deadly fight against the U.S Claim by Viral image: A photo shows Donald Trump kissing Ivanka Trump on the lips. PolitiFact rating: False Video shows Trump kissed his daughter on the cheek, not lips Claim by Viral Image: Ilhan Omar called for “violence” against President Trump over Middle East dispute. PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire Ilhan Omar didn’t call for violence against Trump over Middle East International Fact Checks Claim by Tarek Fatah: Tarek [...]

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Daily Source Bias Check: Ballotpedia

17 Jan 2020, 9:00 am | Media Bias/Fact Check

LEAST BIASED These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased sources. Overall, we rate Ballotpedia Least Biased and Very High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. Detailed Report Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH Country: USA World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180 History Ballotpedia is a nonpartisan online political encyclopedia. Founded in 2007, it covers American federal, state, and local politics, elections, and public policy.  Ballotpedia’s stated goal is “to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government.” Funded by / Ownership Ballotpedia is a nonprofit owned and published by the Lucy Burns Institute, whose stated purpose is “To empower our audience to engage in democracy by delivering exceptionally high quality information.” Revenue is derived through donations. Analysis / Bias In review, Ballotpedia creates Wiki style pages for politicians and large media outlets. The pages contain information such as a biography/history, career, political career and endorsements/editorial positions. These pages are presented with [...]

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The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 01/16/2020

16 Jan 2020, 12:00 pm | Media Bias/Fact Check

The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact checkers. (D. Van Zandt) Claim by Judicial Watch: “More than 100,000 DACA applicants have been arrested—Murder, Rape, DUI.” PolitiFact rating: Mostly False Fact-checking a Facebook post on arrests of DACA applicants for murder, rape, DUI Claim by Viral image: In New York, “it is now perfectly legal to murder” a baby a minute before it would be born. PolitiFact rating: False This Facebook post about New York’s abortion law is wrong Claim by Bloggers: Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Christianity should be ignored as “superstitious nonsense.” PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire No, Ocasio-Cortez did not call Christianity ‘superstitious nonsense’ Claim by Viral image: A video shows drone footage of the killing of Qassem Soleimani. PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire This is a video game, not footage of a U.S. drone strike Claim by Facebook posts: Says after Australia passed a “new law” that forced gun owners to give up over 640,000 firearms, the country saw a dramatic increase in homicides, assaults and robberies. PolitiFact rating: False Viral post is wrong about Australia’s gun laws, violent crime statistics International [...]

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