The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 1/21/2021

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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 = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience/Other

Claim by Rebecca Kleefisch (R): “Wisconsin is second to last in the Midwest in our vaccination rate and the governor says he’s ‘satisfied.’”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Yes, Wisconsin vaccine rollout among worst in Midwest

Claim via Social Media: A Georgia County ordered enough voter registration packets AFTER the general election to allow EVERYONE in the state to register 2.6 times

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Georgia County Meant To Order 250,000 Individual Voter Applications, NOT 25 Million

Claim by L. Lin Wood: “China was behind the interference and the effort to overthrow our government and the election, election fraud.”

PolitiFact rating: False

China did not orchestrate voter fraud in the 2020 election

Claim by RT News: “13 Israelis suffer FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid jab”

Health Feedback rating: Misleading

People who received the COVID-19 vaccine aren’t more likely to develop facial paralysis than people who didn’t receive the vaccine

RT News Rating

Claim by Dan Bongino: Joe Biden plans to discriminate against white men with COVID-19 economic relief

USA Today rating: Missing Context

Fact check: Biden didn’t say he would discriminate with COVID relief

Dan Bongino Rating

(International: Australia) Claim: The Australian government spent around $700 million on the University of Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate despite it not meeting “peer review” and other selection criteria.

Australian Associated Press rating: False 

University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine claims fail truth test

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Filiecs

Saying that the claim by Dan Bongino is ‘mostly false’ for missing context is misleading. A better rating would be ‘mixed’ because, although he didn’t outline how he would discriminate (as in ‘be selective’), the implication was certainly there.
This is his quote:
“Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian and Native American-owned small businesses, women-owned businesses”
Even in context Biden did not say that the economic stimulus would be prioritized to small business who were the most impacted by Covid 19, which just so happen to be minority owned and women owned business. He said that those business would be prioritized by listing those traits, which does in fact imply that those business owners without those traits would be de-prioritized no matter how impacted by Covid they were.

Whether or not this is what he meant, we will have to see when the rules are drafted. However ‘mostly false’ and ‘missing context’ are two completely separate things.