The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 2/15/2021

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 Dan O’Donnell: November election data shows a “stunning anomaly in the rejection rate of absentee ballots.”

PolitiFact rating: False (lower rejection rate than previous years)

No, absentee rejection rate in November was not a “stunning anomaly”

Claim by Gateway Pundit and National File: “CDC illegally inflated the COVID fatality number by at least 1,600 percent”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Rules were not changed. Evidence for undercounting not overcounting)

The CDC didn’t introduce a “major rule change” to inflate COVID-19 deaths; there have been more than 490,000 excess deaths in the U.S. to date

Gateway Pundit Rating, National File Rating

Claim by Jen Psaki (D): President Biden’s goal is to have “teaching at least one day a week in the majority of schools, by day 100.” rating: False (Studies: Already Done)

Biden’s Underwhelming School Reopening Goal

Claim via Social Media: President Biden has enacted a 45% capital gains tax.

Lead Stories rating: False (No bill signed)

Fact Check: President Joe Biden Did NOT Sign a ‘45% Capital Gains Tax’

Claim by Viral Image: the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act allows former President Donald Trump to remain in control of the U.S. military for 60 days after the end of his term

Check Your Fact rating: False (C’mon)

FACT CHECK: Does The Presidential Transition Enhancement Act Allow Trump To Keep Control Of The Military For 60 Days After His Term Ended?

(International: Tajikistan) Claim: These are pictures from Tajikistan where critical damage took place after an earthquake hit the country on the night of February 12.

India Today rating: Mostly false (images from other countries and different earthquake)

Fact Check: No, these earthquake destruction scenes are not from Tajikistan

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2 Comments on "The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 2/15/2021"

  1. Stumbled across this and think it’s useful.

  2. James Palmer | February 16, 2021 at 7:10 am |

    I am interested why vaccines are saying that they are 100% effective against death (and hospitalization) when no-one from any trial (placebo or vaccinated) appears to have died. This would indicate that the placebo is as effective as the vaccine.


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