The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 2/18/2021

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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 via Social Media: Helicopters are using chemicals made from fossil fuels to defrost wind turbines; frosted wind turbines are responsible for blackouts in Texas; “the reason your power is/was out is wind energy’s fault.”

Climate Feedback rating: Inaccurate (de-icing occurred in Sweden, not Texas)

Viral photo of a helicopter de-icing a wind turbine is from Sweden, not Texas; current power outages in Texas are due to multiple fuel types going offline

Claim by Lindsey Graham (R): “Kamala Harris … actually bailed out rioters and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody’s head open.” rating: Distorts the Facts

Graham Twists Facts on Harris Support for Protesters

Claim by Blacklisted News: Long-term mask-wearing may cause advanced-stage lung cancer, one study shows

USA Today rating: False (masks not even part of the study)

Fact check: Long-term face mask use will not cause lung cancer

Blacklisted News Rating

Claim by Mark Pocan (D): Ron Johnson didn’t “show up” for a day of impeachment hearings.

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (He was there)

Yes, Ron Johnson attended the impeachment hearings

Claim by Viral Image: Nabisco is closing plants in Georgia and New Jersey and moving to Mexico as a result of President Joe Biden being elected

Check Your Fact rating: False (closing two plants, not moving to Mexico)

FACT CHECK: Is Nabisco Moving Two Bakeries To Mexico As A Result Of Joe Biden’s Presidency?

(International: South Africa) Claim: Eskom is the “largest greenhouse gas emitter” in South Africa.

Africa Check rating: Correct

Chickens and the economy: fact-checking Ramaphosa’s #SONA2021

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