The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 3/5/2021

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 Rachel Maddow: “While he was president, President Trump never encouraged Americans to get vaccinated.”

Politifact rating: False (Trump encouraged it)

What Trump said to encourage COVID-19 vaccine use

Claim by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Children’s Health Defense): “The CDC is not an independent agency. It is a vaccine company […] The CDC owns over 20 vaccine patents. It sells about $4.6 billion of vaccines every year”.

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (The CDC doesn’t sell vaccines. Instead, the CDC buys vaccines at a discount and makes them available to children free-of-charge. The CDC is a U.S. federal agency, not a vaccine company as claimed.)

The CDC licences vaccine technology, but isn’t a vaccine company; the CDC doesn’t sell vaccines, it buys and distributes vaccines free of charge

Children’s Health Defense Rating

Claim by Joe Biden (D): “The fastest-growing population in the United States is Hispanic.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (2nd fastest. Asians #1)

Joe Biden wrong about fastest-growing population group in US

Claim by Lite Site News: Nuns contracted Covid-19 from Moderna vaccine

AFP Fact Check rating: False (no evidence)

Kentucky monastery Covid-19 cases not evidence of vaccine problems

Life Site News Rating

Claim by Jen Psaki (D): “Historically, and even in recent history, Democratic and Republican administrations, there have not been sanctions put in place for the leaders of foreign governments where we have diplomatic relations and even where we don’t have diplomatic relations.”

The Washington Post rating: False (frequently levy sanctions on leaders)

Analysis | Psaki’s clean-up of her misfired claim about sanctioning a nation’s leader

(International: Australia) Claim: Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 17 percent since 2005 to their lowest levels since 1998.

Australian Associated Press rating: True

Is Scott Morrison right that Australia is ‘getting on’ with cutting emissions?

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