The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 3/26/2021

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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 Gov. Doug Ducey (R): President Joe Biden reversed the Trump administration’s immigration policies, resulting in a “460% spike in illegal apprehensions, over 100,000 people in custody.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (Cherry Picks Data: Actual number is 36% Increase)

Arizona Governor Cherry-Picks Illegal Immigration Data to Exaggerate Rise Under Biden

Claim by Chiropractor Melissa Sell: “You don’t catch viruses, you naturally create them inside of your body”; “bacteria and viruses don’t cause disease.”

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect (Please note she is a Chiropractor)

Both viruses and bacteria cause disease; pathogenic viruses aren’t naturally created in the body as a response to damage

Claim by Adam Best: 11 past mass shootings involved an AR-15-style weapon.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (10 of last 11)

AR-15 style weapons were used in 10 major shootings

Claim via Social Media: Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a man suspected of shooting and killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket in March 2021, came to the U.S. as a Syrian refugee through asylum programs under former President Barack Obama.

Snopes.com rating: Mostly False (Family immigrated to the USA in 2002 when he was 2. Many years before Obama.)

Was Suspected Boulder Shooter a Syrian Refugee Who Came to US via Obama-Era Asylum Program?

Claim by Donald Trump (R): “We proudly handed the Biden administration the most secure border in history. All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (ignores that the surge started in the spring of 2020 when he was still in office.) 

What Donald Trump omits in his attack on Joe Biden about border security

(International: Indonesia) Claim: Indonesian prosecutor of Muslim cleric trial arrested for bribery

AFP Fact Check rating: False

This video shows an Indonesian prosecutor arrested for corruption in 2016 and is unrelated to the Muslim cleric’s ongoing trial

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Richard Babylon

Regarding the claim by chiropractor Melissa Sell: “You don’t catch viruses, you naturally create them inside of your body”; “bacteria and viruses don’t cause disease.” …

{FACE-PALM}

What bothers me most about her ridiculous assertion (aside from the fact that she’s that ignorant OR is intentionally lying to people) is that others undoubtedly will believe it. Such is the shameful lack of basic science knowledge and the breathtaking credulity for the claims/beliefs of non-experts, her specialty having nothing to do with microbes, pathology, epidemiology or anything related to bacteria and viruses. It’s truly scary, frustrating and depressing.

Richard Babylon

Trump’s claim, “We proudly handed the Biden administration the most secure border in history…” doesn’t surprise me in the least. Lies are, to that reality-disconnected narcissist, as slithering is to a snake, or odor is to a skunk. His use of the phrase “proudly handed” is especially revolting, given that he wasn’t even man enough to appear before President Biden at any point during the transition of power.

No doubt millions of his cult followers actually believe he kept this absurd promise, too:
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”