The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 5/6/2021

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

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Parents in Vail, Arizona just took over the school board — all according to the rules. Voted in a whole new board, and immediately removed the mask mandate.”

Politifact rating: False (The school board in Vail, Ariz., was not ousted.)

No, parents didn’t oust a school board in Vail, Arizona
FALSE Claim by the Wall Street Journal article: “‘Unsettled’ Review: The ‘Consensus’ On Climate”

Climate Feedback rating: Very Low Scientific Credibility

Wall Street Journal article repeats multiple incorrect and misleading claims made in Steven Koonin’s new book ’Unsettled’

Wall Street Journal Rating

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Ron DeSantis (R): “If you look at some of these places that (reduced police funding), they’ve already seen crime go up.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Crime went up in the selected time periods, but there’s no proof that it happened as a direct result of budget cuts.)

Ron DeSantis’ misleading claim about crime, police funding

FALSE Claim via Social Media: COVID-19 vaccines cause menstrual problems in women; vaccinated people are causing health problems in unvaccinated people around them

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (Insufficient evidence)

Insufficient evidence to claim COVID-19 vaccines cause menstrual irregularities in vaccinated women; vaccinated people aren’t making unvaccinated people ill

TRUE Claim via Social Media: A video of former president Donald Trump shows him complaining about 2020 election results from Mar-a-Lago in April 2021.

Snopes.com rating: True

Is This an April 2021 Video of Trump Complaining About 2020 Election Results?

FALSE (International: New Zealand) New Zealand’s government requests censorship of social media comments on Radio New Zealand’s pages

AFP Fact Check rating: False

New Zealand did not tell broadcaster to ‘censor’ anti-government comments on its social media

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