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

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. 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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