The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 5/22/2021

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

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Eric Trump: The Biden White House has “no one there. They don’t travel. They don’t go down to the border. They don’t go overseas.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (President Joe Biden has traveled around the country regularly. Other Biden administration officials have also traveled regularly, including to the border with Mexico and overseas. Biden’s first overseas trip is scheduled for June. For perspective, Trump made his first overseas trip on May 20, 2017)

Eric Trump’s Pants on Fire claim that Joe Biden’s White House doesn’t travel

FALSE Claim via social media: Pfizer trial documents say vaccinated people can transmit vaccine to others through skin contact, with ‘devastating’ results

USA Today rating: False (not transmitted by contact)

Fact check: COVID-19 vaccine isn’t transmitted to others via contact

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Wearing face masks may cause “pulmonary fibrosis” and other health risks in children.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (no evidence)

Demonstrators In Orange County Are Wrong: Kids Are Not At Risk Of Lung Diseases From Wearing Masks

TRUE Claim: In May 2021, voters in five Oregon counties passed ballot measures to advance a plan to secede from the state and become part of Idaho.

Snopes.com rating: True

Did Some Oregon Counties Vote To Secede Into Idaho?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: COVID-19 vaccines contain metals or microchips that cause magnets to attach to the arm of vaccinated people

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Pseudoscience Quackery)

COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain magnetic ingredients; dose volume is too small to contain any device able to hold a magnet through the skin

FALSE (International: New Zealand): New Zealand border workers could be fined $4000 or imprisoned if they are not vaccinated

AFP Fact Check rating: False

YouTuber falsely claims New Zealand’s ‘frontline workers’ could be imprisoned if not vaccinated

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