The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 9/09/2021

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

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Ralph Northam (D): The Virginia Employment Commission is sixth in the nation for getting benefits to eligible people quickly…”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (yes, ranked 6th, but Virginia ranked last in resolving cases where there was doubt whether an applicant was eligible for unemployment benefits.)

Virginia is 6th in getting unemployment checks out fast, but last in resolving benefit disputes

FALSE Claim by Climate Change Dispatch and Watt Up with That: “Great Barrier Reef Sea Surface Temperature: No Change In 150 Years”

Climate Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Cherry Picked: One cannot establish trends in variable systems with single measurements from one month 150 years ago.)

Sea temperatures around the Great Barrier Reef have increased over the last 150 years, contrary to claim at Wattsupwiththat

FALSE Claim by Chuck Schumer (D): “All” Americans in Afghanistan who “have wanted to come out have come out.”

PolitiFact rating: False (The State Department acknowledged that there are still “somewhere around 100” American citizens who want to leave Afghanistan and Schumer said he misspoke.)

Chuck Schumer’s incorrect statement about Americans stranded in Afghanistan

FALSE Claim via Social Media: One time in the 80’s-90’s, people died from AZT and not the actual AIDS virus; Anthony Fauci pushed this treatment

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported

Claims that people were being killed by zidovudine (AZT) instead of AIDS are unsubstantiated

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: “Bill Gates calls for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines; ‘The vaccines are far more dangerous than anyone imagined.’”

Politifact Rating: Pants on Fire (Originated as satire)

No, Bill Gates didn’t call for the ‘withdrawal of all COVID-19 vaccines’

FALSE (International: Australia): COVID-19 vaccines have caused more than 400 deaths in Australia.

Australian Associated Press rating: False

Australian vaccine death claims are a data dupe

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