The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/17/2021

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. When appropriate we explain the rating and/or offer our own rating if we disagree with the fact-checker. (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 by Joe Biden (D): “According to one study, America ranks … 33rd out of the 44 advanced economies when it comes to the percentage of our young people who have attained a post-high-school degree.” rating: False (Nope we rank 11th)

OECD Data Conflict With Biden’s Educational Attainment Claim

Claim via Bitchute Video: Epidemic Of Plane Crashes Linked To COVID-19 Jab.

Lead Stories rating: False (another conspiracy theory brought to you by Bitchute video.)

Fact Check: NO Evidence Of ‘Epidemic Of Plane Crashes Linked To COVID-19 Jab’

Bitchute Rating

Claim by Heartland Institute: Wildfires were worse in the early part of the 1900s than they are today.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Not worse. The best assessments suggest that fires today are about on the scale the country saw in the first few decades of the 20th century.)

No, wildfires weren’t bigger in the 1920s and ’30s than today

Heartland Institute Rating

Claim by Chiropractor Nathan Thompson: Test results show Covid-19 shots damage the immune system.

AFP Fact Check rating: False (Another Chiropractor spreading vaccine disinformation)

US chiropractor misleads on Covid-19 vaccines harming immune system

TRUE Claim by Mark Pocan (D): “The annual Pentagon budget hovers over $750 billion annually, twice that of the much debated Build Back Better Act that costs about $350 billion annually as currently proposed.”

PolitiFact rating: True (For 2022, the Pentagon is slated to receive about $768 billion. Spending covers a 10-year period. So, to get to the $350 billion a year figure, lawmaker divided by 10.)

Yes, Pentagon’s annual budget is twice the spending proposed to pay for Build Back Better Act

FALSE (International: Philippines): The Philippines was the second richest country next to Japan during late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ administration.

Rappler rating: False

FALSE: Philippines was richest country next to Japan during Marcos’ term

Disclaimer: We are providing links to fact checks by third-party fact-checkers. If you do not agree with a fact check, please directly contact the source of that fact check.

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