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
Fact Checker bias rating Codes: Red = Right-Leaning, Green = Least Biased, Blue = Left-Leaning, Black = Unrated by MBFC
|FALSE||Claim by Kevin McCarthy (R): The House-passed Build Back Better bill is a “government takeover of child care.”
Politifact rating: False (The federal government is not nationalizing the child care industry, will not own the facilities and will not hire the staff. The program is not a takeover as states can choose not to participate.)
Why the GOP talking point about ‘government takeover’ of child care is wrong
|Claim by Viral Image: the image shows President Joe Biden and deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein smiling for a picture together.
Check Your Fact rating: False (A poorly photoshopped image. Check out the mismatching picture frames.)
FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Joe Biden With Jeffrey Epstein?
|FALSE||Claim by Rand Paul (R): “When you talk about the peer-reviewed studies of masks, there was one done in Denmark, showed that it didn’t work. When you look at all of Sweden — 1.8 million children have not been wearing masks for the last two years, they’ve had zero covid deaths.”
The Washington Post rating: Four Pinocchios (Most of the peer-reviewed research shows that wearing masks outside the home, especially surgical or high-quality masks, reduces the incidence of covid-19 cases.)
|FALSE||Claim by Joe Biden (D): “The number of small businesses is up 30% compared to before the pandemic.”
PolitiFact rating: False (The stat is accurate, but this statistic shows that the number of newly created small businesses is 30% higher than 2019 levels, not that the total number of small businesses — both new and existing — has increased by 30%.
Joe Biden incorrectly describes statistic on small-business growth
|TRUE||Claim by George Papadopoulos, PatriotFetch, others: Florida currently has the lowest COVID cases per capita.
Newsweek rating: True (Yes, they currently do.)
Fact Check: Does Florida Now Have Lowest Daily US COVID Cases Per Capita?
|FALSE||(International: Australia): There have been 1113 cases of myocarditis in the Australian navy in 2021.
Australian Associated Press rating: False (Australia’s Department of Defence said the details are false. The figure has been taken from a claim about the US military.)
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