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
|Claim by Beto O’Rourke (D): “Expanding Medicaid, which if we had done at the beginning of the Abbott administration, would have brought in $100 billion to this state’s economy.”
Politifact rating: Mostly True (The $100 billion figure of federal funding over a decade comes from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in 2012 and cited widely in a 2013 study by the former deputy comptroller for Texas.)
|Claim by Dr. Robert Malone: Booster COVID-19 vaccine doses can “shut down the immune response”; heart damage following vaccination is “quite frequent”; “many of these [SARS-CoV-2] mutations are being driven by the evolutionary selection caused by the vaccines”
Health Feedback rating: Incorrect (Contradicts scientific data, which shows that booster doses induce strong immune responses and increase protection.)
|FALSE||Claim by Dinesh D’Souza: Recently released Jan. 6 footage shows “these cops using massive amounts of force against unarmed Trump supporters, including women.”
Politifact rating: False (Many rioters in the tunnel attacked police with real and makeshift weapons.)
|FALSE||Claim via Social Media: COVID-19 tests that are labeled “positive control swab” and “negative control swab” manipulated to deliver predetermined results.
Lead Stories rating: False (they are controls)
|FALSE||Claim via Social Media: President Joe Biden “has the lowest approval rating of any president ever.”
Politifact rating: False (Comparing approval ratings among presidents at about a year into their presidency, former President Donald Trump had the lowest approval rating.)
|FALSE||(International: Australia): Face masks increase the risks of respiratory diseases.
Australian Associated Press rating: False (Mask-wearing helps to prevent the spread of airborne diseases. There is no evidence masks increase respiratory illnesses.)
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