The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/03/2022

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. We fact-check the fact-checkers and let you know their bias. 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 Donald Trump (R): Proposed changes to the Electoral Count act show Pence had the power and “could have overturned the election!”

PolitiFact rating: False (Constitutional scholars say that the Electoral Count Act, which governs the certification process, is poorly written but that under no circumstances would it give the vice president the power to throw certified state results into question.)

Trump falsely says Electoral Count Act talks prove he was right on Pence’s power

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Ron Johnson (R): “Of course, we’ve heard story after story. I mean, all these athletes dropping dead on the field, but we’re supposed to ignore that.”

The Washington Post rating: Four Pinocchios (Ron Johnson continues to promote misinformation regarding vaccines.)

Sudden ‘deaths’ of collapsing athletes: Following the coronavirus misinformation trail

NO
EVIDENCE
Claim by Dr. Robert Malone: “On average, between 1 in 2,000 and 1 in 3,000 children that receive these vaccines will be hospitalized in the short term with vaccine-caused damage.”

FactCheck.org rating: Unsupported (He does not provide evidence and the claims are contrary to what is known.)

Scientist Misleads on COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness and Vaccine Safety for Children

BLATANT
LIE
Claim The Expose: “Worldwide Data suggests Fully Vaccinated [people] are developing Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome”

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect (more covid crackpottery)

The COVID-19 vaccines protect people from severe COVID-19 and don’t weaken the immune system

The Expose Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Whoopi Goldberg: “The Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (The Holocaust saw Nazi Germans systematically persecute Jews on the basis of an ideology that saw Jewish people as an inferior race and a threat to other races.)

Whoopi Goldberg wrongly claims the Holocaust was ‘not about race’

BLATANT
LIE
(International: Russia): Claim by Sergei Lavrov: “Unlike US, #Russia deploys military forces only upon request from host countries. We fulfil [sic] agreements with them and abide by international law.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False

Russia Only Sends Troops Where Invited? Not a Chance.

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