The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/17/2022

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

 TRUE Claim by Tony Evers (D): Says he has issued more pardons than “any Wisconsin governor in contemporary history.”

PolitiFact rating: True (To find a governor to issue more pardons than Evers, you would have to go back to Gov. Julius Heil in 1939.)

Has Gov. Evers granted more pardons than any Wisconsin governor in recent history?

Claim by Viral Image: An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows a CNN chyron claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin will not invade Ukraine until U.S. President Joe Biden delivers weapons to the country “for Russia to capture.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (Fake. Digitally altered.)

FACT CHECK: Did CNN Air This Chyron About Putin Waiting To Invade Ukraine Until Biden Sends Weapons ‘For Russia To Capture’?

Claim by Viral Image: Photo shows the freedom convoy in Canberra, Australia, with over 1.5 million cars.

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (The image doesn’t depict recent pandemic protests in Canberra, Australia. It was taken in England in 2019 and shows attendees of the annual Glastonbury Festival of music and arts.)

No, this image doesn’t show pandemic protesters in Australia

UNPROVEN Claim by Family Research Council: A study from Johns Hopkins on natural immunity to COVID-19 demonstrates that infection provides better protection than vaccination, challenging official vaccine recommendations for previously infected people

Health Feedback rating: Lacks Context (the study’s results don’t conclusively demonstrate protection from reinfection.)

Study on SARS-CoV-2 antibodies levels following infection don’t prove that recovered patients are protected from reinfection

Family Research Council Rating

Claim via Social Media: 44 Percent of Black People Do Have HIV;

Lead Stories rating: False (If 44% of the African American population in the U.S. had HIV, that would mean around 21 million Black people would test positive for HIV. According to, there are around 1.2 million people total who have HIV in the U.S.)

Fact Check: NOT True That 44% of Black People In US Have HIV

(International: New Zealand): Claim by New Zealand Scientists find nanotech in Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine.

Lead Stories rating: False (Crackpot Pseudoscience)

Fact Check: NO Evidence Photos Show COVID Vaccine Or ‘Nanotech’

Principia-Scientific Rating

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