The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/18/2022

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

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Patrick Gaspard (D): “Inflation has been caused by the global economies shutting down all at once, reopening all at once. And … the U.S. economy is recovering at a far faster pace than any other country in the OECD.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Growth has exceeded expectations. While many of these inflationary pressures are traceable to global factors related to the pandemic, others have flowed from the fiscal choices made by the Biden administration.)

US economic growth exceeds rivals’ and has contributed to inflation

FALSE Claim by foxnews.com: Clinton campaign paid to ‘infiltrate’ Trump Tower, White House servers to link Trump to Russia: Durham

Lead Stories rating: False (There is nothing in the documents to indicate this.)

Fact Check: Special Counsel Did NOT Say Clinton Paid Tech Boss To ‘Infiltrate’ Trump Tower And White House Servers

Fox News Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social media: Hackers released ‘vaccine death data’ from Pfizer and Moderna.

USA Today rating: False (they were not hacked)

Fact check: Posts falsely claim Pfizer, Moderna servers were hacked

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Turning Point USA is a white nationalist organization.

Politifact rating: False (while they may fail many fact checks, scholars who study white nationalism and even the group’s critics say calling Turning Point USA white nationalist goes too far.)

The claim that Turning Point USA is a white nationalist group is False

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Rumble Video: In 2021, cases of pregnancy and fertility issues, cancer, neurological issues, and heart disease spiked after COVID-19 vaccination

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (Reporting error.)

Alleged spikes in medical conditions among the military after COVID-19 vaccine rollout are based on faulty data resulting from a glitch in the database

Rumble Rating

TRUE (International: South Africa): Claim by President Cyril Ramaphosa: “The social relief of distress grant has provided support to more than 10 million unemployed people…”

Africa Check rating: Correct

Fact-checked: South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s 6th state of the nation address

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