The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/20/2022

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 Tom Fitton (Judicial Watch): “[T]he law allows Trump to tear up documents, shred them, and take documents when he left the White House.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (A former president isn’t allowed to take possession of official records.)

Former Presidents Are Not Allowed to Take Home Official Records

Judicial Watch Rating

FALSE Claim by Robert Malone: Data from the US military shows a sharp rise in the incidence of various diseases in 2021.

Full Fact rating: False (The data supporting this claim is flawed, and has been withdrawn by officials. Rober Malone frequently makes false claims regarding the Covid vaccines.)

US defence data showing rise in diseases in 2021 was produced in error – Full Fact

Read How Robert Malone profits from disinformation.

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Melanie D’Arrigo (D): “Teachers can only deduct up to $250 for school supplies on their taxes, but billionaires can write off the entire cost of a private jet.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Teachers can write off up to $250 from their taxes, regardless of whether they itemize, for out-of-pocket classroom expenses. The full cost of private aircraft can be deducted from federal taxes if the aircraft is used for business.)

Tax code offers write-offs for some private plane purchases

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via social media: Shocking Evidence of Widespread Fraud in Wisconsin’s Voter Database.

Lead Stories rating: False (Not Shocking because it is not true.)

Fact Check: NO Evidence Of Widespread Fraud In Wisconsin’s Voter Database

FALSE Claim by The Washington Post: At least 50% of people who survive Covid-19 have debilitating health issues in the months afterwards.

Full Fact rating: False (This is far too high. There are various estimates for the prevalence of long Covid. The Office for National Statistics estimated that 7.5% of people infected with Covid-19 self-reported having long Covid three months after infection which limited their daily activities.)

Washington Post overstates prevalence of long Covid – Full Fact

Washington Post Rating

BLATANT
LIE
(International: India): Modi government has spent Rs 1,000-crore to build the Statue of Equality.

BOOM FactCheck rating: False (Funded by donations, not the government.)

No, Modi Government Did Not Spend Crores To Make Statue Of Equality | BOOM

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