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
|Claim by Blaine Wilhour (R): “There is absolutely no observed or clinical data that indicates any benefit whatsoever to masking K-12 students in schools.”
Politifact rating: Mostly False (No clinical data is available to date, but there is plenty of observational data.)
Rep. Wilhour says no “observational or clinical data” exists proving benefits of masks in schools
|Claim via Social Media: Scientists Lied About Isolating The Virus That Causes COVID-19.
Lead Stories rating: False (Covid-19 was isolated on Jan 7, 2020.)
Fact Check: Scientists Did NOT Lie About Isolating The Virus That Causes COVID-19
|UNPROVEN||Claim by Dave McCormick (R): “We all know China created COVID.”
PolitiFact rating: False (There is no scientific consensus on how the virus originated, but researchers believe it could have originated naturally or from an accident in a lab.)
No evidence for Senate hopeful McCormick’s claim that China created COVID-19
|Claim by beforeitsnews.com: Dr. Anthony Fauci was charged with murder by a grand jury.
Lead Stories rating: False (Fake news from Before Its News.)
Fact Check: Dr. Anthony Fauci NOT Charged With Murder By A ‘Grand Jury’ About Alleged COVID Crimes
|FALSE||Claim via Social Media: COVID-19 boosters are ‘destroying your immune system’
USA Today rating: False (It strengthens the immune system.)
Fact check: COVID-19 booster shots strengthen, don’t ‘destroy,’ immune system
|FALSE||(International: Pakistan): Pakistan university sent letter to students warning them against valentines day celebrations.
BOOM FactCheck rating: False
Did Pakistan University Send Anti-Valentine’s Day Letter To Students?
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I hate to break it to you but I think that you may be spreading misinformation; albeit unitentionally. Your rating of Representatives Wilhur’s claim that there is no observational data on masking school children as mostly false is itself misinformation. The Truth is there is no benefit for kids; especially when you consider that they are at such low risk to begin with. What you are actually doing is making it sound like Kids are at as much risk of dying or suffering severe outcomes as people my age or older. That’s just not true but you are still making it sound like it is true; which is going to cause more harm than good. I say this as somebody who would likely disagree with Representative Wilhur on 99.9% of everything. But in this case, I have to point that science is NOT on your side.