The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/19/2022

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 Pat McCrory (R): “While Ukrainians bled and died … Congressman Budd excused their killer.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (Misrepresents what Budd said: Budd, Feb. 28: I would say Putin is evil, but that doesn’t mean he’s not smart. He’s a very intelligent actor, although I would say he’s been quite erratic in this approach to the Ukraine. … It was very predictable what he would do, but, at the same time, Putin is evil. He’s an international thug. But he is intelligent, so we have to treat him as such.)

TV Ad Features Cherry-Picked Comments from Rep. Ted Budd About Putin

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Dr Peter McCullough: A university study shows that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine enters the nucleus of a human cell.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The study authors said this was not the finding of their work, which examined if mRNA from the vaccine could be changed into DNA in liver cancer cells.)

A Swedish study did not say COVID vaccine changes human DNA

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Bill O’Reilly: “As soon as Biden took office, he eliminated all subsidies for fossil fuels.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Most existing fossil-fuel subsidies can only be undone with the agreement of Congress, and while Biden and congressional Democrats have sought to do that, they have not yet been successful in achieving that goal.)

Bill O’Reilly’s misleading statement on Biden and fossil-fuel subsidies

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Video: allegedly shows one of the victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine smoking a cigarette while wrapped in a body bag.

Check Your Fact rating: False (From a music video)

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Ukrainian Person Smoking A Cigarette In A Body Bag?

MISLEADING Claim by Joe Biden (D): The U.S. oil and gas industry has “9,000 permits” on federal land that “they could be drilling right now” to increase production and lower prices.

FactCheck.org rating: Misleading (Same amount as under Trump and just because you have a lease doesn’t mean there’s actually oil and gas in that lease, and there has to be a lot of development that occurs between the leasing and then ultimately permitting for that acreage to be productive. Meaning they can’t be drilling right now.)

Both Sides Spin Domestic Oil Production

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by RIA Novosti: “Russian muftis expressed support for the special operation in Ukraine and called it a forced preventive defensive measure, ‘based on the Holy Quran’.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False (the notion that Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine was “defensive” or “preventative” is baseless Kremlin propaganda.)

Russian Islamic Scholars Falsely Call Ukraine War ‘Defensive’

RIA Novosti Rating

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