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 via Bitchute Video: The drug labels for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine “were blank when they should have contained all these diseases and adverse events” listed in a confidential report.
Politifact rating: False (The Pfizer report analyzes adverse events, which include any health issue that arises following vaccination regardless of whether it was caused by the vaccine.)
Fact-checking false claims that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine labels hid safety information
|Claim by Marty Makary via Fox News: Natural immunity protects better than vaccination; “the mortality risk of an un-boosted person under age 30 was zero”; cloth face masks, school closures had zero benefits for children and some harm
Health Feedback rating: Misleading (Research on the level and duration of the immune responses from infection and vaccination is still limited. Recovering from a previous infection doesn’t guarantee protection against COVID-19.)
Fox News article listing alleged mistakes in COVID-19 public health response mixes accurate information with unsubstantiated claims
|FALSE||Claim by Pennsylvania Conservative Fund: “[Dr. Mehmet] Oz was a spokesman for a group who wanted to defund the police.”
FactCheck.org rating: False (Dr. Oz does not support defunding the police.)
|TRUE||Claim by Bernie Sanders (I): Oil companies saw massive jumps in their oil revenues.
Verify Rating: True (huge jumps)
|Claim via Social Media: “In April 1997, there was a ‘gas out’ conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.”
PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (There is no evidence a 1997 gasoline boycott reduced gas prices “30 cents a gallon overnight.”)
A single-day gasoline boycott isn’t a silver bullet solution to rising gas prices
|(International: Australia): Claim by Kevin Rudd: The budget deficit and government debt are both five times higher under the coalition than they were under the previous Labor government.
Australian Associated Press rating: Mostly false (Net government debt in 2021/22 is expected to be around four times higher than when Labor left office, and the deficit about twice the size of Labor’s biggest deficit.)
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