The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/25/2022

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 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

Bitchute Rating

MOSTLY
FALSE
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

Fox News Rating

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.)

Misleading ‘Defund the Police’ Attack on Dr. Oz

TRUE Claim by Bernie Sanders (I): Oil companies saw massive jumps in their oil revenues.

Verify Rating: True (huge jumps)

Yes, revenues of four U.S. oil companies spiked in 2021

BLATANT
LIE
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

MOSTLY
FALSE
(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.)

Rudd overshoots on scale of coalition debt and deficit

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