The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 04/12/2022

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

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TRUE Claim by Amy Konfrst (D): Only 2% of K-12 students would benefit from Iowa’s school voucher bill.

Politifact rating: True (With 10,000 vouchers available, only 2 percent of Iowa’s students would be granted a voucher under the bill.)

Iowa’s Student First voucher bill would benefit 2 percent of Iowa school children

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: “Sunscreens cause cancer, not the sun”; sunscreen and sunless tanning products contain cancer-causing ingredients

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect (No evidence indicates that sunscreen ingredients increase the risk of any type of cancer. On the contrary, plenty of evidence shows that sunscreen use reduces the risk of skin cancer.)

Current evidence doesn’t indicate that sunscreen ingredients increase the risk of cancer; it shows that unprotected sun exposure does

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Image: purportedly shows a woman wearing a Nazi shirt while attending a rally for former President Donald Trump.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The photo was captured during a National Socialist Movement rally in 2010, not at a Trump rally. The image has been altered to include the Trump sign visible in the background.)

FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show A Woman Wearing A Nazi Shirt At A Trump Rally?

FALSE Claim by Watt Up With That: “…Seven and a half years have passed since there was any trend in global warming at all” If global warming was caused by human emissions, temperature would rise at a steady rate

Climate Feedback rating: Incorrect (Earth continues to warm despite cherry-picked short-term data.)

Earth’s surface continues to warm due to greenhouse gas emissions, contrary to claims by Christopher Monckton in Watts Up With That

Watts Up With That Rating

TRUE Did he say it?: Former U.S. President Donald Trump said, “There are some people that say my greatest achievement was getting the vaccine, because the vaccine was said to take three to five years, and most people said it wasn’t going to happen.”

Snopes.com rating: Correct Attribution

Did Trump Say ‘Some People Say My Greatest Achievement’ Was Developing COVID-19 Vaccine?

MOSTLY
TRUE
(International: Australia): Claim by Josh Wilson: No trees have been planted toward the coalition government’s 2018 target of one billion new trees by 2030.

Australian Associated Press rating: Mostly True (Around 4300 hectares of trees have been planted since 2018, equivalent to only around one per cent of the 2030 goal.)

Labor claim lays bare government failure on tree target

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