The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 04/29/2022

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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FALSE Claim via Social Media: “DeSantis erases Disney’s tax exempt law. Will cost Disney $200 Mil in taxes. Per year!”

Politifact rating: False (Disney World paid more than $780 million in state and local taxes in fiscal year 2021. No evidence to substantiate the claim that DeSantis’ action would cost Disney $200 million in taxes a year.)

Walt Disney World was not tax-exempt in Florida, contrary to social media claims

Claim via Social Media: Lyme Disease Was Invented In A Lab In 1975.

Lead Stories rating: False (Older Than USA in fact thousands of years old)

Fact Check: Lyme Disease Was NOT Invented In A Lab In 1975 — Its Bacteria Is Thousands Of Years Old

Claim by Claudia Tenney (R): In 2021, “11,201 pounds of fentanyl were seized by Customs and Border Protection, which is enough to kill every American nearly seven times over.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Tenney is correct that 11,201 pounds of fentanyl were seized by Customs and Border Protection in 2021. She is also essentially accurate about how deadly that supply could be. Using a standard fatal dose of 2 milligrams, the amount seized in 2021 would have been enough to kill every American 7.64 times over.)

Can the fentanyl seized by officials at US borders kill every American seven times over?

Claim by Viral Image: allegedly shows a headline from The Washington Post that reads, “China is forcing hundreds of millions of new trees to exist every year.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (The image is digitally fabricated. A spokesperson for The Washington Post confirmed that the screen grab is fake.)

FACT CHECK: Did The Washington Post Publish An Article About China ‘Forcing’ New Trees To Exist?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell is back on Twitter after Elon Musk takeover.

Newsweek rating: False (Not yet)

Fact Check: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell back on Twitter after Musk takeover

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by Anthony Albanese: Scott Morrison did not propose that asylum seeker boards should be turned back during the lead-up to the 2013 election.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The coalition had a clear policy in support of boat turnbacks before the 2013 poll.)

Labor leader rewrites history on coalition boat turnback policy

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