The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/05/2022

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 by Republican National Senatorial Committee: Sen. Mark Kelly voted “for benefits to illegals.”

Politifact rating: False (The National Republican Senatorial Committee said its claim referenced two of Kelly’s votes on pandemic stimulus checks. But Kelly’s votes on these measures did not have the effect of granting stimulus checks to immigrants who were illegally in the country.)

Mark Kelly’s votes did not give benefits to immigrants in the country illegally

Claim by Viral Image: claims five kids from Wichita, Kansas died from fentanyl-laced marijuana in a single day in April.

Check Your Fact rating: False (There is no evidence to suggest five children died in a single day after overdosing on fentanyl-laced marijuana. A spokesperson for the Wichita Police Department (WPD) stated the department had no knowledge of such an incident.)

FACT CHECK: Did 5 Kids Die In A Single Day From Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana In Wichita, Kansas?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Tylenol is the #1 cause of acute liver failure in the US with 27% of people dying & kills at least 100,000 per year from its use.”

Politifact rating: False (About 450 deaths per year are related to acetaminophen-associated overdoses, according to the FDA. That number is nowhere near 100,000 deaths — and there is no reason to think that each of those deaths was due to Tylenol, specifically.)

No, using Tylenol isn’t killing ‘at least 100,000’ people per year

FALSE Claim by Modern Alternative Mama: Certain medicines and compounds like folic acid “deplete folate, which is very serious for those with MTHFR”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (No evidence)

No evidence supports claim that MTHFR gene influences the risk of side effects from vaccines and medications like Tylenol

Modern Alternative Mama Rating

Claim by viral tweet from right-wing activist Mercedes Schlapp: Bill Gates is purchasing “a majority of American farmland.”

The Dispatch rating: False (Gates’ farmland represents .03 percent of American farmland.)

Fact Check: Is Bill Gates Purchasing a “Majority of American Farmland?

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by Angela Rayner: Under the Tories, families are £2,620 worse off.

Full Fact rating: False (This estimate is based on unreliable assumptions, and excludes the impact of wages and benefits, which are rising overall. Independent estimates suggest the average household will be worse off in 2022/23, but by significantly less than Labour’s figure of £2,620.)

Angela Rayner repeats misleading claim that families are £2,620 ‘worse off’ – Full Fact

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