The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/12/2022

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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 Eric Toney (R): The state crime lab under Attorney General Josh Kaul “is testing significantly less items than former AG Brad Schimel and is still taking longer to test many categories of key items in comparison to Schimel, including DNA.”

PolitiFact rating: True (In 2018, Schimel’s last year, the crime lab took 12,680 cases. In 2021, under Kaul, that fell to 9,297 cases – a nearly 31% drop.)

State Crime Lab doing less testing and generally taking longer than under previous AG

Claim by Viral Rumor: claims 438 illegal immigrants were removed from Walt Disney World by the Florida Department of Labor.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The rumor stems from a satirical article. There is no evidence or reports suggesting an operation of such magnitude had taken place.)

FACT CHECK: Did Florida’s Labor Department Remove 438 Illegal Immigrants From Disney World?

Claim via Social Media: “GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn has proposed that birth control should only be legal for MARRIED couples.”

Politifact rating: False (Blackburn did not propose limiting contraceptive use to married couples, nor did she otherwise make any proposals about birth control.)

No evidence Blackburn wants to limit birth control to married couples only

FALSE Claim by Donald Trump (R): Fact Check: Did Johnson & Johnson owner attend Trump rally in Pennsylvania?

Newsweek rating: False (Robert Wood Johnson IV does not own Johnson & Johnson, but he does own the New York Jets.)

Fact Check: Did Johnson & Johnson owner attend Trump rally in Pennsylvania?

FALSE Claim by Pam Keith (D): “Tennessee just banned Plan B and made it a crime punishable by a $50,000 fine to order it.”

Politifact rating: False (It doesn’t address or ban emergency contraceptives like Plan B. There is no criminal penalty for patients.)

Tennessee passed a ban on mailing abortion pills, not emergency contraceptives like Plan B

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by Nikolai Patrushev: “After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States and its satellites deployed a network of biolaboratories in the space of the former Soviet republics – in Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Armenia …” rating: False

Russia Targets Azerbaijan, Others With Fake Bioweapons Claims

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