The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/20/2022

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: The problem with mail ballots in Lancaster County is a sign of “voter fraud.”

PolitiFact rating: False (The county said the vendor printed ballots with a wrong identification code. The Department of State said 22,000 ballots were affected and will need to be copied by hand and then scanned.)

Mail ballot problem in Pennsylvania county was a printing error, not fraud

Claim by Viral Image: allegedly shows a tweet from CBS News regarding the arrest of two individuals who allegedly provided weapons, ammunition and body armor to the accused Buffalo supermarket shooter.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The Twitter account is unaffiliated with CBS News. The two men mentioned in the post are YouTube personalities who have no known connection to the Buffalo shooting suspect.)

FACT CHECK: Did CBS News Tweet About Two People Being Arrested For Helping The Buffalo Shooter?

Claim via Social Media: “We have 76% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, meaning they are one paycheck away from poverty.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (No recent data putting the percentage of Americans living paycheck to paycheck as high as 76%. There is no clear definition for the phrase “paycheck to paycheck,” so people should be skeptical of statistics based on the concept.)

Though many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, some posts inflate the stat

FALSE Claim by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: “they were not able to find a single healthy child in america that died from COVID-19 […] but one in every 2700 people are getting myocarditis”; “athletes are collapsing on playing fields as for myocarditis and it’s from the vaccines”; Moderna patent filed in 2019 is linked to t…

Health Feedback rating: Misleading (Cases of heart inflammation following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents and young adults are uncommon and typically mild. In fact, the risk of heart inflammation is higher after COVID-19 itself than after vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination reduces this risk.)

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing severe disease and other complications outweigh the risk of myocarditis, which is higher after COVID-19 itself

Claim via Infowars: “Breaking: Democrats introduce bill to put Americans in quarantine camps.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Complete nonsense)

No, Democrats aren’t trying to put Americans in quarantine camps

Infowars Rating

FALSE (International: China): Map shows ships waiting to dock along Chinese coast.

USA Today rating: False

Fact check: Shipping map misrepresented in posts about delays amid China COVID-19 lockdown

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