The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/23/2022

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 Rebecca Kleefisch (R): Says Gov. Tony Evers is “a big proponent of this defund the police movement.”

Politifact rating: False (Evers has said he is opposed to slashing police funding and that such a demand “goes too far.” The governor has directed more than $100 million in federal COVID relief money to support law enforcement.)

Democrat Evers is not ‘a big proponent’ of defunding police, as GOP challenger Kleefisch claims

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Event 201 is evidence that officials already knew about COVID-19

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (Event 201, which happened in October 2019, featured a simulated coronavirus pandemic; this can be explained by the fact that coronaviruses were a known pandemic risk. Similar events had already been held in the past.)

Event 201 isn’t evidence that authorities knew or planned the COVID-19 pandemic

Children’s Health Defense Rating

MISLEADING Claim by Russell Brand: “Seems to me that [Dr. Anthony Fauci] may accept [royalty] payments” for treatments he developed while working for the National Institutes of Health.

FactCheck.org rating: Misleading (Not the Whole Story as he donates his payments and therefore does not profit.)

Some Posts About NIH Royalties Omit Fauci Statement That He Donates His Payments

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Image: claims the Rothschild family owns Reuters and the Associated Press (AP).

Check Your Fact rating: False (There is no evidence the Rothschild family owns Reuters or AP. Reuters is owned by the Thomson Corporation and the AP is a non-profit cooperative formed by various newspapers and broadcasters.)

FACT CHECK: No, The Rothschild Family Does Not Own Reuters And The Associated Press

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Candace Owens: “79% of Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority neighborhoods. This is not by accident. That is by its founder, Margaret Sanger’s, eugenicist design.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Sanger has been criticized for supporting eugenics, but scholars say her allegiance to the movement concerned public health, not race. She also didn’t support abortion, and none of her clinics performed the procedure until after her death.)

Claim that most Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority areas by ‘eugenicist’ design falls short

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by expose-news.com: Canadian Govt Publish Data That ‘Suggests’ People Triple-Vaccinated For COVID-19 Get Sicker, Develop Vaccine-Associated Enhanced Disease

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Canada Did NOT Publish Data That ‘Suggests’ People Triple-Vaccinated For COVID-19 Get Sicker, Develop Vaccine-Associated Enhanced Disease

The Expose Rating

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