The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 06/01/2022

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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MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Ron Johnson (R): In the immediate wake of a fire and vandalism at the Madison headquarters of an anti-abortion group, Democrats had not condemned “activists who are engaging in this repugnant illegal activity.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Numerous Democrats did condemn the incident, including Gov. Tony Evers, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Attorney General Josh Kaul, and the Madison mayor. However, some did not.)

Some Democrats did and some did not weigh in on Madison pro-life office arson

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Rumor: claims Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn “proposed a plan wherein birth control should only be legal for married couples.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (There is no record of Blackburn proposing such a policy.)

FACT CHECK: Did Marsha Blackburn Propose A Plan That Would Prohibit Birth Control For Unmarried People?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: With $40 billion, Elon Musk could have given everyone in the U.S. $1 million

USA Today rating: False (Really bad math! Each person would get $120)

Fact check: Musk’s Twitter offer would be enough to give every American $120

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla We Will Reduce The Number Of People By 50%

Lead Stories rating: False (Doctored video)

Fact Check: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla Did NOT Say By 2023 ‘We Will Reduce’ The Number Of People By 50%

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Does Photo Show Kevin Spacey and Ghislaine Maxwell in Buckingham Palace?

Newsweek rating: True

Fact Check: Is Kevin Spacey, Ghislaine Maxwell Buckingham Palace pic real?

BLATANT
LIE
(International: United Kingdom): Claim by Francis Boulle: The FDA said heart attacks following the Covid-19 vaccines are 71 times higher than following other vaccines.

Full Fact rating: False (This claim was not made by the FDA, but by a member of the public during an FDA open meeting. There is no known link between the Covid-19 vaccines and heart attacks.)

The FDA did not say Covid-19 vaccines are causing more heart attacks – Full Fact

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