The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/09/2022

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: Country singer Jake Flint died unexpectedly on Nov. 27 because of the COVID-19 vaccine.

FactCheck.org rating: False (No Evidence)

Country Singer’s Death Not Related to COVID-19 Vaccine

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: World Economic Forum chief Klaus Schwab suffered a second heart attack.

Lead Stories rating: False (In Good Health)

Fact Check: World Economic Forum Chief Klaus Schwab Did NOT Suffer ‘Second’ Heart Attack

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Newspunch: “Climate activists vow to slaughter millions of dogs to ‘reduce carbon pawprint.’”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (The headline originated on a site known for sharing misinformation and the associated story cites an article that does not support its claim.)

No, climate activists have not vowed to slaughter millions of dogs

NewsPunch rating

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Tucker Carlson emailed Hunter Biden asking for his help in getting his son into Georgetown University, including writing a recommendation letter.

Snopes.com rating: True (Yes, he did in 2014.)

Did Tucker Carlson Ask Hunter Biden for Help Getting His Son into College?

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Jill Underly: “Wisconsin elementary school students buck national trends in ‘National Report Card’ release.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Wisconsin saw drops (some with marginal differences) in test scores for fourth and eighth graders in both reading and mathematics, following a concerning trend in recent years. The state also saw major disparities in assessment results between Black and white students, making it among the widest in the nation. Ultimately, Wisconsin did not buck national trends nor did it see any increase compared with the 2019 test scores.)

Wisconsin schools chief touts silver lining, but scores did not buck national trend

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by RT, Russian state media outlet: “PMC Wagner is bravely defending the interests of the Russian world in the special military operation [in Ukraine], but the Western press calls them nothing other than ‘mercenaries’ and ‘soldiers of fortune.’ ”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False

The Kremlin’s False Portrayal of Wagner Mercenaries in Ukraine

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