The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/15/2023

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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TRUE Claim by Scott Walker (R): “Every pro-life Governor up for election in November won – by a large margin.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Walker is right that governors who oppose abortion, some of whom have signed into law bills that greatly restrict or ban the procedure, did well in November’s midterm elections. But Walker’s claim leaves out a bit of context: Incumbents usually have an easier time winning, which held true this election cycle except for the state of Nevada.)

Yes, governors who oppose abortion did well in midterms – but so did governors who feel the opposite

UNPROVEN Claim by Children’s Health Defense: 769 athletes collapsed on the field in a year due to the Covid-19 vaccine

AFP Fact Check rating: Unproven (Public health agencies have found no link between athlete injuries or deaths and vaccination.

Reports mislead on athlete cardiac arrests

Children’s Health Defense Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Magic Johnson tested positive for HIV “because Fauci’s gain of function study used a contaminated Hepatitis B vaccine.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Just some crackpots making stuff up as Johnson contracted HIV through unprotected sex.)

Magic Johnson did not contract HIV from a contaminated vaccine

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “SB 960, proposed by Democrat Sen. Nancy Skinner, would remove the provision that an individual must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States in order to become a police officer,” the post reads. “The bill makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (The bill allows those “legally authorized to work” in the country to become officers, not illegal immigrants. All businesses and places of employment must check to make sure applicants have approval to work.)

FACT CHECK: IS CALIFORNIA ALLOWING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO BECOME LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: We use only 10 percent of our brains.

VERIFYThis.com rating: False (While it might seem like some people only use 10%. The reality is we use 100%.)

Do we only use 10 percent of our brains? No. | verifythis.com

FALSE (International: Iran): Claim by Iran’s State-run Press TV: “Hamid Nouri, a former Iranian judiciary official who has been illegally incarcerated in Sweden … said his trial has not been fair.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False

Convicting Iran’s Hamid Nouri For War Crimes Is Not ‘Illegal’

Press TV Rating

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