The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/05/2023

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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Claim via Social Media: The CEO of Starbucks just said, ‘If you support traditional marriage, don’t buy our coffee.” rating: False (There is no record of Schultz saying this. During an annual shareholders meeting in 2013, a shareholder said that Starbucks was losing customers because of the company’s support for gay marriage. Schultz replied: “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company.”)

Post Misstates Quote from Starbucks CEO on Marriage

Claim by Kari Lake (R): Nearly 250,000 voting attempts failed in Arizona midterm election.

USA Today rating: False (The voting logs in question show some ballots had to be scanned multiple times by tabulating machines before they were read properly at the polls, but there’s no proof any valid votes weren’t counted. Votes that couldn’t ultimately be scanned by machine were counted at another location.)

Fact check: False claim that 250,000 Arizona voting attempts failed

Claim by Devin LeMahieu (R): “In 2010, (Wisconsin Republicans) inherited a multi-Billion dollar deficit … Today we are looking at a projected surplus approaching 7 Billion.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Estimates show a historic budget surplus of more than $7.1 billion at the end of the current fiscal year. But the claim glosses past at least $19.9 billion in COVID-19 pandemic-related relief sent to state and local governments, helping bolster Wisconsin’s economy.)

Wisconsin Republicans take credit for reining in deficit, despite federal and grant relief

Claim via Social Media: Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene stated deaths caused by COVID-19 are due to “natural selection.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (fake)


Claim by retired nurse John Campbell: A study released in early 2023 provides conclusive proof that vitamin D greatly reduces the risk of being admitted to a hospital’s intensive care unit due to COVID-19.

Lead Stories rating: No Evidence (While vitamin D is known to have a role in the body’s immune response, there is “no clear picture of how or if vitamin D should be used in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.)

Fact Check: Study Provides NO Conclusive Evidence Vitamin D Protects Against COVID-19

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by Vladimir Putin: “[A]fter the Second World War, Germany was, as you know, divided into four occupation zones: American, British, French, and Soviet. So, the Soviet Union legally ended the occupation, but the United States did not.” rating: False

Putin Falsely Claims US Has Been Occupying Germany Since WWII

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