The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/06/2023

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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FALSE Claim by Marjorie Taylor Greene (R): Illinois “received $5.1 billion at an elementary school there that used it for equity and diversity.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Illinois received about $5.1 billion to support school reopenings. Illinois split the majority of that among its roughly 850 school districts — one school didn’t take it all. Illinois’ school reopening strategies included an emphasis on equity and diversity, and a portion of the money was directed to helping groups of students who were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, such as low-income students. Illinois school districts also planned to use the money for tutoring, after-school programs and special education, as well as completing building improvements and hiring teachers.)

$5.1 billion for one school’s diversity program? Marjorie Taylor Greene is wrong

Claim via Social media: Greta Thunberg said climate change is a hoax.

USA Today rating: False (There is no record of Thunberg, a climate activist, saying that climate change is a hoax. The post presents no evidence to back up this claim.)

Fact check: No, Greta Thunberg did not say climate change is a hoax

FALSE Claim by Sean Hannity: Two academic studies found police officers are as or less likely to shoot Black suspects, showing, “There is no systemic racism in policing. It doesn’t exist.” rating: False (374 white people were shot to death by police, compared with 220 Black and 114 Hispanic people. But the raw numbers can be misleading. Black people make up 13.6% of the American population, yet they represented just over 30% of the people shot to death by police in 2022.)

Hannity’s Dubious Claim About Studies Showing ‘No Systemic Racism in Policing’

Sean Hannity Rating

FALSE Claim via Social media: Trump’s tax returns prove he never donated his salary.

USA Today rating: False (It does not prove that. Trump’s tax returns show only the charitable contributions he reported – not whether he donated his own salary or where the contributions went. Multiple federal agencies say they received donations from part of Trump’s salary.)

Fact check: False claim about Trump’s tax returns, salary donation

Claim by Jack Posobiec: Did AOC funnel cash to Chinese agent before balloon appeared?

Newsweek rating: Misleading/No Evidence (While Ocasio-Cortez paid for ad space in a Chinese newspaper, whose American subsidiary was listed as a foreign agent by the U.S. government, there is no evidence that either is linked to the appearance of a spy balloon over Montana, as Posobiec’s tweet may imply.)

Fact Check: Did AOC ‘Funnel’ Cash to Chinese Agent Before Balloon Appeared?

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by Boris Johnson: There was another reason why we were able to do the vaccine rollout so fast, and that was because we’d taken back control of our Medical Health Regulation Agency (sic).

The Ferret rating: False

Claim that Brexit allowed faster vaccine rollout is False

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