The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/11/2023

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 Joe Biden (R): “In the past two years, democracies have become stronger, not weaker. Autocracies have grown weaker, not stronger.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Recent research suggests that democracy has been declining around the world for the past several years, although some experts said some democracies have grown a little stronger, while others have weakened.)

Joe Biden says democracy is strengthening worldwide. Experts are dubious.

Joe Biden Rating

Claim by (Mike Lindell): Having sex with vaccinated men causes menstrual cycle problems in unvaccinated women and Pfizer documents confirm this.

Lead Stories rating: False (Crackpot pseudoscience as it can’t transmit.)

Fact Check: Sex With COVID-Vaccinated Men Does NOT Cause Menstrual Cycle Problems In Unvaccinated Women

Frank Speech Rating

MISLEADING Claim by Replace Sinema: Did Kyrsten Sinema sit on Republican side during Biden SOTU?

Newsweek rating: Needs Context (While Sinema was seen on what is traditionally the Republican side of the aisle alongside Romney and Youngo, the chamber was not split into partisan lines during the State of the Union address.)

Fact Check: Did Kyrsten Sinema sit on Republican side during Biden SOTU?

FALSE Claim by Lauren Boebert (R): Joe Biden closed schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PolitiFact rating: False (The opposite is true. In March 2020, while former President Donald Trump was still in office, governors and state officials nationwide shut down K-12 schools because of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden called for school reopenings early in his presidency, but also pointed to reopening guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The decision whether to follow the CDC guidance rested with local and state officials.)

Lauren Boebert said Joe Biden closed schools. Here’s why she’s wrong.

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Earthquakes, such as the ones in Turkey and Syria in February 2023, can be scientifically and accurately predicted.

Snopes rating: False (Scientists say it is possible to use data to estimate the probability of earthquakes in areas where they are known to occur, but no one has been able to make a credible prediction so far.)

No, It Is Not Possible to Predict an Earthquake

FALSE (International: Australia): Face masks contain tiny fibers that cause Morgellons disease.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (There’s no consensus on whether Morgellons is an actual skin condition. Those who believe it is, say it cannot be caused by masks.)

Experts unmask alleged PPE link to mystery skin disease

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