The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/12/2023

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: “In the month since Republicans took the House majority,” they are trying to “impose a 30% tax on everything.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (While adding the sales tax, the bill would also end federal taxes on income, payroll, estates and gifts. The bill has limited support in the House.)

GOP wants a ‘30% tax on everything’? That ignores taxes that would end, bill’s limited chances

Claim via Rumble Video: CDC Dep. Dir. Tom Shimabukuro Admits COVID Vaccines Are Causing “Debilitating Illnesses”

Lead Stories rating: False (No Link Yet)

Fact Check: CDC’s Shimabukuro Did NOT Admit COVID Vaccines Are Causing ‘Debilitating Illnesses

Rumble Rating

FALSE Claim by Rick Scott (R): President Joe Biden “cheated on his taxes and got away with it.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Joe and Jill Biden’s 2017 and 2018 tax filings showed that they used special tax entities called S corporations to shield a portion of their income from as much as $500,000 in taxes. Some experts consider the tactic to be an “aggressive” way to legally avoid taxes. But experts agreed it would not be characterized as “cheating,” much less illegal. There’s a long history of high-income taxpayers using S corporations to reduce tax liability, including politicians from both parties.)

Sen. Rick Scott’s false claim that Joe Biden ‘cheated’ on taxes

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel admitted that the company produced 100000 COVID19 vaccines in 2019 before the pandemic began

Lead Stories rating: False (Not Covid vaccines)

Fact Check: Moderna CEO Did NOT Admit Company Produced 100,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses In 2019

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Gen. Mark A. Milley “never served in combat.” rating: False (Milley has an “extensive background of combat experience,” according to the U.S. Army, including deployment to Iraq and three tours in Afghanistan.)

Gen. Milley Has Long Combat History, Contrary to Social Media Posts

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): 19.2 million people declined the first Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.

Full Fact rating: False (This is an overestimate. It includes many children who were not offered the vaccine, and assumes a much higher UK population than exists in reality.)

Vaccine boosters post wrongly says people not offered Covid-19 vaccine ‘declined’ it – Full Fact

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