The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/13/2023

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 Kayleigh McEnany: “Joe Biden’s wide open southern border” is to blame for fentanyl deaths in the U.S.

PolitiFact rating: False (Deaths from fentanyl jumped 23% in President Joe Biden’s first year in office to more than 70,000, but they’ve been increasing since 2014 and also rose during Donald Trump’s administration. Most of the fentanyl coming into the U.S. from Mexico is coming through legal ports of entry. The vast majority of people sentenced for fentanyl trafficking are U.S. citizens, data shows. The southern border is not wide open. Funding and staffing levels for border protection have remained consistent between the Trump and Biden administrations, and border laws and policies continue to be enforced.)

Are Biden’s border policies to blame for fentanyl deaths? Experts say no

Claim by Ariyana Love: “PCR kits have never been about testing for COVID” […] They’re cloning devices”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, is a tool used for molecular cloning, or the replication of small DNA sequences in a test tube. It’s entirely different from reproductive cloning, which is the cloning of entire organisms.)

PCR-based COVID-19 tests aren’t cloning devices and don’t modify the human genome Rating

Claim by Viral image: Photo shows former President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador kissing.

PolitiFact rating: False (altered image)

Photo of Donald Trump, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador kissing is altered

TRUE Claim: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy signaled to GOP hecklers including, on multiple occasions, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, to be quiet during the 2023 State of the Union address.

Snopes rating: True

Did McCarthy ‘Shush’ Marjorie Taylor Greene Multiple Times During 2023 SOTU?

Claim by Mike Palicz (R): The 87,000 new IRS agents who were supposed to “only target the rich” are now “coming after waitresses’ tips.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (This is not a new concept. The newly proposed program seeks to replace three existing voluntary tip compliance agreements.)

Check, please. Are IRS agents coming for servers’ tips?

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by The Expose: Image shows Covid-19 vaccines cause “foot-long” blood clots

AFP Fact Check rating: False (Not related to the vaccine.)

‘Giant blood clot’ image unrelated to Covid-19 vaccine

The Expose Rating

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