The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/14/2023

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 by Joe Biden (D): “Studies show that children who go to preschool are nearly 50% more likely to finish high school and go on to earn a two- or four-year degree, no matter their background they came from.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (One credible academic study backs up Biden’s statement. Other studies of preschool programs have also shown gains in college attendance, but the rates have been lower, ranging from 12% to 18%.)

Joe Biden is right that preschool benefits college attendance, though research varies

Claim via Social media: Hunter Brown’s death caused by the COVID-19 vaccine

USA Today rating: False (no link)

Fact check: No link between Air Force cadet’s death, COVID-19 vaccine

Claim via Social Media: “This ‘earthquake’ is a systemic attack against Kurdish people.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (A social media post falsely claimed that the 7.8-magnitude temblor in Syria and Turkey was not an earthquake, but an attack on Kurdish people.)

The earthquake in Syria and Turkey was a real natural disaster, and not a political attack

FALSE Claim by BMC Infectious Diseases: More than 200,000 people may have died due to the COVID-19 vaccine

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (The claim is based on a survey that asked people whether they thought someone they knew had died from the COVID-19 vaccines, and then treated these personal opinions as facts. This isn’t a rigorous or reliable method to establish the cause of death.)

Baseless claim that COVID-19 vaccines killed more than 200,000 comes from flawed BMC Infectious Diseases study

FALSE Claim via Social Media: An ingredient in some of Chick-fil-A’s dipping sauces can cause serious health problems.

PolitiFact rating: False (You’ll be fine as long as you are not drinking 100 sauce packs per day. Some of Chick-fil-A’s dipping sauces contain a small amount of calcium disodium ethylene-diaminetetraacetate, or EDTA, a common food additive that helps preserve flavor, color and texture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined calcium disodium EDTA is safe to consume in small quantities.)

The sauce is safe: Experts say Chick-fil-A dip ingredient isn’t a health hazard

FALSE (International: Thailand): Thailand government to nullify its contract for COVID19 Pfizer BioNTech vaccines after a suspected connection to Princess Bajrakitiyabha’s collapse.

Lead Stories rating: False (Natural Causes and no ban)

Fact Check: Thailand Does NOT Plan To ‘Nullify’ Pfizer-BioNTech Contracts — NO Evidence COVID-19 Vaccination Caused Thai Princess’ Collapse

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