The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/18/2023

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 Tucker Carlson: “No administration has ever looked less like America, just by the numbers, than the Biden administration. (Referring to Diversity)”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (President Joe Biden’s federal judicial appointments have made the judiciary more representative of the U.S. population. Even so, white men are still overrepresented. Biden’s Cabinet is more diverse than the Cabinets of his two predecessors. For nearly two centuries, spanning the 18th to the 20th, women and people of color held no positions in the Cabinet or the federal judiciary, despite being a part of the total U.S. population.)

Tucker Carlson is wrong: Diversity makes the Biden administration more representative, not less

Tucker Carlson Rating

Claim via Social Media: purports Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert said a suspected Chinese spy balloon was “60K feet high, which is only about one mile”

Check Your Fact rating: False (Originated as satire)

FACT CHECK: Did Lauren Boebert Make This Comment About The Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon?

Claim by Morgan Luttrell (R): “Energy costs are the highest in 15 years”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Expected energy costs for winter heating, based on federal data outlooks, reached its highest level in 10 to 15 years.)

Estimated winter heating costs at highest level in over a decade

MISLEADING Claim by Dr. Robert Malone: Face masks are ineffective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases, a Cochrane review demonstrates.

Health Feedback rating: Misleading (Claims that face masks are ineffective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 based on a Cochrane review didn’t take into account the limitations of the review. While many users presented this review as the highest-quality evidence, the individual studies it evaluated varied greatly in terms of quality, study design, populations studied, and outcomes observed, which prevented the authors from drawing any definitive conclusions.)

Multiple studies show that face masks reduce the spread of COVID-19; a Cochrane review doesn’t demonstrate otherwise

FALSE Claim via Social Media: The earthquake in Turkey is a “scripted” use of geo engineering weather modification HAARP.

PolitiFact rating: False (The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, uses radio waves to study the atmosphere. It cannot be used to manipulate the weather or cause disasters such as earthquakes.)

Turkey-Syria earthquakes were natural disasters, not geoengineered

FALSE (International: Australia): Temperatures in Australia have cooled over the last 100 years.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Australia has been warming since national temperature records began in 1910.)

Climate claim BOMs in attempt to rewrite temperature history

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2 Comments on "The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/18/2023"

  1. who is checkiing the fact checkers for BIAS and sources?

  2. Media Bias Fact Check | February 20, 2023 at 6:56 am |

    You should. Be a responsible media consumer and look at all angles. You should always check our sources, as we link to them appropriately. Good luck.


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