The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/19/2023

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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 Nikki Haley (R): “Joe and Kamala even say America’s racist.” rating: False (President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris said in April 2021 that they do not believe America is a racist nation — although both have said America has a history of racism and racism does exist in the country today.)

Haley Twists Biden’s and Harris’ Comments on Racism in America

Claim by Billionaire philanthropist George Soros endorses Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential race.

Lead Stories rating: False (No Endorsement, he said he will run and most likely will win the nomination.)

Fact Check: Soros Did NOT Endorse Florida Gov. DeSantis For GOP Nomination For President — Soros Predicted He’ll Run

Gateway Pundit Rating

Claim by Occupy Democrats: “Obama imposed stricter rules on trains carrying toxins. Trump killed them.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (During former President Barack Obama’s administration, the Department of Transportation enacted a rule requiring high-hazard cargo trains to be equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes by 2023, allowing them to brake faster. The Trump administration repealed this rule, citing government reports that found the cost of requiring these kinds of brakes was not economically justified. Even if this safety rule had still been in effect, it would not have applied to the Norfolk Southern train that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, because it was not categorized as a high-hazard cargo train.)

Obama-era safety rule for high-hazard cargo trains was repealed under Trump

Occupy Democrats Rating

MISLEADING Claim by Epoch Times: “An increased risk of stroke events has been identified with the Pfizer COVID-19 bivalent vaccine”

Health Feedback rating: Misleading (The analysis from the CDC performed various comparisons to determine whether booster shots recipients were at a higher risk of ischemic stroke. However, the claim only took into consideration the results suggesting the existence of such a risk and left out the comparisons suggesting the absence of risk.)

New CDC data don’t confirm that the Pfizer bivalent booster shot increases the risk of ischemic strokes

Epoch Times Rating

FALSE Claim by The Guardian: The Guardian and comedian Samantha Bee claimed in tweets that Glenn Youngkin cleared the way for a bill that would allow police to seek women’s menstrual histories.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The bill would shield menstrual history data from police, not allow them to seek it. Youngkin opposed the bill and did not support it.)

FACT CHECK: Did Glenn Youngkin Clear The Way For Police To Seek Menstrual

The Guardian Rating

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by The Exposé: Three studies show “Covid-19 vaccines are harmful and ineffective”.

Full Fact rating: False (Two of the studies referenced show that, in certain scenarios, more vaccinated people were infected with Covid-19 than unvaccinated people, but this is not good evidence of vaccine ineffectiveness. None of them show the vaccines to be harmful.)

Article claiming studies show Covid-19 vaccines increase infection risk is false and misleading – Full Fact

The Expose Rating

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