The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/20/2023

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 via Social Media: “Seven ecological disasters in less than 2 weeks. … We are under attack.”

Politifact rating: False (The National Transportation Safety Board said there’s no evidence of foul play or sabotage in the Feb. 3 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. A truck that spilled chemicals in Arizona was an accident, and there is no long-term threat from the spill, officials said. A fire that burned plastic planters in Florida is still being investigated, but fire officials said it’s likely a propane tank exploded. There were no hazardous materials released, officials said.)

No evidence of foul play in Ohio train derailment, other incidents mentioned in a Facebook post

Claim via viral image: Photograph shows dead birds in kentucky from east palestine ohio train derailment disaster.

Lead Stories rating: False (Arkansas 2018)

Fact Check: Photo Does NOT Show Dead Birds In Kentucky After Ohio Train Derailment Disaster

Claim by Joe Biden (D): “In 2020, 55 of the largest corporations in America — the Fortune 500 — made $40 billion in profits and paid zero in federal taxes.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (A study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy concluded that at least 55 large companies paid zero federal income taxes in 2020.)

Fact-checking Joe Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Moderna was already producing COVID-19 vaccines before the beginning of the pandemic.

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (The quote from Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, commenting on Moderna’s production of mRNA vaccine doses in 2019 is taken out of context. Contrary to what is suggested in the claim, Bancel referred to the total production of doses of all kinds of mRNA vaccines, not to COVID-19 vaccine doses.)

Moderna didn’t already produce COVID-19 mRNA vaccines before the pandemic; statement by CEO of Moderna misinterpreted

Claim by Viral image: “Criminal caught after cutting off 37 man buns.”

PolitiFact rating: False (This headline is from a satire site.)

No man buns were harmed as fake news about a vigilante cutting them off spread on social media

FALSE (International: Australia): A scientific paper shows COVID-19 mRNA vaccines cause five times more cases of myocarditis than the virus itself.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The claim comes from a misreading of the study. The paper does not – and cannot – show excess risk following COVID vaccination versus COVID infection.)

Myocarditis study misrepresented to fuel vaccine claim

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