The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/21/2023

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 Joe Biden (D): The “average tax” for billionaires is “about 3%,” which is “a lower tax than a schoolteacher or a firefighter.”

Politifact rating: False (The 3% figure refers to calculations made under a theoretical proposal. Under today’s laws, the 25 highest-earning billionaires paid an average tax rate of 16%. Meanwhile, among households earning from $50,000 to $100,000 a year — the category that many teachers and firefighters would fall into — the vast majority paid effective tax rates of between 0% and 15%.

Joe Biden miscalculates how much billionaires pay in taxes

Claim by Viral Video: Senator Kennedy used information from Hunter Biden’s laptop that related to AOC.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The video’s caption is inaccurate. The clips shown in the post do not feature any such revelation.)

FACT CHECK: Did Sen. Kennedy Reveal Evidence That Connects AOC To Hunter Biden?

FALSE Claim via Social media: Biden asked China for permission to shoot down spy balloon.

USA Today rating: False (There is no evidence Biden asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for permission to shoot down the balloon.)

Fact check: False claim Biden asked Chinese president for permission to down spy balloon

FALSE Claim by Dr. Ryan Cole: “Unusual cancers” are “exploding right into stage 4″ and those cancer cells have “the spike protein.”

PolitiFact rating: False (A doctor who frequently makes false claims related to Covid-19 and vaccines. This has been debunked numerous times.)

Oft-repeated claim again debunked: Experts say still no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause cancer

Claim via Social Media: Atlanta Banned The Word ‘Women’ Across All Public Platforms.

Lead Stories rating: False (No Ban)

Fact Check: NO Evidence Atlanta Banned The Word ‘Women’ Across All Public Platforms

FALSE (International: Indonesia): Former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan named a corruption suspect in early 2023.

AFP Fact Check rating: False

False posts target Indonesian politician Anies Baswedan with ‘corruption suspect’ claim in early 2023

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