The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/24/2023

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 Winsome Earle-Sears (R): Brown v. Board of Education “was never about sending Black children to white schools. It was about parents being able to decide where to send their children to school.”

Politifact rating: False (Key phrasing in the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous 1954 ruling on Brown v. Board of Education contradict Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears’ claim that the landmark case about parental choice, not “sending Black chidlren to white schools.” The court wrote, “We come then to the question presented: does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other ‘tangible’ factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities? We believe that it does.”)

Earle-Sears says Brown v. Board was about parental choice, not segregation

Claim by retired nurse John Campbell: A paper published in a medical journal and a video based on it prove the Pfizer COVID vaccine causes brain and heart damage.

Lead Stories rating: False (The paper looks at the case of a single elderly man with Parkinson’s disease who died weeks after his final vaccination. It doesn’t establish a causal link between the vaccine and the damage to either the brain or the heart. John Campbell routinely publishes false information regarding Covid-19 vaccines.)

Fact Check: Video, Paper Do NOT Prove Pfizer COVID Vaccine Causes Brain Injury, Heart Damage

Claim by Viral image: KFC tweeted an image of a chicken drumstick for Black History Month.

PolitiFact rating: False (This isn’t an authentic tweet.)

No, KFC didn’t tweet a chicken drumstick for Black History Month

Claim by Benny Johnson: Joe Biden got the middle finger in Ukraine.

Newsweek rating: False (Benny Johnson falling for satire and sharing it. The original photo showed a guy holding two thumbs up.)

Fact Check: Did Joe Biden Get the Middle Finger in Europe?

Claim by George Santos (R): “I never claimed to be Jewish.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (There are a half-dozen documented instances in which George Santos unambiguously referred to himself as Jewish.)

George Santos said he “never claimed to be Jewish.” That’s Pants on Fire!

FALSE (International: South Africa): There are 600,000 confirmed homeless people living on the streets of Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa.

Africa Check rating: Incorrect

600,000 homeless people on the streets of Johannesburg and Pretoria? Why this claim is flawed

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