The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/25/2023

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 Tina Lambert (R): Student ID cards are a “source of fraud” at the polls.

PolitiFact rating: False (The Idaho lawmaker did not provide evidence to support her claim that student IDs are a source of fraud at the polls. The majority of Idaho voters use their driver’s license as their voter ID. A spokesperson for the Idaho secretary of state said, “There have been no recent instances of fraud that we’re aware of using student IDs.”)

Republican lawmaker says student IDs are a source of voter fraud. She cited no examples.

Claim by A study assessing the safety of a planted-based meat product proves that meat grown in a laboratory causes cancer in humans.

Lead Stories rating: False (Since the report doesn’t even consider lab-grown meat, it can’t prove it’s carcinogenic when eaten by people because the two products are not the same things. Describing the company’s report as a “study” suggests it has been subjected to the independent peer-review and professional editing process of scientific publishing, which is not the case.)

Fact Check: Report Does NOT Prove ‘Bill Gates’ Lab-Grown Meat Causes Cancer In Humans’

Newspunch Rating

FALSE Claim by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: What does Gov. Ron DeSantis not know about black history and the black experience when he says that slavery and the aftermath of slavery should not be taught to Florida schoolchildren?

The Dispatch rating: False (Ron DeSantis is not opposed to teaching about slavery in schools, and Andrea Mitchell issued a correction to her statement: “A postscript, in my interview last Friday with Vice President Harris, I was imprecise in summarizing Gov. DeSantis’ position about teaching slavery in schools. Gov. DeSantis is not opposed to teaching the fact of slavery in schools. But he has opposed the teaching of an African American studies curriculum as well as the use of some authors and source materials that historians and teachers say makes it all but impossible for students to understand the broader historical and political context behind slavery and its aftermath in the years since.”)

Fact Check: Did Ron DeSantis Ban Teaching About Slavery In Florida Public Schools?

MSNBC Rating

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Was Trump Water Given to East Palestine Residents 13 Years Old?

Newsweek rating: False (The oldest it could possibly be according to archived pages of Trump’s merchandise website is 7 years old. It is unclear exactly how old the water delivered to East Palestine is, but Trump Spring Water continues to be used at the former president’s hotels, restaurants, and golf courses.)

Fact Check: Was Trump Water Given to East Palestine Residents 13 Years Old?

Claim via Social Media: In Ukraine, 2,458 NATO soldiers and 234 NATO military trainers have died, some of whom are from the U.S.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (No NATO or US troops are in Ukraine and hence zero have died.)

NATO and U.S. troops and trainers have not died in Ukraine war

(International: Ukraine): Photo shows Joe Biden eating an ice cream in Kyiv, Ukraine.

BOOM FactCheck rating: False (Fake)

Joe Biden Enjoying An Ice Cream In Ukraine? Morphed Photo Goes Viral | BOOM

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