The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/03/2023

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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Claim by Eric Adams (D): “Fifty-one percent of our taxes are paid by 2% of New Yorkers.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (The 2% of New York City tax filers with the highest incomes pay half of all of the city’s collections of personal income taxes. There is no data to show how much these rich New Yorkers pay in other taxes, such as real estate or sales taxes.)

Claim about wealthy residents and taxes in New York City needs context

Claim via viral image: U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene only has three toes on each foot.

Snopes rating: False (The photo is manipulated. There are photos of her feet that demonstrate she has five toes.)

Does Marjorie Taylor Greene Only Have 3 Toes on Each Foot?

Claim via Social Media: “BREAKING Trump preps Marines to stop presidential coup.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Donald Trump is no longer the U.S. military’s commander in chief.)

Donald Trump isn’t commander in chief anymore; he’s not preparing U.S. Marines to stop ‘coup’

TRUE Claim by Marjorie Taylor Greene (R): There are more than 1,700 train derailments per year in the US. rating: True (On average, there are more than 1,700 train derailments annually.)

Train derailments in U.S. average more than 1,700 per year

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Rifles “were involved in 297 deaths” in the U.S. in 2022 and “constipation killed 2,167.”

PolitiFact rating: False (The latest FBI count of people killed by rifles is 447, in 2021. The latest tally by the federal Centers for Disease Control of deaths caused by constipation is 207, in 2020.)

Nothing to back up claim that constipation killed seven times more people than rifles in US

FALSE (International: Poland): An image from Polish television shows Volodymyr Zelensky with a body double

AFP Fact Check rating: False (Bodyguard)

Footage shows Volodymyr Zelensky’s bodyguard, not body double

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