The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/11/2023

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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TRUE Claim by Fentrice Driskell (D): “$1 of every $3 (Ron DeSantis) spends comes from the federal government.”

Politifact rating: True (If Gov. Ron DeSantis’ budgetary recommendations pass the Legislature, about 34.5% — or $1 of every $3 — of Florida’s budget would come from the federal government. That percentage is consistent with the national average and would be the smallest share of the state’s budget since fiscal year 2018-19.)

Is $1 of every $3 Ron DeSantis spends from the federal government? Yes

Claim by Steve Kirsch: “Medicare data shows the COVID vaccines increase your risk of dying”

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (Steve Kirsch is an anti-vaccine activist who frequently promotes disinformation. The rise in deaths that appears in the graph showing the number of days elapsed before a person who received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine died can be explained by the healthy vaccinee effect, seasonality, and COVID-19. No reliable evidence is provided to establish that the rise is due to COVID-19 vaccination.)

Analysis of alleged Medicare data by Steve Kirsch is flawed and doesn’t show COVID-19 vaccines increase mortality rate

Claim via Social Media: Vladimir Putin “orders destruction of all COVID-19 vaccines in Russia.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (Originated as satire and shared by the gullible or delusional.)

No, Vladimir Putin didn’t order COVID-19 vaccines to be destroyed in Russia

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Was Nancy Pelosi’s Son-in-Law seen with QAnon shaman on Jan 6?

Newsweek rating: True (Yes, as a reporter and not a participant. Nancy Pelosi’s son-in-law, Michiel Vos, was at the Capitol on January 6, covering the event for a Dutch news program as a U.S. correspondent. The photo is not evidence of any type of plot between the Pelosis and the crowd on January 6.)

Fact Check: Was Nancy Pelosi’s son-in-law seen with QAnon Shaman on Jan 6?

Claim by Donald Trump (R): The 2020 election could not have been fair because “Los Angeles County agreed, during litigation, that there were 1.2 million ineligible voters after the election.”

PolitiFact rating: False (The county said that it removed about 1.2 million inactive people from its voter rolls after the 2022 election because they had not voted in recent elections, including the 2020 election. There is no evidence that the presence of inactive voters led to an unfair or fraudulent election.)

In swipe at Fox News, Trump misleads about Los Angeles County election

FALSE (International: Turkey): Multiple countries, including the U.S., U.K., and France pulled their ambassadors out of Turkey 24 hours before the Feb. 6 earthquake

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: Did Multiple Countries Pull Their Ambassadors Out Of Turkey 24 Hours Before The Feb. 6 Earthquake?

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