The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/21/2023

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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Claim by Tommy Tuberville (R): “Half the kids in this country, when they graduate, can’t read their diploma.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Data shows that as many as two-thirds of American high school graduates have underdeveloped reading skills, measured by common standards for their grade level. However, the people in this category are not so functionally illiterate that they cannot read a diploma.)

Most US high school grads read below standard. That doesn’t mean half can’t read their diplomas

Claim via Social Media: Feeding America is handing out 500 Walmart Food Stamps and Gift Cards to help US residents cope with rising prices.

Lead Stories rating: False (Phishing Scam)

Fact Check: Offers Of Walmart Gift Cards On Facebook Are NOT Associated With Feeding America Food Bank Network

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Inventor Maxwell Chikumbutso has developed a way to harvest energy from radio waves to power an electric car that never needs charging.

Lead Stories rating: No Evidence (there is no evidence of independent research to document if, or how, this green power technology works.)

Fact Check: Maxwell Chikumbutso’s ‘Self-Powered’ Electric Car Invention Is NOT Documented To Function As Claimed

Claim via Social media: ’15-minute cities’ are really ‘climate change lockdowns’

USA Today rating: False (The creator of the “15-minute cities” concept says the post misconstrues the nature of the plan, which aims to increase goods and services for residents. There’s no mention of lockdowns or confining residents to their communities on the “15-minute cities” website or in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.)

Fact check: False claim ‘15-minute cities’ plan will confine residents

Claim via Social Media: 18 million Americans have been left seriously injured by Covid-19 vaccinations.

Full Fact rating: False (An estimated 18 million Americans vaccinated against Covid-19 sought medical attention at some point after being vaccinated. That estimate is itself uncertain, and even if accurate, would not show that all those cases were caused by the vaccine.)

Claims 18 million Americans ‘seriously injured’ by Covid-19 vaccines are misleading – Full Fact

FALSE (International: Uganda): “USA gives final warning to Uganda to legalize homosexuality,” or no aid.

Politifact rating: False (The viral video clip is from 2014, not 2023. The U.S. did restrict aid to Uganda in 2014 over anti-LGBTQ legislation, but today the U.S. offers over $950 million dollars per year to the African nation.)

U.S is not threatening aid to Uganda over new anti-LGBTQ bill; this video clip is outdated

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