The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/23/2023

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Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience/Other

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Claim by Joe Biden (D): “We cut Black child poverty in half in 2021 because of the child tax credit.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Poverty among Black children in the United States dropped nearly half from 2020 to 2021, following the expansion of the child tax credit, according to U.S. Census Bureau supplemental poverty measure data. Data provided by the White House put the drop a little higher, at 52% from 2020 to 2021; it also sourced its information to the U.S. Census Bureau supplemental poverty measure.)

Biden says expanded child tax credit sharply cut poverty for Black children; data shows he’s right

Claim by Joel Wallach: “Alzheimer’s disease did not occur 40 years ago”; cholesterol-lowering drugs and diets cause Alzheimer’s

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect (Contrary to the claim, Alzheimer’s was first described in 1906, decades before the first cholesterol-lowering drugs were available. Large clinical trials show no evidence of memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s in people taking cholesterol-lowering drugs for many years.)

Clinical trials show no association between the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs and Alzheimer’s or memory loss

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Has Donald Trump’s Plane Been Impounded Over ‘Flight Risk?’

Newsweek rating: False (It is highly unlikely at this time that Trump’s personal Boeing 757 plane has been impounded, as no charges have yet been made against him and it appears still to be in his personal use.)

Fact Check: Has Donald Trump’s Plane Been Impounded Over ‘Flight Risk?’

Claim via Social Media: Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman is “brain dead” and he hasn’t been seen in public. rating: False (Fetterman has been shown working from the hospital in a March 6 tweet shared by his chief of staff.)

Fetterman Working on Legislation While in Hospital, Contrary to Social Media Claims

Claim via Social media: Bill Clinton paid Paula Jones $850,000 in ‘hush money’

USA Today rating: False (Multiple legal experts said Clinton’s $850,000 payment to Jones as part of a settlement agreement is not considered “hush money” since the facts of the case were already publicly known.)

Fact check: False claim Bill Clinton paid $850,000 in ‘hush money’

FALSE (International: India): Image shows supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan showing a gun at a rally.

BOOM FactCheck rating: False

Did Imran Khan’s Supporters Brandish Gun At PTI Rally? A Fact Check | BOOM

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