The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/31/2023

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 William Barclay (R): “A proposal in Syracuse would pay gang members $100-$200 per week to stay out of trouble.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Syracuse’s mayor has introduced a proposal to pay people affiliated with gangs $100 to $200 a week as part of an effort to divert them from crime. The program would also include resources for mental health, education and career advancement. It hasn’t passed yet.)

Syracuse proposal would pay gang members to stay away from crime

Claim via Social Media: Donald Trump released statement calling DeSantis a Rino.

Check Your Fact rating: False (He didn’t)

FACT CHECK: Did Trump Release A Statement Calling DeSantis A ‘Rino?’

Claim by Ashey Beasley (D): “Gun violence is the number one killer of children and teens — it has overtaken cars.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (CDC data for 2021 shows that for people ages 1 to 19, firearm-related deaths ranked No. 1, followed by deaths from car accidents. That’s for the age range as a whole; it is not the leading cause of death for each age in that group.)

Gun violence surpasses car accidents as the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 19

Claim via Social media: Study says artificial sweetener caused ‘sudden deaths, heart attacks’

USA Today rating: False ( It concluded that “higher artificial sweetener consumption might be associated with increased risk of (cardiovascular diseases),” but it doesn’t suggest any link to a purported “spike in sudden deaths.” Two authors of the study refuted the claim, calling it a “misinterpretation of our study.”)

Fact check: False claim study links sweeteners to ‘sudden deaths’

Claim via viral image: Photo shows Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman has a body double.

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (This photo doesn’t show a body double for Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa. The photo that claims to show the “new” Fetterman was taken in May 2022.)

No, this photo doesn’t show a John Fetterman body double. Here’s why.

FALSE (International: Australia): COVID-19 vaccines don’t legally or medically qualify as vaccines because they don’t provide full immunity.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Medical professionals qualify vaccines by their ability to boost immunity — not produce full immunity.)

Vaccine definition claim is not immune from the truth

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1 Comment on "The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/31/2023"

  1. good job! Tq, nice to check it in my Bali tour


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