The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 04/19/2023

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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FALSE Claim via Social Media: The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a contract for COVID-19 research in Ukraine months before the virus was known.

PolitiFact rating: False (This claim is inaccurate. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a U.S. Defense Department arm that works to deter attacks and emerging threats, in November 2019 awarded a contract for non-COVID-19 training support in Ukraine, the agency said.)

No, Defense Department didn’t award COVID-19 contract in Ukraine before virus emerged

Claim via Social Media: Fox News touted a new sandwich from Popeyes rather than cover a mass shooting in Louisville, Kentucky

The Dispatch rating: False (Digitally altered)

Fact Check: Did Fox News Cover a New Chicken Sandwich Instead of the Louisville Shooting?

Claim via Social Media: The “[e]stimated human cost” of the COVID-19 vaccines is 26.6 million injuries, 1.36 million disabilities and “300k excess deaths.” rating: False (No Evidence)

No Evidence Excess Deaths Linked to Vaccines, Contrary to Claims Online

Claim via Social Media: purports beer company Budweiser lost $800 million in one day

Check Your Fact rating: False (The claim stems from a satirical website. There is no evidence supporting the claim. Further, after a 2 point drop in stock price it has rebounded to near their 52-Week high.)

FACT CHECK: Did Budweiser Lose $800 Million In One Day?

TRUE Claim by Paul Ryan (R): “WOW county swing suburban voters (in Wisconsin) don’t vote for Donald Trump.”

Politifact rating: True (Political polling and elections experts say that while Trump has made gains in rural parts of the state, his support in Wisconsin’s WOW (Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington, all in suburban Milwaukee area) has declined.)

Yes, it’s true, support for Trump in Wisconsin’s WOW counties has declined

FALSE (International: New Zealand): New Zealand’s minimum wage for immigrants is $29.66 but only $22.70 for NZ residents.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The $29.66 figure applies to only one type of working visa. Regardless, it is unlawful to vary pay based on national origin.)

Immigrant versus Kiwi minimum wage claim doesn’t fly

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