The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 04/20/2023

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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 by Dan Bongino: “It appears the White House used this special access request … stunt to get this Mar-a-Lago raid.” rating: False (There’s no evidence the White House aided or had prior knowledge of the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago in August 2022.)

FBI Access Request Is Not Evidence White House ‘Lied’ About Not Being ‘Involved’ in ‘Mar-a-Lago Raid’

Dan Bongino Rating

TRUE Claim by Media Matters: In a weekly email newsletter to his constituents, Rep. Paul Goser, R-Ariz., promoted a Holocaust-denying website that has published pieces sympathetic to Adolf Hitler.

Snopes rating: True (Rep. Gosar links to an article by Veteran’s Today, a known conspiracy and antisemitic website.)

Did Rep. Paul Gosar Promote Holocaust-Denying Website in Email to Constituents?

Media Matters Rating

Claim by Viral image: Elon Musk is offering people the opportunity to make $1 million “in 90 days while sleeping in.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Fake)

Don’t be fooled; Elon Musk isn’t linked to this get-rich-quick scheme

Claim via Social media: CO2 doesn’t harm the environment because it is involved in photosynthesis.

USA Today rating: False (Carbon dioxide is used in photosynthesis, but plants and other natural processes can absorb only about half of the CO2 emitted yearly. The excess CO2 contributes to global warming.)

Fact check: Plants cannot absorb all the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere

Claim by Kamala Harris (D): “One in 5 Americans has lost a family member to gun violence.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Harris’ statistic comes from a Kaiser Family Foundation survey conducted in March. The poll found that 19% of U.S. adults have a family member who was killed by a gun, including by suicide. However, other studies with different measures come in lower.)

Poll data backs Kamala Harris’ claim that 1 in 5 Americans have lost a family member to gun violence

FALSE (International: Philippines): A cutter vessel of the US Coast Guard fired at two Chinese ships for blocking an American vessel from entering the West Philippine Sea

VERA Files rating: False

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: US Coast Guard did NOT sink Chinese ships in West PH Sea

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