The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/11/2023

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 via Social Media: Three North Carolina healthcare systems are diagnosing toddlers with gender dysphoria and “transitioning” them.

AP News rating: False (Dangerous disinformation from crackpots.)

North Carolina hospitals: We are not ‘transitioning’ toddlers

Claim by Gavin Newsom (D): Texas Gov. Greg Abbott “cut $211 million in mental health funding.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (In April 2022, Abbott wrote a letter telling six agencies it was taking money from their budgets and putting it toward the state’s border operations. That included taking $210.7 million from the Health and Human Services Commission, which provides mental health services. News reports showed that state officials used federal COVID-19 dollars through the federal CARES Act to replace those state funds.)

Gavin Newsom misleads in claim that Texas “cut” mental health funds, omits that money was restocked

Claim via Social Media: The U.S. will have an ‘open border’ when Title 42 ends.

KREM rating: False (The U.S. will not have an ‘open border’ when Title 42 ends.)

Title 42 end doesn’t open U.S. border. Here’s what changes |

Claim by Marc Short (R): “This year, there have been 13,000 deaths by gun violence. The vast majority, 95% of them, are in inner cities, where you have some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Looking only at gun homicides, urban centers do account for a disproportionate share of gun deaths. However, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data suggests that the percentage is 45%, and a paper by a gun-friendly researcher cited by Short’s office put it at 73%. Strict gun control laws in cities are largely rendered moot when they are located in a state with more permissive gun laws, or else in close proximity to states with looser gun laws.)

Is 95% of gun violence occurring in ‘inner cities’? No

Claim via Social Media: Old photos surface showing Trump with teen girls and Epstein.

Lead Stories rating: False (AI generated)

Fact Check: Trump, Epstein Photos With ‘Underage’ Women NOT Authentic — They’re AI Generated

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): BBC ‘admits’ Covid vaccines caused excess deaths in 2022

AFP Fact Check rating: False (BBC did not report this and excess deaths were caused by Covid-19 and not vaccines.)

BBC report did not say Covid jabs were to blame for UK excess deaths

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