The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/24/2023

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 Hakeem Jeffries (D): “(Donald) Trump ran up more debt than any other president in American history.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Former President Barack Obama accumulated more debt on his watch than Trump did. On a per-year basis, Trump oversaw a debt rate increase that was higher than Obama’s. 

Did Donald Trump rack up more debt than any other president?

Claim via Social Media: Target’s Pride collection features a bathing suit for kids that is labeled “tuck-friendly.”

AP News rating: False (The “tuck-friendly” swimsuits are only offered in adult sizes, according to a spokesperson for the company and Target’s website. Kids’ swimsuits in the collection do not feature this label.)

Target’s Pride collection features ‘tuck-friendly’ swimsuits for adults, not kids

Claim via Social Media: “Street lights are connected to mRNA.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (Give me a break.)

No, the numbers and letters on streetlights aren’t a secret code for mRNA vaccines

FALSE Claim via Social media: The abortion pill caused 28 maternal deaths and over 4,200 adverse events

USA Today rating: False (No evidence)

Claim falsely blames abortion pill for 28 deaths | Fact check

Claim via Social Media: BlackRock owns 59 million shares of Dominion Voting Systems and 45.7 million shares of Fox News. BlackRock sued itself and fired Tucker Carlson as part of the lawsuit.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (BlackRock, a large financial investment management company, owns shares of Fox Corp., but not Dominion Voting Systems. There is no evidence that Fox News and Carlson’s decision to “part ways” was connected to the $787.5 million defamation settlement Fox reached with Dominion Voting Systems in mid-April.

BlackRock, Fox and Tucker Carlson: Untangling a web of corporate ownership claims

FALSE (International: India): A video shows PM Modi being ignored by the leaders at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

The Quint rating: False

Was PM Modi Ignored At G7 Summit In Japan? No, The Video Is Clipped!

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