The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 06/02/2023

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 by Ron DeSantis (R): “There’s not been a single book banned in the state of Florida.”

PolitiFact rating: False (DeSantis said in a press statement in March that 23 school districts had removed 175 books. The American Library Association says a “ban” is the removal of a book based on a person or group’s objection.)

Ron DeSantis said that not ‘a single book’ was banned in Florida. Districts have removed dozens.

Ron DeSantis Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Dr. Pierre Kory: The “most vaccinated countries in the world” have the “worst-case fatality rates” for COVID-19 In addition, the vaccines failed to save lives.

Lead Stories rating: False (These claims are not supported by current scientific evidence. Numerous studies have shown that COVID vaccines have been effective in reducing severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by the virus. Vaccines have played a crucial role in saving lives and mitigating the impact of the pandemic worldwide.

Fact Check: ‘Most Vaccinated Countries’ For COVID Did NOT Have ‘Worst Case Fatality Rates’ — Vaccines Saved Millions Of Lives

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: An Arizona judge was “forced to overturn” an election and ruled “274,000 ballots must be thrown out.”

PolitiFact rating: False (On May 22, the day after the video was posted, a Maricopa County judge dismissed Lake’s lawsuit, ruling she had failed to prove her claim that election officials violated the law by not verifying signatures on mail ballots.)

Social media users shared incorrect prediction about election lawsuit resolution

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Is Nevada considering a bill that would award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote?

Gigafact rating: Yes (Both chambers of Nevada’s Legislature have voted to pass AJR6, a bill that would make Nevada the 17th state to sign onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the compact.)

Fact Brief : Is Nevada considering a bill that would award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Kari Lake (R): Video shows Maricopa County officials sabotaging voting machines.

USA Today rating: False (More made-up claim by Kari Lake – The video shows election workers inserting new memory cards into tabulation machines as part of standard procedures.)

Kari Lake spins new false claim of election sabotage in Maricopa County | Fact check

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by The Expose: “those who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with mRNA shots will lose 25 years of their life”

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect (The claim relies on the assumption that every dose of COVID-19 vaccine is associated with a 7% increase in all-cause mortality risks. However, this assumption itself is highly flawed, because the analysis that produced it is riddled with risks of bias.)

No evidence that COVID-19 vaccines reduces the life expectancy of vaccinated people; COVID-19 vaccines don’t increase mortality rate

The Expose Rating

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