The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 07/20/2023

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 RFK Jr.: “COVID-19 is targeted to attack Caucasians and Black people. The people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Most disparities in COVID-19 infection and mortality, as well as for other health problems, result from severe social, economic and health inequities. There is no evidence it was a deliberately engineered ethnic bioweapon designed to spare or target certain races or ethnicities.)

COVID-19 wasn’t targeted to spare Jewish and Chinese people, as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claimed

TRUE Claim by Ron DeSantis (R): purports Florida has awarded 11,000 teachers more than $33 million for completing civics training offered by the Florida Dept. of Education.

Check Your Fact rating: True (11,000 teachers have received $33 million for completing the training. A March release from the Florida Department of Education noted that 4,500 teachers had completed the training at the time.)

FACT CHECK: Has Florida Awarded 11,000 Teachers More Than $33 Million For Completing Civics Training?

Ron DeSantis Rating

FALSE Claim by David Harris Jr.: The U.S. Justice Department removed international child sex trafficking from its “list of offenses that deserve a high degree of attention.”

PolitiFact rating: False (The Justice Department deleted some verbiage on its website about child sex trafficking. The deleted content did not address the level of priority the department gives to fighting child sex trafficking.)

Justice Department web page revisions did not lower priority of fighting child sex trafficking

David Harris Rating

Claim via Social media: Video shows Hunter Biden on the day cocaine was discovered at White House.

USA Today rating: False (the video is from two days after)

Hunter Biden video captured two days after cocaine found in White House | Fact check

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “There is a huge boom in cancer, especially in female breast cancer in the younger ages of 45 and below.”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (The numbers published by the American Cancer Society aren’t comparable between 2022 and previous years, as they include different age groups. The figures don’t suggest that breast cancer cases have doubled in women under 45.)

Breast cancer cases haven’t doubled in U.S. women under 45, despite social media claims

FALSE (International: France): France has banned visas and passports of people from all 57 Muslim countries in the world except India.

The Quint rating: False

Has France Banned Passports and Visas of Citizens From Muslim Countries? No!

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