The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 07/23/2023 (Weekend Edition)

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Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience/Other

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FALSE Claim via Social Media: Two pipeline workers in the Chicago area were given fentanyl-laced water bottles.

Politifact rating: False (Officials in two Chicago suburbs said there have been no reports that this incident happened, and a Drug Enforcement Administration official in Chicago called the claims “urban legends” in a tweet.)

Pipeline workers poisoned by fentanyl-laced water? Company said it never happened.

TRUE Claim by Joe Biden (D): purports real wages are higher than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic

Check Your Fact rating: True (Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate Americans’ average hourly earnings seasonally adjusted over a 12-month percent change show a 0.7 percent change in February 2020, before the pandemic began, and a preliminary 1.2 percent change in June 2023.)

FACT CHECK: Are Real Wages Higher Than They Were Before The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Claim via Social Media: Public health experts discredited the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines got emergency use authorization.

Lead Stories rating: False (Ivermectin is Not Effective)

Fact Check: Public Health Experts Did NOT Discredit Ivermectin To Ensure COVID Vaccines Got Emergency Use Authorization

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by Vladimir Putin: “That’s why they are closing everywhere [what is] in fact our only information resource aimed at a Western audience — that’s Russia Today (RT). They are closing it everywhere, putting obstacles in the way. They are afraid of the truth.” rating: False

No, Mr. Putin, Europe Didn’t Ban RT for Telling the Truth

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