The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/08/2023

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 Kamala Harris (D): “Some states have “tried to ban teaching Latino and Hispanic history.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (A 2010 Arizona law banned ethnic studies from being taught at public schools, but a federal court overturned it in 2017. The Texas State Board of Education in 2016 rejected a Mexican American studies textbook because it contained errors and racist content. )

Kamala Harris claim about states banning teaching Latino history relies on some flawed examples

Claim via Social Media: Kelsey Morand’s Family Said She Died ‘Shortly After Getting The Vaccine’

Lead Stories rating: False (Publicly available reliable sources do not mention any vaccination records and do not describe vaccination as a contributing factor in the girl’s death. The family said that the cause of death was a seizure followed by a brain injury.

Fact Check: NO Evidence Family Said J&J Executive’s Child ‘Died Suddenly’ After Getting A Vaccine

Claim by Dinesh D’Souza: Charges against Trump include potential for death penalty.

USA Today rating: False (Dinesh is making it up.)

False claim Trump punishment could include death penalty | Fact check

FALSE Claim via Social media: 83 senators voted to give NATO the power to send Americans to war

USA Today rating: False (The amendment rejected in the Senate would only have reaffirmed something that has always been the case: In the U.S., only Congress, and not NATO, has the power to declare war.)

No, 83 senators didn’t vote to give NATO the authority to send US to war | Fact check

FALSE Claim via Social Media: claims Mitt Romney has purportedly threatened to leave the Republican Party and join the Democrats

Check Your Fact rating: False (Romney’s 2023 Federal Election Commission (FEC) Statement of Candidacy form, filed on Apr. 11, lists his party as Republican. The Utah Republican Senator’s spokesperson denied the claim’s validity.)

FACT CHECK: Viral Post Falsely Claims Mitt Romney Has Threatened To Leave The Republican Party

FALSE (International: China): The Chinese Navy destroyed a United States Coast Guard Cutter vessel in the South China Sea, according to a Reuters report.

Rappler rating: False

FACT CHECK: Video of ‘destruction’ of US ship based on fake Reuters report

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