The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/11/2023

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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

Fact Checker bias rating Codes: Red = Right-Leaning, Green = Least Biased, Blue = Left-Leaning, Black = Unrated by MBFC

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Claim by Charlie Kirk: Douglass Mackey was convicted “because he made a meme in the 2016 election.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (The conviction was linked to memes he shared online before the 2016 presidential election that encouraged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s supporters to “vote” by text message or social media, which are not legal ways to cast a vote.)

Florida man’s ‘memes’ were part of 2016 voter suppression effort

Charlie Kirk Rating

Claim via Social media: A Michigan bill would make using a person’s wrong gender pronouns a felony.

USA Today rating: False (The bill would have no effect on a person’s First Amendment right to free speech, lawmakers from both parties and legal experts say. The bill language does not include the word “pronoun.” What it would criminalize is conduct, specifically intimidation.)

No, Michigan bill won’t criminalize use of wrong pronouns | Fact check

Claim by Steve Kirsch: VAERS data COVID vaccines are killing an estimated 1 person per 1000 doses.

Lead Stories rating: False (The claim originated in a blog post by a known COVID misinformation spreader who used VAERS data in ways that medical experts have explicitly advised against. Adverse vaccine reactions are not listed as a categorical cause of death by health officials.)

Fact Check: VAERS Data Is NOT ‘Crystal Clear’ Proof That COVID-19 Vaccines Are Killing ‘1 Person Per 1,000 Doses’

FALSE Claim by Donald Trump (R): “They are trying to make it illegal to question the results of a bad election.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Trump was indicted for his actions, not for questioning the election.)

Trump says DOJ is trying to criminalize asking questions. That’s not what indictment says.

Donald Trump Rating

Claim by Viral Image: A photo shows Elon Musk with his mother and a black maid.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The photo is not of Musk.)

FACT CHECK: No, Viral Photo Does Not Show Elon Musk Sitting With His Mom And A Black Domestic Worker

FALSE (International: Russia): Russian President Vladimir Putin banned 5G cellular technology and destroyed existing 5G towers across Russia over concerns about the technology’s safety.

Snopes rating: False (Originated as Satire and shared by conspiracy theorists.)

Did Putin Ban 5G in Russia Due to Health Concerns?

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