The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/14/2023

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 Citizens Against Government Waste: A bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders would “increase government control” of pharmacy benefit managers and is a “radical health care takeover.”

Politifact Rating: Mostly False (The bill would introduce new regulations on pharmacy benefit managers. It is not a takeover.)

TV ad targeting U.S. Sen. Ted Budd misleads North Carolinians about health bill

Claim by Alex Jones: “Moderna and Pfizer shots have a bovine protein in them that then creates an autoimmune response in those that take the shot so that many of them can no longer eat beef”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Neither of the case reports cited in the video had anything to do with meat allergy developing in people who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. One report was about shingles in a person who received a COVID-19 booster dose, while the other was about an allergic reaction following receipt of the shingles vaccine.)

Why Alex Jones’ claim on Infowars that COVID-19 vaccines cause meat allergy is baseless

Alex Jones Rating

Claim via Social Media: Megan Rapinoe has been released from the U.S. Olympic team.

Check Your Fact rating: False (This claim is inaccurate. It originates from a satirical website.)

FACT CHECK: No, Megan Rapinoe Has Not Been Released From The U.S. Olympic Team After World Cup ‘Blunder’

Claim by Ron DeSantis (R): “Illinois is now letting illegal aliens become police officers.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (DeSantis is repeating a claim that has already been fact-checked and is not accurate.)

Illinois law expanding police eligibility to some immigrants is narrower than critics say

Ron DeSantis Rating

Claim via Social Media: The majority of AIDS patients died from medication developed when Dr. Anthony Fauci led the nation’s response to the emerging epidemic, not from the virus itself.

AP News rating: False (While it’s true that Fauci had been a leading researcher when AIDS emerged in the 1980s, the claims that azidothymidine, commonly known as AZT, killed more people than the virus itself are baseless.)

AIDS medication didn’t kill more people than the virus itself

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by Rishi Sunak: The government is ensuring that the only way to come to the UK for asylum will be through safe and legal routes.

Full Fact rating: False (There are currently no visa routes available for the purposes of travelling to the UK to claim asylum, and it is not possible to apply for asylum in the UK without being physically present here. The UK does operate some safe and legal routes for the purpose of providing humanitarian and other forms of protection to vulnerable people, but these do not involve being granted asylum by the UK.)

Current safe and legal routes to the UK do not involve applying for asylum – Full Fact

Rishi Sunak Rating

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