The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/15/2023

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 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (D): “1989 is the year the [autism] epidemic began. It’s a red line. And 1989 was the year the vaccine schedule exploded. That doesn’t mean that’s a correlation. It does not mean causation, but it is something that should be looked at.” rating: Misleading (There is nothing special about 1989 in the frequency of autism. The increase has been relatively steady beginning in the 1970s and partly has to do with when there were prevalence studies in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.)

What RFK Jr. Gets Wrong About Autism

RFK Jr. Rating

Claim via Social Media: Blank COVID-19 vaccine safety inserts show there are no safety and effectiveness studies for these vaccines.

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (COVID-19 vaccines had to be tested in clinical trials to meet regulators’ standards for safety and effectiveness before they were authorized for use. Information regarding the vaccine ingredients, possible side effects, and contraindications were also made publicly available by regulators, albeit online. The claim that no such data exist is false.)

Video about blank COVID-19 vaccine insert falsely implies there are no safety data for COVID-19 vaccines

Claim via Social Media: Georgia Has 2.2 Million ‘Phantom Voters’ On Its Voter Rolls.

Lead Stories rating: False (No Evidence)

Fact Check: NO Evidence Georgia Has More Than 2 Million ‘Phantom Voters’ On Its Voter Rolls

Claim via Social Media: “Florida high schools are now removing Shakespeare, including the full text of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ to comply with Republicans’ new law restricting ‘sexual content.’” rating: Mostly False (Not all Florida high schools have removed “Romeo and Juliet” or other works by Shakespeare. The Florida Department of Education states that it in no way believes Shakespeare should be removed from Florida classrooms. In fact, eight works by Shakespeare are included in the sample text list within the (state) Standards for English Language Arts, including ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet.)

Post Distorts Florida School Policy on ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Claim via social media: Image shows traffic light melted by Texas’s extreme heat.

USA Today rating: False (The damage shown in the photo is not associated with a heat wave in Texas. Instead, it shows an old photo of an Italian traffic light that reportedly melted as the result of a vehicle fire.)

Photo shows melted traffic light in Italy, not extreme heat damage in Texas | Fact check

FALSE (International: India): Video shows former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in jail.

The Quint rating: False

Fact-Check | Video Shows Imran Khan in Jail? No, It Is Old and Altered!

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