The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/07/2023

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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 Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D): Sen. Rick Scott “wants to … end Social Security and Medicare coverage.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Scott’s original plan wouldn’t have ended Social Security or Medicare outright, but would have made it possible for the programs to stop if Congress periodically voted against renewing them. After criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, Scott revised the plan about a year later to exclude the programs.)

Does Rick Scott want to ‘end’ Social Security? Florida Dem Mucarsel-Powell overstates old plan

Claim by John Campbell: With the new BA.2.86 variant, “We’re in a situation where vaccination, according to the CDC, increases the likelihood of infection”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (In a risk assessment published in August 2023, the CDC expressed concerns that BA.2.86 may be more likely to infect vaccinated individuals compared to previous variants. This communication was misrepresented in social media posts, which inaccurately claimed the CDC said vaccination made it more likely for people to be infected by BA.2.86.)

Posts misrepresent CDC risk assessment of new SARS-CoV-2 variant BA.2.86; COVID-19 vaccines don’t increase the risk of infection

Claim via Social media: KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut announced they will no longer accept cash.

USA Today rating: False (Still accept cash)

False claim several fast-food chains are going cashless | Fact check

FALSE Claim via Social media: President Joe Biden was “falling asleep” during a meeting with the Israeli president. rating: False (The full video shows Biden was consulting notecards and wasn’t asleep.)

Video Clip Misrepresents Biden’s Meeting with Israeli President

FALSE Claim via Social media: Ron DeSantis said he was a Navy SEAL.

USA Today rating: False (There is no record of DeSantis claiming to be a Navy SEAL. During the Aug. 23 Republican presidential debate, he said he “was assigned with” and “deployed to Iraq alongside” SEALs – not that he was one himself.)

No, DeSantis did not claim during GOP debate to be a SEAL | Fact check

FALSE (International: Belarus): A coup is underway in Belarus and a rogue general is trying to unite with NATO.

The Dispatch rating: False (Reports of organized political opposition and the overthrow of Lukashenko’s government are unfounded.)

Fact Checking Claims About a Coup in Belarus

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