The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/18/2023

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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FALSE Claim by Alex Berenson, Florida Standard: A study showed a “weakened immune response in kids injected with Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot”; “The mRNA Covid jabs damage immune responses to other viruses in children”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (The study by Noé et al. sampled children’s blood after COVID-19 vaccination and found that the white blood cells produced fewer cytokines in response to pathogens in lab tests. However, this on its own doesn’t indicate that the children’s immunity was weakened, and the study’s authors refuted the claims to the contrary.)

Study didn’t show COVID-19 vaccines weaken children’s immune response, contrary to claim by Alex Berenson

Florida Standard Rating

Claim by Donald Trump (R): Former President Donald Trump claimed his favorability with Black voters went up “four and five times” since his mugshot was released. 

Check Your Fact rating: False (There are no polls that show such a significant increase in favorability since Trump’s mugshot was released.)


Donald Trump Rating

Claim via Social Media: “Congress say they will start printing 2024 ballot without Trump name in October 2023.”

PolitiFact rating: False (No)

No, Congress isn’t printing election ballots without Donald Trump’s name

Claim via Social Media: The Pentagon reported $2.3 trillion missing on September 10, 2001.

AFP Fact Check rating: False (Old conspiracy theory revisited)

9/11 anniversary prompts return of Pentagon conspiracy theory

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Everyone in the 2006 movie “Idiocracy” wears Crocs because they were cheap and the film’s producers thought they were too horrible-looking to ever become popular. rating: True

Everyone in ‘Idiocracy’ Wears Crocs Because They Were ‘Horrible’ and Cheap?

FALSE (International: Australia): Photos show the aftermath of hundreds of fish having fallen from the sky in a remote Australian town.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The photos are from a 2015 fish truck mishap in China.)

Images of outback ‘fishnado’ smell a bit funny

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