The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/16/2023

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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

Claim by Vivek Ramaswamy (R): “We don’t have an Iron Dome in this country, yet, we’re vulnerable to nuclear missile attacks any given day.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (The Iron Dome is designed to combat threats such as those faced by Israel, a small nation hemmed in by enemies. Because the U.S. is larger and doesn’t have the same threats from its direct neighbors, the technology is less useful here.)

The US may not have an Iron Dome, but the military is spending on this technology. Here’s how.

Claim by Viral Video: The Las Vegas Sphere displayed the Israeli flag.

Check Your Fact rating: False (Photoshopped)

FACT CHECK: No, The Israeli Flag Was Not Displayed On Las Vegas Sphere

MISLEADING Claim via Social Media: A meme that reads “FLU SHOT INGREDIENTS” lists many substances including “antifreeze,” “cow muscle tissue” and “monkey kidney cells.” rating: Misleading (The meme suggestively lists more than two dozen substances it claims are in flu vaccines. But most are not present — and the ones that are aren’t dangerous.)

Flu Vaccine Ingredients Are Safe, Contrary to a Misleading Meme

UNPROVEN Claim by Nancy Mace (R): Steve Scalise has ties to white supremacists.

The Dispatch rating: Unproven (A 2014 story saying he spoke at a EURO convention cannot be verified.)

Unproven Claims That Steve Scalise Has Ties to White Supremacists Resurface

Claim by Donald Trump (R): “The same people that raided Israel are pouring into our once beautiful USA, through our TOTALLY OPEN SOUTHERN BORDER, at Record Numbers.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (Terrorism experts say there is no proof that Hamas militants have been “pouring” across the U.S. southern border, and the Department of Homeland Security said there’s no intelligence to back up the claim.)

Hamas militants ‘pouring’ across U.S. southern border? Donald Trump’s claim is Pants on Fire!

FALSE (International: Israel): Video shows Palestinian fighters parachuting in Israeli territory.

BOOM Fact Check rating: False

Video From Egypt Falsely Viral As Hamas Fighters Parachuting In Israel | BOOM

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