The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 11/02/2023

Media Bias Fact Check selects and publishes fact checks from around the world. We only utilize fact-checkers who 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

FALSE Claim by Rick Scott (R): Rainbow fentanyl is a threat to children on Halloween.

Politifact rating: False (Drug policy experts have repeatedly told news outlets that there have been no reports of fentanyl contaminating Halloween candy, and the risk of this happening is low.)

Rick Scott warns about fentanyl in Halloween candy, but experts say there’s no connection

Claim via Social Media: NFL Coach Robert Saleh wears a Lebanese flag in supports terrorist.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The claim is inaccurate. Saleh’s decal is part of the National Football League’s (NFL) Heritage program.)

FACT CHECK: Did A NFL Head Coach Wear A Lebanese Flag On His Sleeve In Support of Terrorist Groups?

MISLEADING Claim by Marty Makary: The U.S. government spread misinformation that vaccinated immunity was far greater than natural immunity, that masks were effective, that myocarditis was more common after the infection than the vaccine

Health Feedback rating: Misleading (The results of a Cochrane review evaluating the effectiveness of face masks in reducing the spread of respiratory infections were inconclusive due to the significant variability in the quality and design of the individual studies included. Contrary to the claim, multiple studies indicate that myocarditis is more frequent after a SARS-CoV-2 infection than after COVID-19 vaccination.)

Marty Makary relies on misleading and unsubstantiated claims to accuse U.S. government of spreading misinformation

FALSE Claim by Donald Trump (R): “We have thousands of essentially motion pictures of people stuffing the ballot boxes. Tens of thousands.”

PolitiFact rating: False (This lacks evidence.)

Fact-check: Trump’s ‘Meet the Press’ falsehoods about abortion, Jan. 6 security and bacon prices

Donald Trump Rating

Claim via Social Media: Trump had Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis impeached.

USA Today rating: False (Did not happen and he does not have the authority for such.)

DA who charged Trump in Georgia has not been impeached | Fact check

FALSE (International: Palestine): Footage proves Israelis are staging videos of Palestinians harming children

Check Your Fact rating: False (The video stems from a 2022 short film.)

FACT CHECK: Video Of Camera Crew Recording Injured Child Predates Israel-Hamas Conflict

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