The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 11/16/2023

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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

FALSE Claim by Marianne Williamson (D): Looking at “American aid to other countries … the vast majority of it is military aid.”

PolitiFact rating: False (In 2022, military aid accounted for about 13% of overall U.S. foreign aid.)

US military aid isn’t the majority of foreign assistance, contrary to what Marianne Williamson said

Marianne Williamson Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Healthy Holistic Living: A soup made of garlic, onions, thyme, and lemon can replace the flu shot and cure other illnesses such as the common cold and norovirus

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Scientific studies have established that the flu vaccine is safe and effective in people. The same cannot be said of the “natural” remedy promoted in the post, thus the claim that the soup is better than the flu shot isn’t in line with the scientific evidence.)

Social media post inaccurately claims natural remedy of garlic, onions, thyme, and lemon can replace the flu shot

Healthy Holistic Living Rating

TRUE Claim via Social Media: The American arts-and-crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby discontinued Hanukkah merchandise and did not offer products associated with the Jewish holiday in 2023.

Snopes rating: True (Several seasonal product lines were discontinued prior to the 2022 holiday season, including Mardi Gras, Halloween and Hanukkah, all based on “customer interest,” “what sells well” and “the need to find additional space” in stores.)

Did Hobby Lobby Discontinue Hanukkah Merchandise?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social media: Rep. Tlaib was dragged out of an event for protesting in support of Hamas.

USA Today rating: False (Protesting Trump in 2016.)

Video shows Rashida Tlaib protesting Trump in 2016, not backing Hamas | Fact check

FALSE Claim by Robin Vos (R): “Kids who don’t even know what day it is or their colors can decide to permanently change themselves” through medical gender transition.

Politifact rating: False (Wisconsin gender care clinics follow professional guidelines that restrict gender transition care for prepubescent children.)

Wis. lawmaker’s claim claim that young children can receive gender transition treatment is false

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): London went from 86% white to 36% in ten years.

Full Fact rating: False (Census data shows that in 2021 53.8% of people in London identified as white, compared to 59.8% in 2011.)

London’s white population did not go from 86% to 36% in ten years – Full Fact

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