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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/06/2022

Each day 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

FALSE Claim by Donald Trump (R): Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!”

The Dispatch rating: False (The Vice President doesn’t have authority to unilaterally determine the outcome of presidential elections, or decide whether to count or reject particular slates of electoral votes.)

Fact Check: No, the Vice President Cannot Overturn an Election

Claim by Charlie Crist (D): Ron DeSantis let “millions of COVID-19 tests expire.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Crist’s statement leaves the impression that the tests were no longer usable. However, because the tests were stored safely, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed the tests to be used by March 2022.)

Charlie Crist overstates in claim about ‘millions’ of expired COVID-19 tests in Florida

FALSE Claim via Social Media: American taxpayer dollars provide “free housing, free medical, free state identification” to immigrants in the country illegally.

PolitiFact rating: False (Most immigrants living illegally in the country are not eligible for benefits from federal programs. A valid Social Security number is needed to receive most federal benefits. Immigrants in the country illegally are not issued Social Security numbers.)

Fact-checking claim about immigrants, eligibility for assistance programs

Claim by Johns Hopkins Does Confirm You Can Be Vaccinated With COVID PCR Test

Lead Stories rating: False (Johns Hopkins did not confirm that. Completely made up.)

Fact Check: Johns Hopkins Does NOT Confirm You Can Be Vaccinated With A COVID PCR Test

Claim: As of January and February 2022, Pfizer owned Neil Young’s song catalog or held sway over him and dictated his views on COVID-19 vaccination. rating: False (Phizer does not own Neil Young’s Catalog.)

No, Pfizer Does Not Own Neil Young’s Music Catalog

FALSE (International: South Africa): A post shared on Facebook claims all South African hospitals and clinics will offer free paternity tests starting June 2022.

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: Is South Africa Providing Free Paternity Tests Starting In June?

Disclaimer: We are providing links to fact checks by third-party fact-checkers. If you do not agree with a fact check, please directly contact the source of that fact check.

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