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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/26/2022

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 Rick Scott (R): Claimed that he had not suggested increasing federal income taxes on “over half of Americans” in his 11-point plan.

FactCheck.org rating: False (Yes, he did.)

Rick Scott Proposed ‘All Americans’ Should Pay Income Tax, Then Denied That He Did

FALSE Claim via Social Media: CDC data show mass vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine has had no measurable impact on COVID-19 mortality in the United States

Lead Stories rating: False (It Is Measured and shows significant improvement in mortality for the vaccinated.)

Fact Check: CDC Data DO Show Measurable Impact Of Mass Vaccinations On COVID-19 Mortality In US

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Federal Reserve is owned by a small group of banking families.

AFP Fact Check rating: False (The federal reserve is not owned by anyone. The claim above is a long-standing conspiracy theory.)

US Federal Reserve is not a privately held ‘cartel’

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Wisconsin State Republicans: Gov. Tony Evers has “only gotten one-third of the money meant for COVID relief out the door. He is sitting on $930 million in ARPA funds left unspent. In fact, he still has CARES Act money from two years ago.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (A document from the state auditor from early January shows Democratic Gov. Evers had about $930 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding still to spend, as well as a small share of CARES Act money.)

Senate Republicans mostly right on amount of ARPA, CARES money Evers has gotten out the door

TRUE Claim: Did former U.S. President Donald Trump call Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stated Ukraine strategy “savvy” and “genius.”

Snopes.com rating: True

Yes, Trump Called Putin’s Ukraine Strategy ‘Savvy’ and ‘Genius’

BLATANT
LIE
(International: Russia): Claim by Vladimir Putin: “In accordance with Article 51 of Part 7 of the U.N. Charter … I have decided to conduct a special military operation. Its purpose is to protect people who have been subjected to scorn and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False

Putin’s False Claim of Self-Defense While Starting a War on Ukraine

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