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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/27/2022

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 via Social Media: Russia is targeting U.S. biological weapons labs in Ukraine invasion.

Politifact rating: False (There are no U.S.-run biological weapons labs operating in Ukraine.)

There are no US-run biolabs in Ukraine, contrary to social media posts

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Image: Claims the FDA said Pfizer falsely misled them regarding the safety of its COVID-19 vaccine, adding that it was causing two deaths for every life it saved.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The FDA did not issue public statements to that effect. A similar comment was made during a September 2021 open public hearing session by a tech entrepreneur who is not affiliated with the agency.)

FACT CHECK: Did The FDA Accuse Pfizer Of Misrepresenting The Safety Of Its COVID-19 Vaccine?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa, Ontario were arrested and released “in the middle of nowhere” because the arrests were “illegal.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (More than 100 officially arrested and not released in the middle of nowhere.)

More than 100 Protesters Arrested in Ottawa, Despite Claims in Facebook Video

TRUE Claim: Russian state television has been airing and translating clips from Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show where he defends Putin.

Snopes.com rating: True (RT and others have been broadcasting his clips.)

Were Clips of Tucker Carlson Being Aired on Russian TV?

RT News Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Video Footage: allegedly shows an explosion at a Ukrainian power plant caused by a Russian airstrike.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The video shows a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin, China in 2015.)

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show An Explosion At A Power Plant In Ukraine?

BLATANT
LIE
(International: Russia): Claim by Vladimir Putin: Ethnic Russians face “genocide perpetrated by the Kyiv regime.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Despite multiple claims of a Ukrainian genocide against ethnic Russians, there is no evidence to support it.)

Vladimir Putin repeats false claim of genocide in Ukraine

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