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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/12/2022

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 InfoWars, Thomas Massie (R), Tucker Carlson: The USA funds Bioweapons labs in Ukraine.

The Dispatch rating: False (The United States does not own or control any “biolabs” in Ukraine and any funding from the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program under the Cooperative Threat Reduction program (also known as the Nunn-Lugar program)  serves to invest in the the security of the facilities and help ensure that skilled scientists work on useful projects and not poached to help WMD programs in rogue nations.)

Fact Check: No, There Are No U.S.-Funded Bioweapons Labs in Ukraine

InfoWars Rating, Tucker Carlson Rating

Claim by Joe Biden (D): The oil industry has “9,000 permits to drill now. They could be drilling right now, yesterday, last week, last year.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (At the end of 2021, there were about 9,000 approved permits to drill on federal and Indian lands. Those permits included those issued under Biden and those still active from Trump’s administration.) 

Fact-checking Biden’s claim that there are 9,000 unused oil drilling permits

FALSE Claim by Viral Rumor: Russian President Vladimir Putin quietly dispatched nuclear bomber aircraft to Venezuela during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Check Your Fact rating: False (Russia sent two such planes to Venezuela in 2018, before the current war.)

FACT CHECK: Did Russia Recently Deploy Nuclear Bombers To America’s ‘Backyard’?

FALSE Claim by Val Demings (R): “Marco Rubio is following his party bosses, like Rick Scott, with his plan to raise taxes on Florida’s working families, retirees and veterans.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Rick Scott released a plan that indicates support for raising income taxes on millions of Americans, but there is no evidence that Marco Rubio backs such tax hikes.)

No proof for Val Demings claim that Marco Rubio backs tax hikes like those indicated in Scott’s plan

Claim by Joseph Mercola and Epoch Times: “COVID Deaths Have Been Vastly Overcounted”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (It has been vastly undercounted.)

Claim that COVID-19 deaths have been “vastly overcounted” is baseless; the evidence suggests the opposite

Mercola Rating, Epoch Times Rating

FALSE (International: Russia): Claim by Russian officials: “Russia is not a threat to any country.” rating: False (I suppose that would be true if you consider invading another country 3 weeks ago as not threatening.)

Oh, How They Lied. The Many Times Russia Denied Ukraine Invasion Plans

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