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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/21/2022

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

Claim by Tucker Carlson: “We are still not sure exactly what” the “great replacement theory” is.

PolitiFact rating: False (Feigned ignorance as Carlson mentions theory often)

Tucker Carlson feigned ignorance over ‘great replacement theory,’ despite talking about it often

Claim via Social Media: Students In Wilkes identify themselves as cats or furries.

Lead Stories rating: False (please)

Fact Check: Students In North Carolina NOT Identifying As ‘Furries,’ Asking For Litter Boxes In School Restrooms

FALSE Claim by U.S. Rep Jody Hice (R): Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger used “$50 million of Zuckerberg money” in 2020 to “tip the scales.”

PolitiFact rating: False (In 2020, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative gave $65 million to the Center for Election Innovation & Research to distribute grants for states to provide nonpartisan voter outreach. Georgia received $5.6 million, making it one of 23 states, including those led by Republican and Democratic officials, to get funding.)

In Georgia race, election denier distorts Brad Raffensperger’s use of a Zuckerberg grant

Claim by Viral Image: purportedly shows a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk announcing his intention to purchase Dominion Voting Systems.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The tweet is digitally fabricated. There is no record of Musk making such a statement.)

FACT CHECK: Did Elon Musk Tweet That He Plans To Buy Dominion Voting Systems?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Plan B contraceptive pills have been banned through new abortion legislation in Tennessee and Missouri. rating: False (Still Legal)

Plan B Pills Still Legal in Tennessee and Missouri, Contrary to Social Media Claims

FALSE (International: Australia): $35 billion in renewable energy projects have been rolled out in Australia in the past three years.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (In the past three years, $24.8 billion has been invested in renewable energy projects, industry analysts say. Annual spending has been declining since 2018.)

Treasurer exaggerates scale of renewable energy boom

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