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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 06/16/2022

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 Karine Jean-Pierre (D): When Joe Biden “walked into this administration … 20 million people were on unemployment insurance benefits.”

PolitiFact rating: False (By his inauguration, fewer than 5 million Americans were collecting continuing unemployment insurance, or just a quarter of what Jean-Pierre said.)

White House gets it wrong on unemployment level when Joe Biden took office

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Candace Owens: COVID-19 vaccination is associated with the sudden death of young adults

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (Candace Owens has zero knowledge or expertise rendering an opinion on vaccines. There’s no scientific evidence supporting the claim that COVID-19 vaccination has caused sudden deaths in young adults.)

SADS is caused by genetic mutations affecting the electrical system regulating heartbeat; no evidence it is caused by COVID-19 vaccines

UNPROVEN Claim via Social Media: You are six times more like to be killed by a doctor than a gun in America.

Lead Stories rating: Unproven (Needs Analysis as there is not enough data.)

Fact Check: Thousands Of Americans DO Die Each Year Of Medical Errors But It’s Unclear Whether Doctors Kill More People Than Guns

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: The official pride flag was altered to include Ukrainian colors.

PolitiFact rating: False (No)

No, the Ukrainian colors were not added to an official pride flag

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Biden once said he ‘never believed’ more gun control or federal registration would reduce crime

USA Today rating: True (Biden made the remark during a 1985 session of the Senate that included debate over the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, but since then he has advocated for gun control measures including assault weapon bans and expanded background checks.)

Fact check: Biden once said he ‘never believed’ gun control, federal registration would reduce crime

FALSE (International: Australia): Scott Morrison will get a prime minister pension worth $300,000 per year.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The parliamentary pension scheme was closed to new MPs in 2004. Mr Morrison is not eligible as he was elected in 2007.)

Hanson’s $300,000 PM pension claim way off the money

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