The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/16/2021

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. 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: Heart complications are one symptom “listed” for the omicron variant and are being “used to cover up effects” of COVID-19 vaccines.

PolitiFact rating: False (Heart complications are not a “listed” symptom of omicron.)

Heart complications aren’t yet a ‘listed’ symptom of omicron variant

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Image: the image shows a 2014 tweet by astronaut Buzz Aldrin confessing that NASA’s Apollo mission to the moon were “staged.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (He did not tweet that)

FACT CHECK: No, Buzz Aldrin Did Not Tweet The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Was Faked

FALSE Claim by Lindsey Graham (R): “The CBO says (the Build Back Better Act) is $3 trillion of deficit spending.”

PolitiFact rating: False (As currently written, the Build Back Better bill would add about $158 billion to deficits over 10 years.)

Sen. Graham’s false claim about Build Back Better adding $3 trillion in deficits

HALF
TRUE
Claim via Social Media: George Clooney rejected a $35 million offer from an Israeli airline to appear in a commercial because “he doesn’t support the occupation state of ‘Israel.”

The Dispatch rating: Half True (He said he turned down a big payday, but he denies that the airline involved was from Israel.)

Did George Clooney Turn Down $35 Million to Do an Israeli Airline Commercial?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by infowars.com: Pfizer Vaccine Document Says Thousands Were Killed By Shot In First Month

Lead Stories rating: False (It does not say that.)

Fact Check: Pfizer Document Does NOT Say Thousands Were Killed By COVID-19 Shot In First Month

FALSE (International: New Zealand): Claim by RT: “New Zealand’s prime minister has given some Kiwis an early Christmas present as she announced that newly relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, based on a ‘traffic light system,’ allow for orgies of up to 25 people.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False

RT Falsely Claims New Zealand Legalizes ‘Orgies’ Amid COVID Measures

RT News Rating

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