The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/17/2022

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. 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: If you have “natural immunity,” getting vaccinated against COVID-19 “is more likely to harm you severely.”

Politifact rating: False (People who have been infected and vaccinated are better protected than people who were never infected.)

No, getting the COVID-19 vaccine after you’ve been infected with the virus isn’t more likely to harm

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Site Selling Discounted Stamps Is Official United States Postal Service.

Lead Stories rating: False (Imposters)

Fact Check: This Site Selling Discounted Stamps Is NOT Official US Postal Service

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social media: Ocasio-Cortez tweeted she got COVID-19 because of climate change, racism.

USA Today rating: False (Altered)

Fact check: AOC did not tweet about COVID-19 and dating

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Ralph Northam (D): “We’ve brought in more than $81 billion in economic investment, more than four times any previous administration.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced agreements for an estimated $81.4 billion in economic development projects during his term. That’s at least four times more than any of his six predecessors.)

Northam’s economic development claim largely holds up

FALSE Claim via Social media: Washington board will vote on using police to enforce child vaccine mandate

USA Today rating: False

Fact check: Washington health meeting agenda misrepresented online

FALSE (International: Iran): Claim by Iranian Foreign Ministry: “Following the air crash, relevant organizations in the Islamic Republic of Iran declared the main cause of the accident and fulfilled their responsibilities and duties with accuracy, transparency and speed.”

POLYGRAPH.info rating: False

Two Years After Downing Ukrainian Jet, Iran Whitewashes ‘Air Crash’

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