The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/28/2022

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 John Stockton: “There’s 150 I believe now – it’s over 100 professional athletes dead, professional athletes, the prime of their life, dropping dead that are vaccinated, right on the pitch, right on the field, right on the court.”

Politifact rating: False (Stockton’s claim is not backed up by any scientific evidence. There have been no reports linking the COVID-19 vaccines to heart issues in athletes and sports cardiologists said they haven’t seen athletes collapse after getting vaccinated against the virus.)

John Stockton’s claim that ‘hundreds’ of athletes are abruptly dying from COVID-19 vaccines is bogus

FALSE Claim via Social Media: A picture shows official “Trump 2024” flags being sewn in China with the slogan, “Save America Again!”

Snopes rating: False (Miscaptioned, they are not being made for Trump or anyone officially affiliated with him.)

Does Photo Show Official ‘Trump 2024’ Flags Made in China?

TRUE Claim by Joni Ernst (R): In Iowa, “since we have put a number of the voting laws into place over the last several years — voter ID is one of those — we’ve actually seen voter participation increase, even in off-election years.”

Politifact rating: True (The numbers are straightforward, supporting Ernst’s claim.)

Numbers back Joni Ernst claim of record Iowa voter turnout

FALSE Claims by Dr. Robert Malone on The Joe Rogan Experience: the COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and ineffective; “natural immunity is superior to the vaccine induced immunity”; vaccine-induced spike protein is dangerous, causes serious side effects; “Omicron is a mild variant. It is absolutely able to escape prior vaccination”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Covid-19 conspiracies that are not supported by evidence.)

Robert Malone made multiple misleading or unsubstantiated claims about COVID-19 and vaccines on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast

The Joe Rogan Experience Rating

FALSE Claim by Ron DeSantis (R): “Without a shred of clinical data to support its decision, the Biden Administration has revoked the emergency use authorization for lifesaving monoclonal antibody treatments.” rating: False ( There is clinical evidence they do not work against Omicron. The manufacturers of both antibody drugs in question — Eli Lilly and the biotech company Regeneron — said they agreed with the FDA and found the decision appropriate.)

DeSantis Misleads on Omicron-Resistant COVID-19 Antibody Treatments

(International: Philippines): Kris Aquino died after her health deteriorated into a critical condition.

VERA Files rating: Fake (Still alive)

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Kris Aquino is ALIVE – Vera Files

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