The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 04/15/2022 (Pseudoscience Edition)

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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

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FALSE Claim by One America News: Suggests ivermectin is an effective treatment for COVID-19.

Politifact rating: False (A recently published large clinical trial found that ivermectin did not decrease either hospitalizations or prolonged emergency room stays among COVID-19 patients.)

Scientific evidence does not support ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19

OANN Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Charlotte Gerson: “Toothpaste is poisonous”; “fluoride is a neurotoxin” and doesn’t prevent tooth decay.

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Contrary to the claim, fluoride is effective at preventing tooth decay. It isn’t neurotoxic and the amount of Fluoride in toothpaste is safe.)

Fluoride in toothpaste effectively prevents tooth decay; it isn’t neurotoxic, contrary to online claims

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: The COVID-19 vaccines contain “HIV lipid wrappers.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (None of the approved COVID-19 vaccines contain any HIV material.)

No, the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ‘HIV lipid wrappers’

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by rumble.com: COVID-19 IS not A Virus And Is Snake Venom Being Used To poison People and Turn Them Into Satanic Hybrids.

Lead Stories rating: False (This confirms that Rumble really has no limits in what they allow posted on their service.)

Fact Check: COVID-19 IS A Virus, NOT Snake Venom Being Used To Poison, Turn People Into Satanic Hybrids

Rumble Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Gilbert Gottfried died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Politifact rating: False (Gilbert Gottfried died from a heart problem caused by an inherited muscular dystrophy disease. He didn’t die from the COVID-19 vaccine. )

Gilbert Gottfried didn’t die from the COVID-19 vaccine

FALSE (International: Japan): No child under the age of two is vaccinated in Japan.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Japanese children are vaccinated from two months and the country has consistently high inoculation rates.)

Facts the best medicine for error-strewn Japanese vaccine meme

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