The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/05/2022

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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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UNPROVEN Claim by Tucker Carlson: “Germany’s Ministry of Health found that 1 in 5,000 Germans have suffered ‘serious side effects after a COVID-19 vaccine.'” rating: Distorts the Facts (VAERS is not reliable, and neither is Tucker Carlson.)

Misrepresentation of Germany’s Data on Unverified COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

Tucker Carlson Rating

Claim by Suspicious 0bservers: Scientists have neglected the effect of solar particles, cosmic rays, the interplanetary magnetic field and Earth’s weakening magnetic field to conclude climate change is due to human activity.

Climate Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Scientists have established that human activities are responsible for the climate change observed over the last several decades and ruled out the possible influence of the sun or Earth’s magnetic field.)

The sun isn’t responsible for current climate change, contrary to claims in Suspicious0bservers YouTube video

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “The emissions generated by watching 30 minutes of Netflix is the same as driving almost 4 miles.”

Politifact rating: False (A better estimate of carbon emissions suggests driving 4 miles is equivalent to streaming about 45 hours of Netflix.)

No, watching 30 minutes of Netflix does not release the same amount of CO2 as driving four miles

Claim by Post: claims former President Donald Trump said he would abolish the IRS if re-elected

Check Your Fact rating: False (probably a popular idea, but alas, it is satire.)

FACT CHECK: Did Trump Say He Will Abolish The IRS If Re-elected?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “‘Monkeypox’ is only circulating in countries where the Pfizer vaccine has been distributed and is being used to advance a Technocratic Great Reset.”

Politifact rating: False (“The Great Reset” is an unsubstantiated and widely debunked conspiracy theory, which holds that a group of elites are using the coronavirus to reorder societies and economies around the world in the hopes of creating a global totalitarian regime. Monkeypox cases have been reported in countries that aren’t distributing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The monkeypox outbreak isn’t an attempt to hide cases of Pfizer “COVID-19 vaccine-induced shingles.” There’s no credible evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines cause shingles.)

There’s no evidence the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is connected to the monkeypox outbreak

FALSE (International: New Zealand): New Zealand has passed the world’s most extreme abortion legislation, allowing abortions on demand until birth.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (New Zealand only allows for abortions after 20 weeks if a medical practitioner believes it is appropriate, in line with several other jurisdictions.)

NZ does not have the world’s most extreme abortion laws

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