The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 08/24/2022

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

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FALSE Claim via Social Media: “96% of U.S. climate data is corrupted.”

PolitiFact rating: False (There is widespread consensus that average temperatures are rising both in the U.S. and globally. Although not all temperature stations are stationed in areas with ideal research conditions, experts said those that aren’t are maintained in order to provide a consistent historical record of temperature changes over time. The data is also evaluated and adjusted for potential biases.)

Fact-checking a talking point about ‘corrupted’ climate change data

Claim via Social Media: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a net worth of $29 million

USA Today rating: False (has assets less than 100K.)

Fact check: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has assets of less than $100,000

FALSE Claim via KUSI News: “67% of the deaths are from the vaccinated”; “67% of your COVID deaths that you’re creating are from your virus that you’re putting within these people”

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect (The claim that COVID-19 vaccines can cause the disease is baseless as they don’t contain a fully functional SARS-CoV-2 virus. The four COVID-19 vaccines distributed in the U.S. only contain a fragment of it: the spike protein or the genetic information to produce it.)

Unvaccinated people are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 in San Diego county; vaccines don’t cause COVID-19, contrary to claim by Shaun Frederikson

KUSI News Rating

FALSE Claim by entrepreneur Steve Kirsch: Governments around the world kill 12 million people by giving them COVID shots.

Lead Stories rating: False (The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have only identified “nine deaths causally associated with … COVID-19 vaccination.” All of them involved people who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID shot.)

Fact Check: COVID Shots Given By Governments Did NOT Kill 12M People Worldwide

Claim by Viral image: “Tulsi Gabbard Venmos Nancy Pelosi $600.01 forcing the IRS to audit Pelosi’s finances.”

PolitiFact rating: False (This originated on a self-described satire site.)

No, Tulsi Gabbard didn’t send Pelosi $600.01 via Venmo

FALSE (International: Canada): CBC reported that Justin Trudeau’s youngest son came out as transgender

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Fake CBC story about Justin Trudeau’s son spreads online

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