The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/17/2022

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

With Midterms coming up in November, we will be publishing as many politician facts checks as we can find.

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FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Premature babies are at a much higher risk of injury from immunizations than full-term babies.”

Politifact rating: False (Vaccines are safe for both premature and full-term infants. Premature and underweight infants are at a higher risk of developing complications from vaccine-preventable diseases if their vaccinations are delayed.)

Instagram post misrepresents findings of infant vaccination studies

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Photo: CBC News reported that Trudeau said, “Climate Change” is to blame for rise in threats toward Politicians

Check Your Fact rating: False (The headline in this image is digitally fabricated. A spokesperson for CBC denied the legitimacy of the image.)

FACT CHECK: Did Justin Trudeau Blame Resentment Toward Politicians On Climate Change?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Coloradans will pay 54 cents more per gallon of gas starting in 2023.

USA Today rating: False (The IRS said the current federal fuel tax rate of 18.4 cents per gallon is in effect until 2028, and a statewide road usage fee going into effect in April will increase the cost of gas by 2 cents per gallon.)

Fact check: False claim that Coloradans will see a 54-cent gas increase starting in January

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral Image: Barron Trump has been KICKED OUT of School due non-tuition payment.

Lead Stories rating: False (There have been no credible reports that Barron Trump has been kicked out of school, the private Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida.)

Fact Check: Barron Trump Was NOT Kicked Out Of School — False Clickbait Title Does NOT Match Video Content

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Trace amounts of mRNA COVID vaccine found in breast milk the first two days after vaccination make it unsafe for babies.

Lead Stories rating: False (There’s no evidence to suggest breastfeeding after COVID mRNA vaccination should be avoided. Breastfeeding after COVID-19 mRNA vaccination is safe.)

Fact Check: Breastfeeding NOT Unsafe For Babies First 2 Days After Vaccination Despite Traces Of MRNA Found In Breast Milk

FALSE (International: Australia): There has been no increase in the rate of sea level rise.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Sea levels have risen more than 20cm since 1880 and the rate is accelerating.)

Post deeply wrong about rate of rising sea levels

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