The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/12/2022

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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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FALSE Claim via Viral Image: Fluctuating vote count in Fox News coverage of the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff is evidence of voter fraud.

Politifact rating: False (Because of human error, The Associated Press briefly provided incorrect election results to news outlets in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff. It’s not evidence of election fraud.)

Fluctuating vote count on Fox News resulted from human error, not fraud in the Georgia runoff

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LIE
Claim via Social media: Planned Parenthood encouraged ‘white privilege’ donations

USA Today rating: False (The tweet was shared by a parody account, which has since been suspended. A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood confirmed the organization didn’t publish the tweet.)

Fact check: Parody account responsible for Planned Parenthood tweet

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Ryan Cole: Uptick in cancer in 2021 is linked to Covid-19 vaccination

AFP Fact Check rating: False (A doctor that routinely makes false claims regarding vaccines does not provide evidence to support his claim.)

US pathologist falsely claims Covid-19 vaccines causing cancer

TRUE Claim by Elise Stefanik (R): Proposed rule would limit milk for WIC participants.

Politifact rating: True (The changes call for reductions in the amount of milk provided to children and some women in the program, from up to 128% of the daily recommended amount to between 71 and 96%.)

Federal food program proposal calls for reductions in milk

MISLEADING Claim via Social Media: Vaccine effectiveness has fallen from 100% to 20%; the early reported vaccine effectiveness figures were lies.

Health Feedback rating: Misleading (The video didn’t make it clear that the vaccine effectiveness figures it presented pertain to different types of protection (e.g. infection vs. severe disease), different groups of people, different times post-vaccination, and different vaccines. All of these factors and more significantly affect the figures that were reported. The way that the headlines were presented creates a misleading impression that estimates for vaccine effectiveness have fallen from 100% to 20%.)

Contrary to viral Instagram videos, COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against severe disease

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by The Expose: Covid-19 vaccines are to blame for 1.1 million excess deaths in the US

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Covid-19 vaccination not responsible for excess deaths in US

The Expose Rating

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