The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/14/2022

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 by Viral image: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla resigned, saying mRNA vaccines are “not safe.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Albert Bourla remains Pfizer’s chief executive officer, the company said in a statement. We found no evidence that Bourla called mRNA technology unsafe. Rather, he recently touted the company’s efforts to tap that technology to create a flu-COVID-19 vaccine.)

Bourla is still Pfizer’s CEO, and he didn’t call mRNA technology unsafe

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Claim by the HighWire: Doctors and Pharmacists Solely Rely On Blank Page Recommendations To Administer COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines

Lead Stories rating: False (Info Available)

Fact Check: Pharmacists, Doctors Do NOT Rely Solely On Blank Page In COVID-19 Vaccine Package In Deciding Whether To Inoculate

The Highwire Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral image: “JAG charges Nancy Pelosi with treason and seditious conspiracy.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

No, the military didn’t charge Nancy Pelosi with treason and seditious conspiracy

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration agreed to an exchange that freed 5,000 Taliban prisoners.

Snopes rating: True (“The prisoner exchange was completed in early September 2020.”)

Did the Trump Admin Agree to Free 5,000 Taliban Prisoners?

FALSE Claim by Viral image: “Holiday heart syndrome” is a cover for deaths caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

PolitiFact rating: False (The phrase “holiday heart syndrome” was first coined in 1978. It’s not a cover for COVID-19 vaccine side effects.)

‘Holiday heart syndrome’ isn’t new, and it’s not a cover for COVID-19 vaccine side effects

FALSE (International: Australia): A graph proves humans are responsible for only around 3.5 percent of the increase in atmospheric CO2 from 1870 to 2020.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The author has mistaken the graph’s annual emissions figure for the cumulative total since 1870. Humans are responsible for 100 percent of the increase.)

Climate sceptic muddles his maths with emissions claim

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