The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/18/2022

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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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BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: “Anyway. Cambridge Dictionary now says the word ‘WOMAN’ means ‘men”

Reuters Fact Check rating: False (The dictionary did not change its definition but added a further, additional meaning. It still begins “an adult female human being.”)

Fact Check-Cambridge Dictionary expanded, not replaced its definition of “woman”

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Donald Trump (R): The Trump administration “got 58 hostages released from various hostile countries without paying any money, or giving up anything.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (all of Trump’s hostage exchanges involved swapping something.)

Trump Swapped Prisoners, Too

TRUE Claim via Social Media: SEC makes Elon Musk clear his Tesla tweets before posting.

Newsweek rating: True (The restriction was part of a consent decree, agreed with the SEC in 2018, which had brought a securities charge against the Twitter CEO, alleging he had used Twitter to inflate the price of Tesla stock.)

Fact Check: Does SEC Make Elon Musk Clear His Tesla Tweets Before Posting?

FALSE Claim by Bernie Sanders (I): “We have 85 million Americans who have no health insurance.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (The government estimates it is 27 million)

Bernie Sanders Overstates Number of Americans Without Health Insurance

TRUE Claim: Dripping faucets during freezing weather can help prevent pipe bursts.

VERIFYThis.com rating: True (It is getting cold out there and dripping faucets can help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.)

Drip faucets in freezing weather to prevent pipe burst

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by the Expose: CDC Quietly Confirms 118K Children and Young Adults Died Suddenly Since COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout FDA EUA

Lead Stories rating: False (Unrelated Data)

Fact Check: CDC Did NOT ‘Quietly’ Confirm 118,000 Children, Young Adults ‘Died Suddenly’ From COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Expose Rating

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