The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/19/2022

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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BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: A video shows Rep. Jim Jordan threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with “‘possible’ jail time.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, doesn’t threaten House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., with jail time in this video.)

No, this video doesn’t show Jim Jordan threatening Nancy Pelosi with jail

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Died Suddenly: American sports journalist Grant Wahl died from Covid-19 vaccination.

AFP Fact Check rating: False (an autopsy determined the acclaimed football writer died from a rupture to the main artery that carries blood away from the heart)

Grant Wahl died from aortic aneurysm, not vaccination, wife says

Died Suddenly Rating

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “They removed your ability to go buy firearms the day of election.”

Politifact rating: False (One of the three databases had technical problems on Election Day, causing the system to be unavailable for about an hour. The problem was then fixed.)

Firearm background check system had brief glitch, not intentional shutdown, as claim implies

FALSE Claim by Valentin Bruttel: German Scientist ‘Proved’ COVID Was Made in Lab.

Newsweek rating: False (Scientific consensus is that there is very little evidence to suggest that Sars-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 disease, was man-made or created in a lab.)

Fact Check: Did German Scientist ‘Prove’ COVID Was Made in a Lab?

FALSE Claim by Viral image: “Disney pushes ‘We love Satan’ in new family Christmas movie.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Elves accidentally misspell the word “Santa” as “Satan” in the new Disney+ show “The Santa Clauses,” but shriek when they realize their mistake and quickly correct it. )

No, Disney isn’t promoting Satan in ‘The Santa Clauses’

FALSE (International: Australia): Camps were created for the unvaccinated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Camps were not created or used to house the unvaccinated.)

Unvaccinated camps are a COVID conspiracy

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