The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/20/2022

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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TRUE Claim by Ro Khanna (D): The U.S. “trade deficit with China has gone from about $80 billion a year in the 1990s to $400 billion a year.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (The United States imports much more in goods and services from China than it exports. Its annual trade deficit with China has risen from $67 billion in 1999 to being on track for about $400 billion in 2022.)

US trade deficit with China now $400 billion per year, much higher than in the 1990s

Claim via Social media: COVID-19 PCR tests are human cloning technology.

USA Today rating: False (really???)

Fact check: No link between COVID-19 PCR tests, human cloning

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Kari Lake’s lawsuit “exposes Arizona used no signature verification.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Maricopa officials disputed the allegations in her lawsuit. Lake’s complaint echoed allegations from the 2020 presidential election. A judge rejected a 2020 lawsuit that alleged Maricopa improperly verified signatures.)

Kari Lake’s lawsuit does not show Arizona failed to verify signatures on mail ballots

FALSE Claim by various sheriff’s departments nationwide: Brief exposure to fentanyl can cause an overdose. rating: False (medical experts say brief fentanyl exposure can’t cause an overdose.)

Brief exposure to fentanyl can’t cause an overdose, experts say

FALSE Claim via Social Media: There were zero influenza cases worldwide in 2021 because flu cases were recorded as COVID-19.

Lead Stories rating: False (2021 had Cases)

Fact Check: 2021 Was NOT A Year With No Flu Cases Worldwide

FALSE (International: Germany): Claim by COVID-19 vaccine rollouts increased “sudden deaths” in Germany by four times.

Lead Stories rating: False (Unfounded)

Fact Check: COVID Shots Have NOT Increased ‘Sudden Deaths’ By 4 Times In Germany

Gateway Pundit Rating

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