The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/23/2022

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 via Social Media: Large machinery is “required to move 500,000 pounds of earth in order to get the minerals needed for one single Tesla car battery.”

Politifact rating: False (Tesla obtains the lithium used in its car batteries from brine extraction and hard-rock mining. Only the latter involves traditional mining processes. The only way a truck hauling 500,000 pounds of earth would contain enough minerals for just a single car battery is if the ore’s lithium content was 0.1%. The ores from the hard-rock mine Tesla uses contain about 2.1% lithium, according to the mine.)

Instagram post misleads about lithium mining and Tesla cars

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: The HIV and AIDS viruses were manufactured by US medical researcher to use as a biological weapon.

Lead Stories rating: False (AIDS Hoax Crackpottery)

Fact Check: Doctor Did NOT Say On Video That He Manufactured AIDS As Bio Weapon — This Is A Soviet-Era Disinformation Hoax

MISLEADING Claim by Dan Bongino: Medical exemptions are unavailable even for people who “shouldn’t get the [COVID-19] vaccine”, including those with a history of blood clotting or an adverse reaction to a prior vaccine.

Health Feedback rating: Misleading (Medical exemptions to COVID-19 vaccines are available but only when there is a contraindication to vaccination. Blood clotting conditions and adverse reactions to prior vaccines aren’t contraindications. People with these conditions can still receive a COVID-19 vaccine.)

Medical exemptions to COVID-19 vaccines are granted for contraindications, not including history of blood clots or adverse reaction to prior vaccine

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: A video shows Jim Jordan saying the 2020 “election was stolen.”

PolitiFact rating: False (In this video, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, denies that he said the 2020 election was stolen.)

Video shows Jim Jordan denying he said the election was stolen

FALSE Claim by Elon Musk via Twitter Files 7: Government paid Twitter millions of dollars to censor info from the public

Lead Stories rating: False (The evidence provided shows the payments were reimbursement for costs associated with the company’s work responding to information requests from the FBI. Claims that the FBI was paying for content moderation are false.)

Fact Check: FBI Payments In ‘Twitter Files: Part 7’ Were NOT For Censoring — They Were For Providing Information

FALSE (International: Australia): Tissue from aborted babies can be sold to corporations to use in developing products.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The sale of human tissue, including fetal tissue, is illegal throughout Australia.)

Sale of body parts is ill-informed nonsense

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