The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/12/2023

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 via Social Media: Dr. Dre’s attorney sent U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a cease-and-desist letter over the use of one of his recordings in a tweeted video.

Snopes rating: True

Yes, Dr. Dre Sent Marjorie Taylor Greene a Cease-and-Desist Letter Over Use of Song

FALSE Claim by Dr. Robert Malone: COVID-19 vaccines “provide zero benefit relative to risk for the young and healthy.”

Politifact rating: False (Robert Malone is a known purveyor of Covid disinformation. Younger people face less of a health threat from COVID-19, but vaccines reduce their chances of developing serious disease from the virus.

Young and healthy people get benefits and low risk from COVID-19 vaccine, despite claims to contrary

Claim via Social media: Video shows Russian nuclear submarine ‘suddenly floating’ near Hawaii.

USA Today rating: False (The video is a five-minute clip from an episode of “Hawaii Five-0,” specifically Episode 25 of Season 8, “Waiho Wale Kahiko.”)

Fact check: False claim video shows Russian submarine off the coast of Hawaii

FALSE Claim by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other U.S. lawmakers: The IRS is hiring 87,000 new agents to audit the middle-class. rating: False (the IRS isn’t hiring 87,000 new agents to audit the middle-class. The majority of IRS hires would fill positions of people leaving the agency over the next decade. That includes staff across departments, not just auditors.)

IRS isn’t hiring 87,000 agents tasked with middle-class audits |

TRUE Claim by Melissa Agard (D): “Historically, our spring elections (including for state Supreme Court) have a smaller turnout associated with them.”

PolitiFact rating: True (Wisconsin Election Commission data shows that since 2000, turnout in partisan elections — that is, the fall cycle — has ranged from 44% to 73% of adults. In nonpartisan elections, which occur in spring, turnout has ranged from nearly 12% to 34%.)

How small is the turnout for Wisconsin spring elections?

FALSE (International: Australia): Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton is not a real doctor.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Professor Sutton completed a medical degree in 1993 and is a registered medical practitioner.)

Victorian health chief conspiracy doctors the truth

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