The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/14/2023

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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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TRUE Claim via Social Media: A newly sworn-in U.S. House Republican majority in 2023 will vote on a bill that would abolish the IRS.

Snopes rating: True (The opportunity to vote on such a bill was part of a deal made between U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and 20 Republicans who had initially refused to give him their vote for speaker of the House in January 2022. But even if said bill were passed in the House, it would not be expected to pass the Senate, which is dominated by Democrats, or be signed by U.S. President Joe Biden, also a Democrat.)

Are House Republicans Planning To Vote on Abolishing the IRS?

FALSE Claim by Sean Hannity: “The White House is now attempting to ban all gas ovens and burners.”

Politifact rating: False (The Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency that regulates consumer goods, is seeking ideas for resolving the risks associated with gas stoves. The agency is authorized to ban a product if there is no other reasonable way to protect people from its dangers. But bans and regulations apply only to new products, not items already in people’s homes.)

The White House is not banning gas stoves and ovens

Sean Hannity Rating

Claim via Social Media: COVID-19 vaccines are causing excess deaths around the world; sudden adult death syndrome is new.

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (There’s no evidence supporting the claim that people vaccinated against COVID-19 are generally more likely to die compared to unvaccinated people. In fact, the evidence indicates otherwise. Sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) isn’t new. Reports of SADS date back to the 90s. The term is simply perceived as new by many people, likely because of a change in public awareness of the term.)

Evidence shows that COVID-19 vaccines don’t increase the risk of death, contrary to claim by financier Edward Dowd

TRUE Claim via Social Media and scientific studies: Studies have linked gas stoves to asthma in kids. rating: True (There have been studies linking gas stove use to childhood asthma.)

Gas stoves contributed to child asthma, studies say

Claim by Donald Trump (R): China “saw the Classified Documents” found by President Joe Biden’s lawyers in his old office. rating: No Evidence (There is no evidence that China directly funded the center that bears Biden’s name or that China reviewed the classified documents now under federal review.)

Classified Documents Found at Former Biden Office, Drawing Comparisons to Trump

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by Conservative Party member Andrew Bridgen: The mRNA Covid-19 vaccines are gene therapy.

Full Fact rating: False (Gene therapy involves making deliberate changes to a patient’s DNA to treat a genetic condition. While mRNA vaccines involve genetic material they don’t change the recipient’s DNA or enter the cell’s nucleus where the genome is.)

Andrew Bridgen wrong to call mRNA vaccines gene therapy – Full Fact

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