The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/21/2023

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 by Morgan Luttrell (R): “Biden drained America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves to the lowest level since 1984.”

Politifact rating: True (The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve is at its lowest level since 1983, according to federal energy data.)

U.S. emergency oil reserve at lowest level since 1983

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: A study has found occupants of homes with gas stoves have a 47.3 percent increased risk of cardiovascular events.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The claim is based on a doctored tweet from a US news outlet. There is no evidence of any such study.)

Gas stove study tweet cooked up as heart health scare

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Roughly 25% of the nation’s debt was incurred during the Trump Administration.

Snopes.com rating: True (A bipartisan package of legislation, passed toward the end of the Trump administration to combat the coronavirus pandemic, added roughly 3.7 tillion to the national debt.)

Was Nearly 25% of the US National Debt Incurred During Trump Administration?

FALSE Claim by Newsmax, Tucker Carlson, and other conservative figures: Document shows that Hunter Biden paid Joe Biden $50,000 a month in rent.

PolitiFact rating: False (This is wrong. The figure in question — $49,910 — matches the quarterly rent for office space at House of Sweden, home to the Swedish and Icelandic embassies on K Street in Washington, D.C.)

Hunter Biden paid $50,000 in rent for office space in DC, not to his father to live at Delaware home

Newsmax Rating, Tucker Carlson Rating

NO
EVIDENCE
Claim by Julia Musto – Fox News: “Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 possibly more likely to infect those who are vaccinated, officials say”

Science Feedback rating: Lacks Context (The statement that the Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 was “possibly more likely” to infect vaccinated people was intended as a comparison of XBB.1.5 with other variants, not vaccinated people with unvaccinated people. There’s no evidence supporting the claim that vaccinated people are more vulnerable to infection by XBB.1.5. The evidence so far indicates that unvaccinated people are more likely to develop COVID-19 and die compared to vaccinated people.)

Tweet by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene misinterpreted; no evidence that XBB.1.5 preferentially infects vaccinated people

Fox News Rating

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): The triple vaccinated are the most likely to die.

Full Fact rating: False (Covid-19 vaccines aren’t 100% effective, so some vaccinated people do still sadly die of the disease. But figures show that deaths involving Covid have been consistently lower for people who have received booster vaccines.)

Covid-19 vaccines are not being used to treat strep A or scarlet fever – Full Fact

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