The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/24/2023

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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FALSE Claim by Kevin McCarthy (R): Government officials “could have come and taken” classified documents stored at Donald Trump’s private club and residence in Florida “any time they wanted.” rating: False (A Trump lawyer refused to allow them to review — let alone take — dozens of boxes from the Trump White House that were being kept in a storage area. That incident was one of several factors that ultimately led the Department of Justice to obtain a court-approved search warrant on Aug. 5 to “raid President Trump” after many months of stonewalling.)

McCarthy Distorts Facts About DOJ Search of Mar-a-Lago

Claim via Social Media: “EXCLUSIVE: Bill Gates has also pulled out of the WEF23 meeting in Davos, wonder why?”

Reuters Fact Check rating: False (He was never scheduled to attend.)

Fact Check-Bill Gates did not pull out of the 2023 WEF summit

FALSE Claim via Mike Adams (Natural News): Inhaling hydrogen peroxide kills respiratory tract pathogens.

Health Feedback rating: Misleading (Inhaling hydrogen peroxide is dangerous, leading to respiratory irritation and potentially more serious health conditions like lung complications and pneumonitis. Hydrogen peroxide’s antimicrobial activity should be exclusively used on inanimate surfaces and objects since it cannot distinguish between pathogens and human tissue.)

Inhaling hydrogen peroxide to counter pathogens is dangerous

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Americans who worked through the pandemic are being paid up to $26,000 by qualifying for the Employee Retention Credit.”

Politifact rating: False (It is a tax credit for employers only. For 2020, the maximum employee retention credit was $5,000 per employee and for 2021, the maximum amount was $21,000 per employee.)

Workers aren’t being paid up to $26,000 because of a COVID-19-related tax credit, as claim suggests

FALSE Claim by retired nurse John Campbell: The incidence of the heart conditions myocarditis and pericarditis increased nearly eightfold in the English town of Swindon after the introduction of the COVID vaccine.

Lead Stories rating: False (The numbers, which were released through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, were initially misreported by the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust due to an Excel spreadsheet “formula error.” The corrected numbers were a small fraction of what was originally reported.)

Fact Check: Myocarditis, Pericarditis Did NOT Increase Nearly Eightfold In Swindon, England, After COVID Shots Began

FALSE (International: Philippines): The Philippine coconut industry is as big as that of rice.

VERA Files rating: False

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Sen. Cynthia Villar falsely claims PH coconut industry is ‘as big’ as rice

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