The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/25/2023

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 via Social Media: CNN is Closing Its Headquarters in Atlanta.

Lead Stories rating: False (Moving HQ not closing)

Fact Check: CNN Is NOT Closing Its Headquarters In Atlanta — It’s Moving Within The City

Claim by The Expose: CDC confirmed 118,000 died suddenly since the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

USA Today rating: False (The CDC has not confirmed at least 118,000 people have died suddenly since 2020, and officials say that’s not an accurate description of what happened. While there have been over 100,000 excess deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say a majority of these deaths are related to COVID-19 infections. There is no evidence these deaths were “sudden” or linked to the COVID-19 vaccines.)

Fact check: Post wrongly links excess deaths with COVID-19 vaccines

The Expose Rating

FALSE Claim via viral video: A video shows wreckage of the recent plane crash in Nepal.

PolitiFact rating: False (This video shows a tour of a set from the 2005 movie, “War of the Worlds,” not wreckage from the Jan. 15, 2023, plane crash in Nepal.)

Video shows a tour of a ‘War of the Worlds’ movie set, not the scene of Nepal’s deadly plane crash

TRUE Claim via Social Media: While making a speech on reproductive rights on Jan. 22, 2023, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned “liberty” and “the pursuit of happiness” but did not mention “life” when referring to the rights we are endowed with in the Declaration of Independence. rating: True

Did Kamala Harris Omit Right to ‘Life’ When Referencing the Declaration of Independence?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Climate changed naturally in prehistoric eras; modern climate change is a naturally occurring phenomenon.

Climate Feedback rating: Flawed Reasoning (Climate change has occurred in the past without human influence. However, this does not indicate that non-human causes are driving modern warming, for which a consensus of scientific evidence shows that greenhouse gas emissions are responsible.)

Pre-human changes in climate do not negate contemporary human influence on modern warming, contrary to implication in popular Instagram post

FALSE (International: Ireland): Poster from Ireland shows ‘sudden death’ as side effect of COVID-19 vaccine

USA Today rating: False (Altered)

Fact check: Fabricated poster lists supposed COVID-19 side effects

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