The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/26/2023

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: Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome and “stroke season” didn’t exist before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Politifact rating: False (Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome and seasonal stroke risk concerns have been reported and studied for decades. They long predate the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, seasonal stroke risk concerns long predate the COVID-19 pandemic

Claim via Social Media: Andrew Tate Found Guilty And Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison…

Lead Stories rating: False (The internet influencer remained in detention as of January 26, 2023, but had not been tried, convicted or sentenced.)

Fact Check: Andrew Tate Has NOT Been Found Guilty And Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison As Of January 24, 2023

Claim by Donald Trump (R): Donald Trump claims the Penn Biden Center is “China-funded”

Newsweek rating: Unverified (The Center is paid for by the university, of which funding from donors makes a fraction of total contributions, and donations from China are an even smaller fraction of that. Currently, there is no public evidence that the Penn Biden Center is directly funded by donations from China to the University of Pennsylvania.)

Fact Check: Is Penn Biden Center “China-funded” as Donald Trump claims?

Claim by Glenn Youngkin (R): Virginia tax receipts “in just the last four years alone have grown 50%.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Virginia’s general fund tax receipts grew 45.2 % over the last four fiscal years, slightly lower than the 50% growth Gov. Glenn Youngkin has claimed.)

Youngkin is near the mark on tax growth claim

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Republicans overturned a ban on smoking in the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2023. rating: True (Under former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, the House did ban smoking in most areas of the Capitol in 2007. That ban’s removal in 2023 did not change any policy regarding smoking in a House member’s own office, as some press reports implied. There has never been a ban on smoking in a Representative’s own office.)

Did US House Republicans End a Capitol Hill Smoking Ban?

FALSE (International: Germany): The German government claims that investigating COVID vaccines would be ‘dangerous for democracy.

Lead Stories rating: False (The German government did not say this.)

Fact Check: German Government Did NOT Claim Investigating COVID Vaccines Would Be ‘Dangerous For Democracy’

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