The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/28/2023

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 Scott Adams (Dilbert): People not vaccinated against COVID-19 “came out the best.”

Politifact rating: False (Data has consistently shown that unvaccinated people are at greater risk than vaccinated people of getting infected by COVID-19 and dying from it. COVID-19 vaccines have a strong safety record and infection alone provides only limited protection.)

No, ‘Dilbert’ creator is wrong about unvaccinated, they face more risk of COVID-19 infection, death

Claim via Social media: Chemtrails, HAARP used to create droughts, floods, blizzards and hurricanes.

USA Today rating: False (Typical crackpottery)

Fact check: False claim ‘chemtrails’ and HAARP are used to manipulate the weather

Claim by Project Veritas: Does Project Veritas video show Pfizer is mutating COVID?

Newsweek rating: Unverified (In the Project Veritas video, the interviewee, who is quoted as a Pfizer employee, says there are ongoing discussions about engineering “mutations” of COVID so that preemptive vaccines, for variants that may occur in nature, could be developed. However, the discussions are spoken about in theoretical terms. Until Project Veritas releases proof or a full transcript, there is no evidence to support the claim.)

Fact Check: Does Project Veritas Video Show Pfizer Is Mutating COVID?

Project Veritas Rating

FALSE Claim by Steve Milloy (Heartland Institute): “NOAA makes it official. Last 8 years… global cooling.” rating: False (NOAA says the opposite: “The planet continued its warming trend in 2022,” the agency’s press release said, “with last year ranking as the sixth-warmest year on record since 1880.”)

Viral Tweet Misrepresents NOAA Report on Rising Global Temperature

Heartland Institute Rating

Claim by Scientists warn that eggs are causing thousands of people to “suddenly” form blood clots.

Lead Stories rating: False (Made up story)

Fact Check: Scientists Did NOT Warn Eggs Are Causing Thousands Of People To ‘Suddenly’ Form Blood Clots

News Punch Rating

FALSE (International: Malaysia): Malaysia mandating second Covid booster ahead of Chinese tourist influx.

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Posts falsely claim Malaysia mandates second Covid booster as China tourist influx expected

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