The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/30/2023

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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Claim by Retired Nurse John Campbell: EuroMOMO data shows excess deaths in people aged 0 to 14; excess deaths in Europe cannot be explained by COVID-19.

Health Feedback rating: Misleading (The EuroMOMO bulletin published on the second week of 2023 clarified that the system didn’t actually detect excess deaths in people aged 0 to 14, despite Campbell’s claim to the contrary.)

Studies indicate that COVID-19 vaccination doesn’t increase risk of death, despite misleading video on Europe excess death by John Campbell

Claim via Social Media: Aborted fetal cells are in artificial flavors added to food products people eat.

Lead Stories rating: False (Not In Food)

Fact Check: Aborted Fetal Cells NOT Used In Artificial Flavors In Food

MISLEADING Claim via Social Media: The amount the U.S. has spent in Ukraine is “double the U.S. expenditure for its own war in Afghanistan.”

Politifact rating: False (Congress has approved about $111 billion in aid to Ukraine since the country was invaded by Russia in February 2022. During a 20-year entanglement in Afghanistan, the U.S. spent between $825 billion and $2.3 trillion, depending on the source of the estimate and what’s being included.)

U.S. spending in Afghanistan dwarfs aid to Ukraine


Claim via Social Media: More than 1500 athletes have suffered cardiac arrest since COVID vaccinations began, compared to a previous average of 29 per year.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The claim is based on a list that attributes deaths to cardiac arrest even when another cause is known, such as cancer or car accidents.)

Pelé’s death linked to vaccine in ‘ridiculous’ COVID claim

FALSE Claim via Social Media: The Transportation Security Administration spent “a couple hundred million dollars” on gender-neutral screening technology.

Politifact rating: False (The Transportation Security Administration spent $18.6 million on gender-neutral screening technology, not “hundreds of millions,” as a video claimed.)

Claim vastly overstates government’s spending on TSA’s gender-neutral screening technology

FALSE (International: Philippines): President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. used his family’s wealth to fund government activities.

Rappler rating: False

FACT CHECK: Marcos didn’t use family wealth for gov’t activities

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