The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 02/08/2023

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: Diamond and Silk pundit died from COVID-19.

Politifact rating: False (On Jan. 9, Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway’s death was announced. No cause of death was given. In the following weeks, Twitter users speculated that the 51-year-old died from COVID-19. Those rumors persisted even after Jan. 23, when The Associated Press reported that Hardaway’s death certificate made no mention of the virus.)

Unverified rumors swirl around ‘Diamond and Silk’ pundit’s death

Claim via Social Media: A new paper published in BMJ Medicine shows that the COVID vaccine causes five times more myocarditis than the COVID virus and 10 times more in young people.

Lead Stories rating: False (According to the study authors, it does not measure that.)

Fact Check: BMJ Paper Does NOT Show COVID Vaccine Causes 5x More Myocarditis Than Virus, 10X More In Youths

TRUE Claim via Social Media: Some GOP members of Congress were photographed wearing AR-15-shaped pins in February 2023. rating: True (On Feb. 1, 2023, at least two GOP members of Congress were photographed wearing an AR-15-shaped rifle pin: U.S.Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., and Rep. Ana Paulina Luna, R-Fla.)

Were GOP Members of Congress Photographed Wearing AR-15 Pins?

FALSE Claim by Jim Jordan (R): The House will be investigating “threats to the First Amendment,” like “the idea that the FBI was paying Twitter $3.4 million to help them suppress information.” rating: False (There is no evidence that the FBI paid Twitter to “censor” or “suppress” content on the social media platform, as several conservative figures and politicians have claimed or suggested since the email was made public in December.)

FBI Reimbursed Twitter for Providing User Information

TRUE Claim by Tim Young: The 2023 Grammy Awards were sponsored by Pfizer.

Newsweek rating: True (They were one of the sponsors.)

Fact Check: Were the Grammys sponsored by Pfizer?

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by Daily Express: The taxpayer is spending £7 million a day on hotel accommodation for people who cross the channel illegally.

Full Fact rating: False (Approximately £5.6 million a day is currently spent on providing hotel accommodation for asylum seekers. A further £1.2 million a day is spent on providing bridging accommodation for Afghan refugees.)

£7 million daily cost of hotel accommodation includes cost of housing Afghan refugees – Full Fact

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