The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/19/2023

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 Rep. Jim Jordan (R): Dr. Anthony Fauci pressured virologists to change their minds on the origin of COVID-19 in exchange for a $9 million grant. rating: False (There is no evidence to support this claim.)

No Evidence Scientists Received Grant for Changing Opinion on Pandemic Origins, Contrary to Claims

Claim via Social media: Military reported 500% increase in HIV cases since COVID-19 vaccine rollout

USA Today rating: False (According to a Department of Defense spokesperson. Statistics show the average number of new HIV cases per year didn’t spike after the vaccine rollout. The tally actually dropped significantly in 2022.)

Fact check: False claim that COVID-19 vaccine caused HIV increase

Claim via Social Media: “We’re just burning 300 gallons of jet fuel to de-ice this clean energy wind turbine … that needs 80 gallons of synthetic oil to operate.”

Politifact rating: False (Hot Water)

Meme uses faulty math to claim that it takes 300 gallons of jet fuel to de-ice wind turbines

Claim via Social Media: Did Hallie Biden delete tweets saying Trump won 2020 election?

Newsweek rating: False (Hallie Biden did not tweet the messages in the screenshot on Twitter. The tweets were sent from a now-suspended account. A representative for Hallie Biden has confirmed previously that she did not have a Twitter account.)

Fact Check: Did Hallie Biden Delete Tweets Saying Trump Won 2020 Election?

Claim via Social Media: “Chickens aren’t laying eggs because RNA is being added to commercial chicken feed.”

PolitiFact rating: False (RNA is a naturally occurring nucleic acid present in all living cells. There is no evidence that a synthetic version of it is being added to commercial chicken feed. Aside from a current outbreak of avian flu affecting U.S. poultry populations, reasons behind sudden drops in egg production more generally may include management mistakes, improper chicken nutrition, parasite infection, disease and stress, poultry science experts said.)

Is RNA making chickens lay fewer eggs? No, improper nutrition, disease are likelier to blame

FALSE (International: Russia): Russia has ordered the destruction of all COVID-19 vaccine stockpiles. rating: False (Russia developed a COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, in 2020. President Vladimir Putin has said he received three doses of the vaccine, and the government continues to urge Russians to get vaccinated against the disease.)

Posts Spread Unfounded Claims About Russia’s Use of COVID-19 Vaccines

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