The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/01/2023

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 via Social Media: “Face masks may raise risk of stillbirths, testicular dysfunction and cognitive decline, study warns.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (The “study” was an article that reviewed studies. It presented no evidence that masks caused serious health problems.)

Study does not show that COVID-19 mask wearing raises risk of stillbirths, other health problems

Claim via Social Media: “AOC: The Government Must Shut Down Unapproved News Agencies To Defeat Fascism”

The Dispatch rating: False (Originated as satire in the Babylon Bee and shared by the gullible.)

Fact Check: Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Recommend Shutting Down News Agencies To Oppose Fascism?

Claim via Social Media: Gov. Hochul wants “quarantine camps” and “imprisonment” if you’re suspected of having a disease.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (A rule that sparked a legal dispute does not call for quarantine camps.)

‘Quarantine camps’ takes NY public health rule too far

Claim via Social media: CDC admits sending deadly batches of COVID-19 vaccines to red states

USA Today rating: False (The CDC has not made such an admission, and no such thing happened. The article misrepresents data from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, a database where anyone can report what they think are vaccine side effects.)

Fact check: False claim CDC said red states got deadly vaccine batches

Claim via Social Media: Twitter owner Elon Musk offered the CEO job at his company to television host Tucker Carlson after he was fired from Fox News in April 2023.

Snopes rating: False (Labeled Satire)

No, Elon Musk Did Not Offer Tucker Carlson the Job of Twitter CEO

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by Noam Chomsky: Jeremy Corbyn won an enormous victory in 2017 – the biggest victory that Labour had won in generations.

PA Media rating: False (Whether you look at the number of parliamentary seats won by Labour in 2017 (262) or their share of the vote (40%), the Opposition party lost by a fair margin. While it is true that they performed better than in the 2015 election, when they won 30.4% of the vote and 232 seats, they still fell far short of the Conservative Party, which won far more seats (317) and the largest vote of any parliamentary party (42.3%).

The Conservative Party won the 2017 General Election

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