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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/11/2021

Each day 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. 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

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Sen. Ron Johnson (R): “By the way, standard gargle, mouthwash, has been proven to kill the coronavirus. If you get it, you may reduce viral replication.”

FactCheck.org rating: Mostly False (There is little evidence to support his claim)

Researchers Studying Whether Mouthwashes Can Reduce Viral Load, COVID-19 Transmission

FALSE Claim via Social Media: The CEO of BioNTech has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

USA Today rating: False (CEO was vaccinated)

Fact check: BioNTech CEO has been vaccinated against COVID-19

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Amy Klobuchar (D): “Over time there have been 160-some carve-outs to the filibuster.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Klobuchar cited independent research that documents roughly that many exceptions, including well-known examples like court and cabinet nominee confirmations and budget reconciliation.)

How unusual would it be to create a filibuster carve-out for voting rights?

FALSE Claim by Gateway Pundit: “antibodies that people produce against the coronavirus spike protein may lead to myocarditis.”

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (The claim is based on a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article. However, the NEJM article doesn’t support the claim)

Unsupported claim about COVID-19 vaccines, anti-spike antibodies, and myocarditis misrepresented conclusions from a New England Journal of Medicine article

Gateway Pundit Rating

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “The toxicity of COVID-Omicron is 5 times higher than that of the delta variant, and the mortality rate is also higher than that of Delta.”

Politifact rating: False (Experts say early indications are that the omicron variant might result in milder illness, but they also caution that more information is still needed.)

Omicron is still being studied, but data in viral Facebook post is wrong

FALSE (International: Canada): Nova Scotia put AEDs in schools because of Covid-19 vaccine side effects.

AFP Fact Check rating: False (efforts to make the life-saving devices accessible in public buildings, including schools, have been ongoing for more than a decade.)

Nova Scotia defibrillator purchases falsely tied to Covid-19 pandemic

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