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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 12/25/2021

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

FALSE Claim by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D): “I represent more, or just as many or more, people than Joe Manchin does.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Census data shows that Manchin represents roughly 2.6 times the number of residents as Ocasio-Cortez does.)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrong about representing more constituents than Joe Manchin

Claim by Viral Image: An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a poster created by the World Health Organization that says, “We’re in this forever.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (created by an artist, not WHO)

FACT CHECK: Did The World Health Organization Create This Poster Stating ‘We’re In This Forever’?

Claim via Social Media: Hydroxychloroquine Does Decalcify The Pineal Gland.

Lead Stories rating: False (No Evidence)

Fact Check: NO Evidence That Hydroxychloroquine Decalcifies The Pineal Gland | Lead Stories

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Polar bears have increased 400% in 45 years; whales are nearly fully recovered; extinctions are down 90% past century. Koalas are doing fine. If we could ban wind turbines we could save 85,000 birds of prey/yr in US alone.”

Politifact rating: False (off on all accounts)

Fact-checking the state of endangered animals, extinctions

Claim by Western Journal: a “game-changing study” showed that “COVID vaccines [were] more dangerous than the virus itself”; “children aged 12 to 17 are more likely to be hospitalized for myocarditis than for COVID.”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Data indicate that the risk of myocarditis following vaccination is lower than following COVID-19.)

Contrary to Peter McCullough’s claim, getting vaccinated is safer than getting COVID-19, in spite of rare cases of myocarditis

Western Journal Rating

FALSE (International: Australia): People with “natural immunity” from COVID-19 due to prior infection cannot catch the virus again.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (Multiple studies using real-world data show those with prior infection can become reinfected with the virus.)

COVID ‘in the wild’ immunity claim needs to be tamed

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