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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/21/2022

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 via Social Media: “Blue Cross Blue Shield pays your doctor a $40,000 bonus for fully vaccinating at least 100 patients under the age of two.”

Politifact rating: False (Providers are paid for overall performance in a number of services in addition to vaccines. There is no quota)

No, Blue Cross Blue Shield physicians aren’t paid a bonus to meet a vaccine quota

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: The COVID-19 vaccine contains bacteria and HIV, prevents body from making new white blood cells.

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (None of the above)

No, COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain bacteria and HIV; the vaccines enhance the body’s ability to respond to pathogens, not reduce it

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Scott Fitzgerald (R): “Mask mandates on children lead to learning loss that harms early childhood development.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (The article cited as support was “not a study but an opinion paper.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, limited available data indicates “no clear evidence that masking impairs emotional or language development in children.”)

Lawmaker’s claim that mask mandates harm early childhood development falls short of scientific proof

NO
EVIDENCE
Claim via Social Media: Glyphosate Is Responsible For Celiac Disease And Gluten Intolerance.

Lead Stories rating: No Evidence

Fact Check: NO Evidence Glyphosate Is Responsible For Celiac Disease And Gluten Intolerance

TRUE Claim via Social Media: U-Haul ran out of moving equipment for Californians leaving the state.

Snopes.com rating: True (Out-migration from California has picked up, doubling since the beginning of pandemic, but most importantly, far fewer people have moved to California than in the past, per the California Policy Lab study.)

Yes, U-Haul Ran Out of Trucks for People Moving Out of California

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by Boris Johnson: We now have 420,000 more people in employment than there were before the pandemic began.

Full Fact rating: False (The total number of people in employment, including the self-employed, is 600,000 lower than before the pandemic began.)

PM misleads on employment figures, again – Full Fact

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