Facts Check

Fact or Fiction?

We have tried to find a resource to assist us in identifying and weeding out some of the “myth from truth”.

(note: please read with the understanding that information may not be deemed 100% accurate and is collected from 3rd party sources)

U.S. Oil Reserve Created for Supply Disruptions, Not Strictly Military Use

Quick Take The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve was set up as an emergency source of oil to keep supplies flowing in the event of unexpected disruptions. It’s not just designed “for when we get attacked ...
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Q&A on the Omicron Variant

On Nov. 24, South Africa told the World Health Organization that amid a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, it had identified a new variant — later named omicron — with a high number of mutations, ...
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Social Media Posts Misrepresent Old Biden Tweet on Travel Ban

SciCheck Digest President Joe Biden restricted travel from eight African nations on Nov. 26 to slow the spread of the omicron variant. Conservative commentators have misleadingly cited a Biden tweet from last year to claim ...
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Viral Post Misrepresents Facts in Rittenhouse Trial

Quick Take Kyle Rittenhouse said that he went to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to defend a car dealership during protests against police brutality in August 2020. He was not there to defend his grandparents’ gas station, as ...
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Media Allowed to Attend Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial, Contrary to Social Media Posts

Quick Take The federal trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, who is charged with assisting accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, opened on Nov. 29 with extensive media coverage. But social media posts falsely claim the judge issued ...
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Benefits Outweigh Risks of Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine, Contrary to Posts Misusing VAERS Data

SciCheck Digest The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System can detect possible safety issues in vaccines. Anyone can submit an unverified report, regardless of whether a vaccine is known to have caused the problem. Yet viral ...
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Virginia Lt. Gov.-Elect Sears Distorts Facts on COVID-19 Vaccines

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Virginia Lt. Gov.-Elect Winsome Sears spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines that we have previously debunked. CNN Host Dana Bash, Nov. 21: So, why is it OK ...
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Posts Misidentify Man Shown in Photo with Ghislaine Maxwell

Quick Take Ghislaine Maxwell, who is charged with assisting accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is scheduled to go on trial on Nov. 29. Social media posts are circulating a photo that falsely claims to show ...
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Facebook Post Spreads Bogus Claim About ‘Detox’ After Vaccination

SciCheck Digest A vaccination can’t be reversed through any “detox” process, medical experts say. Yet, a social media post is spreading the false claim that a bath with borax can “get rid” of a COVID-19 ...
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Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine Formulation Tweaked to Improve Stability

SciCheck Digest With the release of its pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer switched the buffer used in its formulation to increase the stability of the product, allowing it to remain at refrigerator temperatures for longer. The ...
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CBO: Build Back Better Not Quite ‘Fully Paid For’

For weeks, President Joe Biden has been saying the Build Back Better plan would be “fully paid for” and would not increase the deficit. But the official congressional scorekeeper in its long-awaited final analysis contradicted the ...
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Colorado Order Addresses Surge in Hospitalizations, Not Vaccination Status

SciCheck Digest Responding to a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order on Oct. 31 allowing hospitals that are at or near capacity to transfer or stop admitting patients. Social ...
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