The midterm elections are finally over, but it won’t be long before the 2024 campaign cycle — which will really start in 2023 — gets going. Before that happens, we’ve put together this list of the year’s biggest whoppers that politicians and others made over the past 12 months.
Month: December 2022
Human Error, Not Fraud, Shown in Fox Election Coverage of Georgia Runoff
In a clip from Fox News’ coverage of the Georgia Senate runoff, the vote tallies for both candidates briefly drop by thousands of votes. Social media posts use the clip to falsely claim election fraud. The Associated Press, which provided the data to Fox, said the clip shows a brief overestimate of votes caused by human error.
Biden’s Claims About an Increase in Exports Ignore Larger Growth in Imports
Blood Transfusion Doesn’t Transfer COVID-19 Vaccine
Bernie Sanders Overstates Number of Americans Without Health Insurance
FactChecking GOP’s Censorship Claim in Arizona Over Deleted Tweets
Country Singer’s Death Not Related to COVID-19 Vaccine
Country singer Jake Flint died unexpectedly on Nov. 27, just hours after his wedding. Social media posts baselessly insinuate Flint died because of the COVID-19 vaccine. The 37-year-old singer received his second dose more than a year before his death, and his representative said Flint’s death was “not related in any way” to the vaccine.
Exploring Sen. Murphy’s Claim About ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’
U.S. Aid to Ukraine, Explained
When asked whether Republicans would “make it more difficult” for Congress to approve Ukrainian aid, Rep. Mike Turner criticized the $40 billion package enacted in May, saying: “We don’t need to pass $40 billion large Democrat bills … to send $8 billion to Ukraine.” Much more than that, however, was allocated for military support.
‘Died Suddenly’ Pushes Bogus Depopulation Theory
What appear to be ordinary postmortem blood clots are held up in a viral online video as supposed evidence that there’s a depopulation plot underway using COVID-19 vaccination to kill people. There’s no evidence for this theory. The hourlong video also repeats numerous falsehoods that have previously been debunked.