The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/13/2020

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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. (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

Claim by Jim Oberwies (R): Says U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood described riots as “beautiful protests.”

Politifact rating: False

No, Underwood did not call riots ‘beautiful’

Claim via Social Media: COVID-19 mortality rates are very low, therefore COVID-19 is not an important public health concern; if you are 70+ years old, you have a 0.054% chance of dying from COVID-19

Health Feedback rating: Misleading

COVID-19 has caused many deaths due to high virus transmission, despite its relatively small infection fatality ratio

Claim by Social media users: 500,000 ballots in Virginia and 200,000 ballots in Nevada were sent to dead people, pets

USA Today rating: False

Fact check: Thousands of ballots were not sent to dead people or pets in Nevada, Virginia

Claim by Trump (R): Says Dr. Anthony Fauci said of Trump’s pandemic response, “I can’t imagine that … anybody could be doing more.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False

Trump ad takes Fauci out of context

Claim via Social Media: “Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris this morning said that, ” American churches are PROPAGANDA CENTERS for intolerant homophobic, xenophobic vitriol ” and she called american [sic] pastors, ” knuckle-dragging disseminators of intolerance and enemies of social justice”

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Kamala Harris did not say these remarks about American churches

(International: India) Claim: Photos show Hathras gangrape accused Congress leader

BOOM rating: False

Image Of Rape Accused In Madhya Pradesh Falsely Linked To Hathras Case

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Larry D Olson

Reference Trump claiming Fauci stating Trump couldn’t have done more is false is a lie. Trump is the person who heads up the gov’t response and selects the team (task force) therefore he is quoting correctly.

Larry D Olson

Do your research before discrediting a statement “dead voters receiving ballots”. Look at this site. https://www.npr.org/2012/02/14/146827471/study-1-8-million-dead-people-still-registered-to-vote. Only an ostrich with its head in the sand would not be able to see the potential for voter fraud.

Richard Babylon

Larry, I think you may need to take your own advice. Your comment about dead voters would be fair except for at least four substantial issues:

First and foremost, that article you cited (although the source is a reputable one) is dated February 2012. It’s more than eight years old!

Second, the claim that was fact-checked was very specific. It addressed Virginia and Nevada. Although both states are mentioned in your reference article, it says nothing to support the claim.

Third, the claim doesn’t say there’s no potential for voter fraud. That’s a strawman argument.

Fourth, just because dead people are on the voter rolls, and even if ballots are being sent to them doesn’t mean there is fraud. People do die (both Republicans and Democrats), and the databases aren’t immediately corrected.

I share your concern for voter fraud, but your objection to the fact-check has significant logical flaws.