The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 7/08/2021

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. (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

FALSE Claim by Greg Hauenstein: The “Back the Blue” Act that Gov. Kim Reynolds signs means you can’t wear the American flag. “So throw out those towels and swimsuits … or you’re a criminal!”

Politifact rating: False

No, Iowa’s ‘Back the Blue Act’ does not criminalize wearing the image of the U.S. flag

FALSE Claim via Open Predatory Journal: “For three deaths prevented by vaccination we have to accept two inflicted by vaccination.”

Health Feedback Rating: Inaccurate

Retracted study misused statistics and adverse event reports to claim that COVID-19 vaccines don’t offer “clear benefit” and caused deaths

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Members of the US Women’s National Soccer team turned their backs on the flag as a 98-year-old World War II veteran played the anthem.

Politifact rating: False (turned to face the flag)

No, players on the US women’s soccer team didn’t disrespect flag, veteran during national anthem

TRUE Claim by Judd Legum (popular.info): “99.2% of U.S. COVID deaths in June were unvaccinated people

Health Feedback Rating: Accurate

Unvaccinated individuals now account for the vast majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S., according to available data

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim via Social Media: The delta variant of the coronavirus “is approximately 19 times less deadly.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False (Vaccination is shown to reduce the severity of COVID-19 in those who are infected, so it’s expected that the relatively new delta variant would show a lower case fatality rate.)

Data showing lower death rate for coronavirus delta variant doesn’t mean it’s less dangerous

FALSE (International: Uganda): Uganda president airlifted to Germany after collapsing

AFP Fact Check rating: False

There is no evidence that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been admitted to the hospital

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