The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 8/9/2021

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 Ron DeSantis (R): Says Joe Biden has driven the current coronavirus surge because he “imported more virus from around the world by having a wide open southern border.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Coronavirus hot spots tend to be clustered far from the border or near the water, whereas the entire land border area with Mexico has fairly low rates. The border also is not open)

Ron DeSantis’ effort to blame COVID-19 spread on migrants is short on evidence

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Viral image: the Pentagon surrendered Norfolk Naval Base to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Check Your Fact rating: False 

FACT CHECK: Has The Pentagon Surrendered Norfolk Naval Base To NATO?

FALSE Claim by Rebecca Kleefisch (R): Says Gov. Tony Evers has declared Wisconsin “permanently closed” for business.

PolitiFact rating: False

No, Evers didn’t say Wisconsin was ‘permanently closed’

FALSE Claim by Viral Image: purportedly shows a screen grab of a New York Daily News article about a woman beheading her landlord with a samurai sword while shouting, “Long live Chairman Mao!”

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: Did The New York Daily News Publish An Article About A Woman Beheading Her Landlord With A Samurai Sword?

TRUE Claim: After news reports said former U.S. President Barack Obama was planning to host “hundreds” of people for his 60th birthday party in early August 2021, he reduced the guest list to just family and close friends.

Snopes.com rating: True

Did Obama Scale Back ‘Massive’ 60th Birthday Party Due to COVID-19 Concerns?

FALSE (International: India): Pakistani javelin thrower called Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra his idol and congratulated him on Twitter.

BOOM Live rating: False

Times Now, NDTV India Fall For Fake Twitter Account Congratulating Neeraj Chopra

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