The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 8/16/2021

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

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Elise Stefanik (R): Every time outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “says the firearm industry ‘is immune from lawsuits,’ it’s false.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Stefanik catches Cuomo misstating law on gun industry liability

FALSE Claim by Dr. Byram Bridle (Veterinarian), Liz Wheeler: Science debunks the use of face masks to stop viruses like COVID-19

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect (Medical quackery. Masks limit transmission)

Face masks can filter small airborne particles, including respiratory droplets, and are effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19

FALSE Claim by Viral image: Suggests a suspicious link between the COVID-19 delta variant and company named Delta that works in 5G.

PolitiFact rating: False

Link between a COVID-19 variant and a firm that works in 5G? Just the word ‘delta’

TRUE Claim via Social Media: A 1912 article warned coal burning can have a negative effect on climate

USA Today rating: True

Fact check: Yes, a 1912 article linked burning coal to climate change

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Social media posts: “The CDC actually put together a document to discuss putting high risk people into camps to ‘shield’ low risk people from them. … [E]very single person who has made a reference to 1930’s Germany is vindicated.”

FactCheck.org rating: False

CDC Document Discusses Strategy To Protect Displaced People From COVID-19

FALSE (International: India): Photo shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi eating beef at a dinner party.

Newsmeter rating: False

Fact Check: Claim that Modi ate beef at dinner party is false

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