The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 8/17/2021

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

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Photo shows CNN praising the Taliban for wearing masks and a peaceful takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan

BOOM Live rating: False (Fake)

No, CNN Did Not Praise Taliban For ‘Wearing Masks’ And ‘Peaceful’ Takeover

FALSE Claim by Gary Sides to NC School Board: The United States’ southern border is “basically open” and is “a super spreader event.”

Politifact rating: False (The border is not “basically open,” nor are authorities allowing migrants into the country without screening them.)

North Carolina school leader repeats false claims about immigration, COVID

FALSE Claim by Robert Malone of Washington Times: COVID-19 vaccines are not safe and they increase the number of vaccine-resistant mutants.

Health Feedback rating: Low Scientific Credibility

Washington Times article by Robert Malone and Peter Navarro relies on inaccurate and unsubstantiated claims about virus evolution, vaccine immunity, and COVID-19 vaccine safety

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Rachel Campos-Duffy: Says of UW-Madison, “It cost the university $50k (your tax dollars) to remove” a rock considered by some a symbol of racism.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Paid with donations)

No, taxpayer funds were not used to remove rock deemed by some to be racist from UW-Madison campus

FALSE Claim by Jen Psaki (D): Donald Trump suggested people inject poisons to treat COVID.

Newsweek rating: False (exaggerated, Trump asked about the possibilities of disinfectants as a treatment, but never suggested people inject anything)

Fact Check: Did Donald Trump Suggest People Inject Poison to Cure COVID?

BLATANT
LIE
(International: Thailand): Image shows bodies of people who have died from Covid-19

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Image of fake corpses from Thai protest used to mislead about Covid-19 deaths

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