The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 8/20/2021

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 Fox News Channel: “Fauci doesn’t trust new vaccine research as delta variant surges.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Dr. Anthony Fauci said he didn’t doubt the findings of a preliminary study on the effectiveness of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.)

Fauci didn’t doubt vaccine study; he cautioned against using it for choosing a booster

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Joe Biden (D): “We trained and equipped an Afghan military force of some 300,000 strong — incredibly well equipped — a force larger in size than the militaries of many of our NATO allies. ”

The Washington Post rating: Three Pinocchios

Analysis | Biden’s bogus claim that Afghanistan’s military was larger than those of many of our NATO allies

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim via Social Media: The man next to Mike Pompeo in a November 2020 photo “is the guy the Trump administration helped get out of jail in 2018 and who is now the ‘president’ of Afghanistan.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (The U.S. envoy chosen by President Donald Trump, Zalmay Khalilzad, has publicly confirmed that he requested and secured the release of senior Taliban official Abdul Ghani Baradar from prison in Pakistan ahead of negotiations to end the war in Afghanistan. Baradar did meet with Pompeo, but is not yet confirmed as President)

Posts correct about Trump administration’s role in releasing key Taliban leader

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Social media: Chicago Mayor won’t allow tributes to fallen officer due to COVID-19

USA Today rating: False

Fact check: Chicago Mayor Lightfoot hasn’t stopped Ella French vigils

FALSE Claim by freerepublic.com: Mesa County forensic images show Dominion DELETED databases and logs after the election.

Lead Stories rating: False (Debunked)

Fact Check: Putative Colorado Computer Backups Do NOT Prove Dominion Deleted Election Logs From Voting Machines After 2020 Election

Free Republic Rating

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by The Conservative Woman: We should never do any testing of asymptomatic people. All we’re doing is generating false positives.

Full Fact rating: False. (Testing people who don’t have symptoms uncovers many people who have asymptomatic and presymptomatic Covid-19. The false positive rate of Covid-19 tests is very low.)

Conservative Woman article falsely claims vaccines don’t work – Full Fact

The Conservative Woman Rating

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