The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/01/2021

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. When appropriate we explain the rating and/or offer our own rating if we disagree with the fact-checker. (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
FALSE
Claim by Common Sense Leadership Fund: Democrats “want to tax your retirement funds to pay for their new trillion dollar power grab.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (The Democratic proposal would affect people with retirement assets worth over $10 million, about 3,600 taxpayers.)

Republican PAC ad distorts Democratic plans to tax jumbo-sized retirement accounts

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by OANN: “Maricopa County Election Database Wiped One Day Before Audit.”

The Dispatch rating: False (Data was archived and moved as usual. It was not deleted. This claim was debunked in May 2021 as well.)

Was the Maricopa County Database ‘Wiped’ Before the Cyber Ninjas Audit?

OANN Rating

FALSE Claim via Social Media: When Robert E. Lee “inherited slaves from his father in law, he educated them and set them free, and he referred to slavery as ‘a political and moral evil.’”

FactCheck.org rating: False (Historians say the opposite)

Facebook Posts Distort Robert E. Lee’s Actions and Views on Slavery

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by viral video: the video shows a doctor removing a COVID-19 vaccine from someone’s body using cupping therapy

Check Your Fact rating: False (Cupping is quackery level pseudoscience)

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Doctor Removing A COVID-19 Vaccine From Someone’s Body Via Cupping?

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: A 13-year-old girl “is now in critical care in the hospital here in Halifax because her heart stopped right after she had a vaccine.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Hoax – Nova Scotia Public Health said no such incident had been reported as of Sept. 28 to the agency, Nova Scotia’s emergency health services or its pediatric hospital.)

Canadian officials say there’s no evidence 13-year-old had heart attacks after COVID-19 vaccine

FALSE (International: Australia): Ivermectin is being used to treat vaccinated COVID-19 patients in Australian hospitals.

Australian Associated Press rating: False

Ivermectin is not being given to COVID-19 patients in Australia

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