The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/18/2021

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

FALSE Claim by Tammy Nichols and Zerohedge: “Pfizer’s new oral antiviral is just a protease inhibitor just like Ivermectin. They’re literally repackaging ivermectin to sell to the masses with a new name.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (completely different chemically: Whereas ivermectin is made of just three kinds of atoms — carbon, hydrogen and oxygen — Pfizer’s drug also contains chlorine, nitrogen and sulfur; Merck’s drug also contains nitrogen, and its molecular weight is less than half that of ivermectin. Structurally, too, the drugs bear no resemblance.)

Merck, Pfizer COVID-19 Antivirals Different From Ivermectin

ZeroHedge Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: A study found airport body scanners can unzip and interfere with DNA replication.

USA Today rating: False (no comment)

Fact check: Post falsely claims TSA airport body scanners unzip and interfere with human DNA

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim by Patrick Testin (R): Says “the vast majority of the (refugees) coming into Fort McCoy are not the SIVs” and some have “no documentation at all.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (Testin’s comments echo media reports and what is generally known about the refugees.)

Most of the Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy are not special visa holders

BLATANT
LIE
Claim by Donald Trump (R): “In Pennsylvania, thousands of voters reported receiving at least two ballots in the mail, and many others reported receiving mail-in ballots without requesting them. They just happened to flow in. They flowed in on Election Day.”

The Washington Post rating: Four Pinocchios (More conspiracy nonsense)

Trump’s never-ending parade of election falsehoods

TRUE Claim by Gavin Newsom (D): California has the lowest COVID case rate of any state in the United States.

Newsweek rating: True

Fact Check: Does California Have Lowest COVID Case Rate of Any State?

FALSE (International: Philippines): A law has been passed granting the distribution of a P10,000 monthly allowance for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs)

VERA Files rating: False

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: NO, senior citizens, PWDs won’t receive P10k monthly – Vera Files

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