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|Claim via Social Media: Deaths of four alternative medicine doctors show they are being targeted for their ideas.
Politifact rating: False (There is no evidence to support the claim that the recent death of Dr. Rashid Buttar — known for spreading COVID-19 misinformation — and the 2015 deaths of three other doctors were suspicious. Buttar said in a March interview that he had been hospitalized in January, and information shows he had health issues dating to 2016. The 2015 deaths involved natural causes, a suicide and a murder in which the victim’s husband was convicted.)
|Claim by The People’s Voice: The WHO stated fully vaccinated mothers are having children with heart defects.
Check Your Fact rating: False (Did not happen. Another made-up story from the People’s Voice.)
|Claim via Social Media: The Wall Street Journal reporting proves that “Pizzagate” is real.
PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (One of The Wall Street Journal’s reporters dismissed the claims.)
|TRUE||Claim via Social Media: A community with an HOA can force you to fly an American flag.
WCNC rating: True (Yes, if you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, it can require certain decor and architectural elements, like an American flag.)
|FALSE||Claim by RFK Jr.: During the “COVID lockdowns,” the average American gained 29 pounds.
Snopes.com rating: False (Misinterprets data as 42% averaged 29 lb weight gain. Others lost weight or gained less or more. The average is less than 29 lbs on the whole.)
|FALSE||(International: United Kingdom): Claim by dailysceptic.org: A preprint paper submitted to The Lancet on July 5, 2023, found that 74 percent of the deaths in the autopsies it reviewed were caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lead Stories rating: False (No evidence. The preprint paper never made it past the submission stage with the medical journal because The Lancet said it “violated our screening criteria.”)
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