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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/08/2021

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
TRUE
Claim by Dr. Anthony Fauci: “There are precious few religions that actually say you cannot” get vaccinated.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True (There are hundreds of religions, but in one summary tally, about five religions ban vaccinations, compared with at least 24 that don’t.)

Few religions ban vaccination, but that counts little for religious exemptions

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Rumble Video: More than 48,000 people die within 14 days of receiving COVID-19 vaccines, according to data revealed in the “Medicare Tracking System.

Lead Stories rating: False (48,000 people did not die and there is no such thing as a Medicare Tracking System.)

Fact Check: 48,000 Did NOT Die Within 14 days Of COVID-19 Vaccination, And There Is NO ‘Medicare Tracking System’

Rumble Rating

TRUE Claim by David McKinley (R): “Overdose deaths in WV are up 45% from the prior year.”

PolitiFact rating: True (Overdose deaths in West Virginia have increased by about 45% between calendar year 2019 and calendar year 2020, according to state data.)

Did West Virginia see a 45% increase in overdose deaths in 2020?

FALSE Claim by The Last Refuge (theconservativetreehouse.com): “The California study finds that vaccinated individuals are more susceptible to COVID variant infections than unvaccinated.”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (Misrepresents the study data: The authors observed that vaccine breakthrough cases made up just 9.1% of their study cohort, suggesting that vaccinated people are less likely to be infected at all compared to unvaccinated people.

Study led by UCSF researchers didn’t study vaccinated people’s susceptibility to variants; it found vaccine breakthrough cases to be a minority of infections

The Last Refuge Rating

FALSE Claim by Social media posts: The Biden administration is “orchestrating more shortages” by stopping cargo ships from unloading at U.S. ports.

FactCheck.org rating: False (Baseless conspiracy theory)

Posts Spread Baseless Claims About Cause of Cargo Ship Backups

MOSTLY
TRUE
(International: United Kingdom): Claim by Boris Johnson: What you’re also seeing is finally growth in wages.

The Ferret rating: Mostly True

Boris Johnson claim that wages are growing is Mostly True

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