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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 9/19/2021

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 Dr. Simone Gold (America’s Frontline Doctors): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “officially recommends administering ivermectin as presumptive therapy (giving medication without a diagnosis) to refugees.”

FactCheck.org rating: False (Given for its clinical use as an anti-parasitic drug.)

Social Media Post on Use of Ivermectin for Refugees Lacks Context

America’s Frontline Doctors Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: CDC warns of polio-like disease outbreak coming 2021

USA Today rating: False (nope, Polio essentially eradicated through vaccines)

Fact check: No, the CDC didn’t warn of a polio-like disease outbreak coming in 2021

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Melissa Agard (D): “No other country on the planet witnesses the number of gun deaths that we do here in the United States, and it’s not even close.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Most recent data shows the US ranks second to Brazil. When the population of countries are factored in, the US falls to 32nd. USA #1 in high-income developed nations with 10 million or more people.

United States’ gun deaths are among highest in the world, but only the highest by one measure

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Black Africans possess more DNA series than any other group on earth”; The more DNA series you have, the greater your potential for genius”; “they copyrighted that study, to hide that truth”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (about evolution out of Africa theory, never mentions genius, and copyright is standard.)

1996 paper is about human evolution, not potential for genius

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim by Chris Murphy (D): “Studies of our drone strikes have suggested that maybe eight out of 10 times we are hitting the wrong target, we have killed thousands of civilians.”

The Washington Post rating: Three Pinocchios

Analysis | Murphy’s misfired claim that 8 out of 10 U.S. drones miss their target

FALSE (International: Philippines): President Rodrigo Duterte brought FA-50 fighter jets as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) modernization program.

Rappler rating: False

FALSE: Duterte administration acquired FA-50 fighter jets

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