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Posts Falsely Tie Evangelical Leader to Cannabis Product
A viral Facebook post, which links to a webpage that misrepresents itself as a Fox News report, pushes the false story that evangelical Christian leader Charles Stanley sells CBD, a cannabis product. Stanley’s organization said the story is a "scam."
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FactCheck.org Wins Third Sigma Delta Chi Award
FactCheck.org has won its second consecutive Sigma Delta Chi Award for fact-checking from the Society of Professional Journalists. The post FactCheck.org Wins Third Sigma Delta Chi Award appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Evidence Points to Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines for Pregnant People
Clinical trials and medical studies have indicated that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant people. But online posts misrepresent unverified reports submitted to vaccine monitoring systems in the U.S. and Europe to misleadingly suggest "920 w
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Facebook Post Misleads on Bipartisan Capitol Attack Report and Interview
On June 8, a bipartisan group of senators released a report on the security and intelligence failures related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The report did not "single out" former President Donald Trump "for inciting ... the riots," as a F
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SciCheck On The Radio
Managing Editor Lori Robertson discussed several of our recent SciCheck articles on the public radio show "Conversations on Health Care." The post SciCheck on the Radio appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Understanding Pennsylvania’s Proposed Bill on Handling Fetal Remains
Q: Did Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to “fine” women who miscarry?  A: No. But a bill proposes to mandate that health care providers bury or cremate fetal remains, regardless of when or how the pregnancy ends. Experts say such requirements could transl
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Viral Posts, Pundits Distort Fauci Emails
Thousands of pages of redacted emails to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci are now publicly available, thanks to journalists' Freedom of Information Act requests. Some of those messages have been distorted in viral posts, particularly about face masks, the
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Dominion’s Defamation Lawsuits Are Still Active
Dominion Voting Systems has sued Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell for making false accusations of election fraud that defamed the company after the 2020 election. Both of those lawsuits are ongoing, but a false claim circulating on social media says t
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Biden Exaggerates Opposition Votes from Moderates
President Joe Biden went too far when he claimed he hasn't gotten more done legislatively because Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin "vote more with my Republican friends." By one measure, both have voted with Biden's position 100% of the time sinc
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Is Unemployment Bonus Keeping Workers on Sideline?
Despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate of 6.1% in April -- representing 9.8 million people who say they are actively looking for work -- many employers are reporting that they can't find people to hire. The post Is Unemployment Bonus Keeping Wor
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Caitlyn Jenner Overstates California’s Share of U.S. Homeless Population
As of January 2020, California had a little more than one-quarter of all the homeless people in the United States, according to the most recent federal estimates of homelessness.  The post Caitlyn Jenner Overstates California’s Share of U.S. Homeless
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Story Twists Facts on Diagnosing Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases
A viral headline shared on social media falsely asserts that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed testing thresholds to "virtually eliminate" COVID-19 cases among vaccinated individuals. That's wrong. The threshold in question simpl
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COVID-19 Vaccine Data Was Peer-Reviewed, Contrary to Meme’s Claim
The COVID-19 vaccines have been the subject of peer-reviewed studies that found they were effective and safe, but a meme has been circulating on social media falsely claiming that no such studies have been conducted. The post COVID-19 Vaccine Data Wa
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Viral Quote About Elections Misattributed to Trey Gowdy
A viral Facebook post falsely attributes claims of widespread voter fraud and "treasonous acts" during the 2020 election to former Rep. Trey Gowdy. But he told us the statement "wasn't from me." We tracked the comments to a retired general who has sp
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Vaccine Ingredient SM-102 Is Safe
The COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna uses an ingredient called SM-102 to deliver the mRNA that carries instructions for how to develop antibodies against the novel coronavirus. A widely shared video is now spreading the falsehood that SM-102 is harmful,
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China Closes Gap with U.S. on R&D Investments, But Hasn’t Caught Up
China has been rapidly closing the gap with the United States when it comes to research and development investments, experts tell us. But President Joe Biden left the impression in a Michigan speech that the U.S. has already fallen far behind China.
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Insurance Companies Provide Coverage After COVID-19 Vaccination
Insurance companies do not deny claims when someone dies after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the American Council of Life Insurers. But a viral social media post has falsely claimed that beneficiaries of a person who dies after getting t
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Websites and Social Posts Misrepresent CDC Director’s Comments on Breakthrough Deaths
In a May 16 interview, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director said the agency knew of 223 breakthrough fatalities among fully vaccinated individuals, but "not all ... died of COVID." That is not an admission that “many, many hospital
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Video Doesn’t Prove Capitol Police Allowed Jan. 6 Protesters to Enter Capitol
More than 400 people have been charged in relation to the Jan. 6 events at the U.S. Capitol, and there is ample evidence that many protesters defied and assaulted Capitol Police officers that day. Yet viral social media posts are falsely claiming a v
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Posts Distort Testimony of Federal Health Officials on Employee Vaccinations
Federal health officials testified at a Senate committee hearing that about 60% of their employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. But viral online posts have distorted their comments to misleadingly claim that half of the employees "ar
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The Wuhan Lab and the Gain-of-Function Disagreement
A disagreement between Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci has put $600,000 of U.S. grant money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology back into the spotlight, while making "gain-of-function" research a household term -- all amid calls for mo
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Instagram Posts Spread Texas Lawmaker’s False Claims on Vaccine Testing
Animal testing and clinical trials were conducted before the COVID-19 vaccines were authorized for use in the U.S. But a Texas state senator falsely claimed at a hearing that animal tests were “stopped” because the “animals were dying.” The post Inst
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Cruz Distorts Nominees’ Defund Police Positions
Sen. Ted Cruz has falsely tried to label “every single” Senate Democrat as “supporting abolishing the police,” based on a misleading interpretation of the words of two of President Joe Biden's nominees. The post Cruz Distorts Nominees’ Defund Police
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Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Reporting Data
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System accepts any reports of adverse side effects following vaccination to help regulators detect potential problems. Anyone can submit a report, whether or not the incident is vaccine-related. Fox News host Tucke
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Magnet Videos Refuel Bogus Claim of Vaccine Microchips
The ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are publicly available. Yet a false claim that the vaccines contain microchips is receiving renewed attention through a spate of videos of people claiming that magnets stick to t
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So Far, Vaccines Remain Effective Against Variants
So far, COVID-19 vaccines have been effective against variants of the coronavirus. Scientists are monitoring the situation carefully, with updated or new vaccines a possibility in the future, if need be. The post So Far, Vaccines Remain Effective Ag
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Myth of Ballot Watermarks Flushed Out Again
An audit of ballots and a forensic audit of voting equipment earlier this year found no problems in the 2020 elections in Maricopa County, Arizona. But debunked claims about voter fraud revealed by secret "watermarks” are flowing again on social medi
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Post Misleads on Japan’s Policy for Donating Blood After COVID-19 Vaccination
Japan only recently adopted guidelines for accepting blood donations from those who have received COVID-19 vaccines. The guidelines are intended to give donors time to get over any side effects from the vaccine. Without providing that context, a soci
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Both Sides Spinning Jobs Report
The recently released jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans alike to spin the facts in their favor. The post Both Sides Spinning Jobs Report appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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No Scientific Basis for Vaccine ‘Shedding’ Claims
COVID-19 vaccines do not contain a live virus, so there isn’t a biological path for a vaccinated person to “shed” the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to those around them. Nor is there any evidence the vaccines cause reproductive problems. That means there'
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