- We could find no evidence that labs are deliberately manipulating COVID-19 test results to create false-positives. Similarly unproven claims have been circulating for weeks and echo months-old conspiracy theories.
- Jeffrey Sebelia, the source of the Facebook post, said it was a “word-of-mouth story” from his mom. He had no further proof to support the claim.
- While COVID-19 tests may sometimes produce false-positive results, they’re rare. Experts are more concerned about false-negatives.
- Data currently shows more than 90% of coronavirus tests come back negative.
Turning Point USA chief creative officer Benny Johnson attempted to claim that a white couple that aimed firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Louis, Missouri, were not supporters of President Donald Trump, but rather Democratic Party voters. Johnson turned to Federal Election Commission data to support his claim, but there was a problem: He found the wrong guy.
-Right Wing Watch; 6/30/2020
Cities generally have more crime than suburban and rural areas. That’s been true for decades if not centuries and is true across the planet.
-Washington Post; 6/25/2020
State election officials from both parties are expanding vote-by-mail this year to mitigate the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus. President Trump has fumed at these moves and for weeks has been spreading false information about vote-by-mail laws and safeguards, often tweeting baseless warnings about a phantom plot to steal the election.
-Washington Post; 6/24/2020
A state’s leader baselessly alleging that his predecessor committed treason would be greeted with blaring alarms if it happened elsewhere. The news would be interpreted as a sign that the state’s democratic institutions were in danger — and that it was teetering on the brink of tyranny.
-Media Matters; 6/23/2020
Trump Charges Obama With Treason in CBN Interview
-Right Wing Watch; 6/23/2020