In an apparent case of mistaken identity, a South African man was filmed yelling at US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill for not being born in Africa. The video quickly went viral with many commenters saying that the man had confused the vice president’s name with Omicron from “Om.”
The world of journalism is complicated, and fake news and photographs are often disseminated on social media. Every week, the editorial staff at Blasting News identifies the most common hoaxes and incorrect information to help you distinguish truth from untruth. Here are some of the most widely circulated misleading statements this week, none of which are true.
There is no proof. COVID-19 vaccinations have been connected to athletes passing out due to cardiac problems.
False claim: On social media, individuals have circulated footage of athletes fainting on the field, along with the assertion that COVID-19 vaccinations are related to an upsurge in athletes dying from cardiac problems such myocarditis.
- The footage depicts 29-year-old Danish footballer Christian Eriksen, who had not been vaccinated against COVID-19 when he fainted on the pitch on June 12, 2021, according to his team director. The film also features a footage of Keyontae Johnson, a 22-year-old college basketball player who died on December 12, 2020, just days before the commencement of COVID-19 immunization in the United States.
- “Myocarditis or pericarditis remains a very rare potential risk with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and the events reported are typically mild, with individuals usually recovering within a short time with standard treatment and rest,” the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the British regulator for drugs and vaccines, said in a statement to Reuters. Sporting activity does not seem to be a significant risk factor for these very uncommon incidents, according to current research.”
- Fifa also claimed in a statement that it is not aware of an increase in cardiac arrests and that no incidents have been linked to anyone who had the COVID vaccination.
Jill Biden was not yelled at with an obscenity by a child.
False claim: A video has gone viral on social media purporting to show a youngster shouting “shut the f*** up” at first lady Jill Biden as she reads a tale at a White House function.
- A reverse image search reveals that no children shouted during Jill Biden’s reading in the original version of the film, which was published by multiple US media sources.
- The audio from an unrelated video was digitally modified and played over the footage of Jill Biden, which was then posted on social media. The original audio is from a YouTube video from 2019 in which a youngster shouts at a teacher.
A poster for the 1963 film ‘The Omicron Variant’ has been doctored.
False claim: In the wake of the WHO’s announcement of the new Coronavirus variation known as Omicron, European Twitter and Facebook users posted a picture of a poster from a supposed 1963 film called “The Omicron Variant.”
- The picture circulated on social media is really a doctored rendition of an original poster from the 1974 American film “Phase IV,” according to a reverse image search.
- There is no record of a film named “The Omicron Variant” on the IMDB database, according to a search.
Omicron is not a variation, according to a South African minister.
False claim: According to posts on social media in Brazil, South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla has said that Omicron is not a coronavirus variation, but rather an adverse response to COVID-19 immunizations.
The title of several of the postings states, “South Africa’s Health Minister believes UK government, Europe, and the media are lying about Nu/Omicron super variant.”
- Despite what some social media postings imply, there is no record of Joe Phaahla claiming that Omicron is a vaccination response rather than a variation.
- In a news conference on November 26, Phaahla noted that the finding of the variant highlights the need to keep an eye on the virus, but that there is no evidence that it causes more severe COVID-19 cases or undermines vaccine protection.
- Countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany suspended flights from South Africa and neighboring countries in response to the announcement of the new variant, prompting criticism from the South African government, which claims that the measure was not based on scientific evidence and that the country was being unfairly punished.
Néstor Kirchner, the late President of Argentina, did not die after being shot in the face.
False claim: Facebook users in Argentina have circulated a letter purporting to be written by a doctor called Ral Vizcano, in which he claims to have treated Argentina’s former president Néstor Kirchner on the day he died, October 27, 2010.
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Kirchner’s face exhibited a gunshot wound, according to the purported doctor.
- The supposed doctor states that his ID number is 10,083,432, however a check of Argentina’s electoral system reveals that this number belongs to a lady called Ester Alicia Czaczkowski from Wilde in the province of Buenos Aires.
- According to official documents, Benito Alen González, a member of the medical staff of Argentina’s presidency, and Claudio Cirille, a doctor at José Formenti Hospital in El Calafate, were the first physicians to treat Néstor Kirchner on October 27, 2010.
- Cirille, who came with the ambulance from José Formenti Hospital at Kirchner’s apartment, told the Argentinean fact-checking organization Reverso that the former president showed no signs of violence and that there is no record of any doctor called Ral Vizcano in the neighborhood.
- The cause of death in Néstor Kirchner’s death certificate, certified by doctor Renato Lestard, is cardiorespiratory arrest.
Posts erroneously claim that Voice of America reported on the United States.
was deploying forces to Ethiopia
False allegation: Ethiopian Facebook users say that US station Voice of America announced that US forces were prepared to deploy to Addis Ababa to aid the Ethiopian government in battling rebels marching towards the city.
- Voice of America denied broadcasting any news claiming that US forces were preparing to deploy to Addis Ababa in a statement to AFP.
- There has been no formal announcement from the US administration that American troops would be sent to Ethiopia.
- The current Ethiopian civil war began in November 2020, when the government sent soldiers to Tigray’s northern area in an attempt to destabilize the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) (TPLF).
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