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- Deborah Birx wasn’t arrested.
In the wake of a CNN interview in which Donald Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator described uncomfortable conversations with the then-president about COVID-19, misinformation is spreading about the doctor.
"U.S. military arrests Dr. Deborah Birx," reads a screenshot of a May 29 headline.
But it’s from a website that has previously published false news stories with claims that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hanged at Guantanamo Bay, that Navy SEALs arrested her, that Trump indicted Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and that an assassination attempt on Trump’s life was foiled.
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"The United States military has arrested Dr. Deborah Birx, also known as ‘the scarf lady,’ after authenticating reports that she and her partner in crime, the still at-large Dr. Anthony Fauci, had conspired with the CDC to intentionally deceive the American public into believing that face masks are an effective method to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," the post on Real Raw News says.
Experts say that masks can be effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. And there is nothing to corroborate the unfounded allegation that Birx was arrested.
Like many of the other stories we have rated from this site, this post, too, gets a Pants on Fire!
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