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Fact Check-Fake CNN report relating myocarditis to Ukraine war created by satirical website

A purported screenshot of a CNN report saying the Russian invasion of Ukraine is causing myocarditis is making rounds online. The image was originally published by satirical website Babylon Bee, but it has tricked some users online into believing it is authentic coverage.

“Breaking news: Ukraine invasion causing myocarditis,” reads the alleged chyron of the image showing Anderson Cooper alongside a black and white photo of a man holding his hand on his chest.

“Can’t make this up (…) NO. Wake up people. The big \/ (COVID-19 vaccination) causes myocarditis in Americans!! Get it (…) Russia / Ukraine war is the coverup for the greatest war on the planet now - the war on your health,” part of a Facebook post sharing the image reads. ( here ).

Other posts from people sharing the fabricated image without attribution to the Babylon Bee can be seen ( here )( here ), ( here ), ( here ), ( here ).

As previously explained by Reuters ( here ), cases of myocarditis associated with mRNA COVID-19 vaccination have been registered, but these are usually mild and resolve quickly. Experts continue to assure the overall risks of COVID-19 infection far outweigh the risks associated with developing myocarditis after a COVID-19 vaccination.

The image was published by the Babylon Bee on March 7, 2022 ( here ).

The Babylon Bee describes itself as “the world’s best satire site (…) We write satire about Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life” ( www.babylonbee.com/about ).

The fabricated screenshot uses a frame from a CNN interview on Oct. 14, 2016 ( here ) (see similar around timestamp 1:05).

Reuters has previously addressed other content from the Babylon Bee taken seriously online, including another CNN fabricated chyron ( here )( here ) ( here ) ( here ).

VERDICT

Satire. CNN did not report that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is causing myocarditis. The fabricated coverage was created by satirical website Babylon Bee.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work    here .         

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