Fact Check: This Video Does NOT Make The Claims Made In BitChute Captions Promoting It

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  • by: Dean Miller
Fact Check: This Video Does NOT Make The Claims Made In BitChute Captions Promoting It Headline Errs

Does this video of coronavirus conspiracist David Martin say that Dr. Anthony Fauci owns a patent on the coronavirus and that his income is 100% dependent on keeping the COVID-19 pandemic going? No, that's not true: Martin makes neither claim in the video.

To be clear, Martin is no defender of Fauci or of policies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the captions on this video misstate what Martin says.

The claims appear in the caption above the WilParanormal account's repost of a David Martin video on BitChute on May 19, 2021, titled "FAUCI OWNS CORONAVIRUS PATENT - HIS INCOME IS 100% DEPENDENT ON KEEPING THIS FAKE PANDEMIC ALIVE" (archived here), which opened:

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Ralph Baric, the C.D.C. and a list of others wanting to take credit for inventing the Coronavirus are at the Hub of this story.

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FAUCI OWNS CORONAVIRUS PATENT - HIS INCOME IS 100% DEPENDENT ON KEEPING THIS FAKE PANDEMIC ALIVE

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Ralph Baric, the C.D.C. and a list of others wanting to take credit for inventing the Coronavirus are at the Hub of this story. From 2003 - 2018, they controlled 100% of the cash flow that built the empire around the Industri...

Caption Error #1: Martin never says Fauci patented coronavirus

The seven-minute video of Martin, snipped from the "Plandemic" conspiracy video, includes multiple slides showing that the CDC filed for a patent on the newly isolated coronavirus genome in 2004, not Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Caption Error #2: Martin never says Fauci's income is 100% dependent on keeping the pandemic going

The only reference to "100%" in Martin's video is his (widely debunked) claim at 2 minutes, 30 seconds into the video that the CDC profits from the patent. Again, Martin does not say Fauci earns royalties from the patent, he only makes a reference to a CDC industrial complex that has developed around the viruses, controlling 100% of revenue from the patents.

In an August 2020 fact check, Lead Stories went point-by-point through the Plandemic II video, documenting multiple false claims about the origin of the virus, the purpose and validity of the CDC patents and a conspiracy theory about a disaster modeling exercise the filmmakers mischaracterize as a planning session for genocide through a pandemic.

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  Dean Miller

Lead Stories staff writer Dean Miller has edited daily and weekly newspapers, worked as a reporter for more than a decade and is co-author of two non-fiction books. After a one-year Harvard Nieman Fellowship, he served as Director of Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy for six years. As Senior Vice President/Content at Connecticut Public Broadcasting, a dual licensee, he oversaw radio, TV and print journalists, and documentary producers. He moved west to teach journalism at Western Washington University, edit The Port Townsend Leader and write the twice-weekly Save The Free Press column for the Seattle Times. Miller won the 2007 national Mirror Award for news industry coverage and he led the team that won the 2005 Scripps Howard first amendment prize. 

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