Fact Check: Dr. Deborah Birx Was NOT Executed At Naval Base Guam On July 6, 2021

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Dr. Deborah Birx Was NOT Executed At Naval Base Guam On July 6, 2021 No Evidence

Was Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator under the administration of former President Donald Trump, executed at Naval Base Guam on July 6, 2021? No, that's not true: Lead Stories found no evidence supporting the claim. The claim was published by Real Raw News, an outlet known for releasing fictitious information.

The claim originated in an article (archived here) published on April 4, 2022, by Real Raw News and titled "Dr. Deborah Birx Was Executed Last July." It opened:

In May 2021 Real Raw News reported that Deep State Dr. Deborah Birx, a woman more famous for polychromatic scarves than medical expertise, was arrested on charges of treason and mass medical malpractice at her multigenerational home in Pennsylvania. We then reported that JAG had set aside time in June for her military tribunal. After [...]

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Dr. Deborah Birx Was Executed Last July - Real Raw News

In May 2021 Real Raw News reported that Deep State Dr. Deborah Birx, a woman more famous for polychromatic scarves than medical expertise, was arrested on charges of treason and mass medical malpractice at her multigenerational home in Pennsylvania. We then reported that JAG had set aside time in June for her military tribunal. After [...]

Lead Stories found no evidence that Birx was even arrested in 2021, let alone executed. While Lead Stories could not locate any photos or videos of Birx taken after her supposed execution -- most likely because at the end of 2020, she announced her retirement from government service -- she has stayed in the news. In October 2021, several media outlets reported that Birx was interviewed between October 12 and 13, 2021, in closed-door testimony used by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Birx was credited as the author of an opinion piece published in USA Today on December 1, 2021, about HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in the U.S. She also wrote a memoir about her time as the White House coronavirus response coordinator that is scheduled for release on April 26, 2022.

Additionally, the Real Raw News article making the claim contained an obvious sign of fabrication: the URL of the article said that Birx was executed in June 2021, while the article's headline and body claimed that she was executed in July 2021. A screenshot of the inconsistency is included below:

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(Source: Real Raw News screenshot taken on Tue Apr 5 14:47:36 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories reached out to the George W. Bush Institute, where Birx is listed as a senior fellow at the time of writing, and Naval Base Guam for more information about the claim. We will update this fact check with any relevant responses.

Real Raw News has a long history of publishing false claims in mock news stories, many of them about convictions and executions of various public figures at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. For example, the site reported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hanged (she wasn't); former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta was executed (he wasn't); and that "the military" convicted former Attorney General William Barr on charges of treason (it didn't).

The website for Real Raw News includes a disclaimer that warns readers not to take its content too seriously. Specifically, it says:

Information on this website is for informational and educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice on legal counsel.

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(Source: RealRawNews.com screenshot taken Tue Aug 3 16:39:48 UTC 2021)

Lead Stories has covered claims published by Real Raw News in the past. Previous Lead Stories debunks of Real Raw News items is collected here.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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