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COVID-19 vaccines false context

Video montage of athletes collapsing isn’t evidence of vaccine harm

A selectively edited montage of video clips showing athletes fainting or collapsing is circulating as “evidence” that COVID-19 vaccines are causing an increase in such incidents. But that’s not true. Let’s take a look at the facts.

A retweet of a video showing athletes collapsing that says, “Not normal. Boost at your own Pearl [peril].” The original tweet containing the video says, “We’re living in a sick, sick world. How is this deemed normal and even acceptable?” The News Literacy Project has added a label that says, “FALSE CONTEXT.”
The athletes shown collapsing in this video montage are not experiencing side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.
The clips show players and referees in various sports collapsing for different reasons, including dehydration, heat exhaustion and, in one case, a soccer player (who was unvaccinated at the time) in cardiac arrest.
Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, is an extremely rare and treatable side effect of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines among young people.

NewsLit takeaway

Creating collections of out-of-context headlines, images and video clips, especially those that evoke a strong emotional response, is a common disinformation tactic. These “evidence collages” are often used to manipulate public sentiment about a subject. In this case, a selective montage of athletes collapsing is designed to mislead the viewer into falsely believing there has been a sharp increase in such incidents that coincides with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.


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