The Latest Fact Checks by IFCN Fact Checkers for 12/4/2018


Claim by Meme: Before the 1973 HMO act was signed into law by Richard Nixon, it was illegal to profit from healthcare.

Claim by Gavin Newsom: There was “an estimated $5.3 million of economic loss just for a few hours of shutting down the border. You’re talking about millions and millions of dollars — billions of dollars — of economic consequence, if we continue with this rhetoric around shutting down the border without considering what that means.”

 rating: Mostly True

Did California’s border closure cost $5.3M in economic loss?

Claim by Gateway Pundit: Reuters photos of Mom with Barefoot Kids was a Setup

Claim by Meme: “Red trees are significant to the early Christian church. In eastern Europe, the church would dye the trees red to symbolize the blood of Jesus & the resurrection.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Claim by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “$21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.”

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Ploutz LeRoy

Dose Al Sharpton still owe taxes?