The Latest Fact Checks from IFCN Fact Checkers 1/4/2019

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The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact checkers. (D. Van Zandt)


Claim by Social media posts: “During the Obama administration 18 children died while in custody of Border Patrol”

Claim by Donald Trump: Says the two migrant children who died “were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol.”

PolitiFact rating: No Initial Illness Reported


Claim by Facebook posts: Quotes Michelle Obama as saying, “White folks are what’s wrong with America.”

Claim by Patrick Leahy: “Over the last two years, Congress has provided nearly $1.7 billion to build or replace fencing on the southern border, but the Administration has hardly spent any of that money…So far, only six percent of those funds have been spent. Six.”

Washington Post rating: Three Pinocchios


Claim by Multiple Sources: Returning Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi proposed to fund the building of President Trump’s border wall in exchange for a bill banning the ownership of firearms by any U.S. citizen.

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