The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 7/27/2019

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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 Rep. Chris Smith: U.S. Department of Defense biowarfare labs may have been involved in weaponizing Lyme disease in ticks and other insects

Claim by Ron Johnson: “There’s a survey done in Guatemala. A third of Guatemalans intend to migrate to the United States. That’s about 5.8 million people.”

PolitiFact
 rating: Mostly False


Claim by Viral image: Whoopi Goldberg kept her job and was applauded by ABC after calling Jeanine Pirro a racist slur.

Claim by Viral image: Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we lose our freedoms it will be because we have destroyed ourselves from within.”

PolitiFact
 rating: Mostly False


Claim by Kirsten Gillibrand: A transaction tax in countries like the UK “didn’t affect their financial markets at all.”

PolitiFact
 rating: Mostly False


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Anonymous

Try “Somewhat true” instead of “mostly false”.