Media Bias/Fact Check

The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 02/01/2020

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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 Sen. Rick Scott: “Vice President Biden threatened a foreign country and forced them to fire a prosecutor who was investigating a company,” that paid his son Hunter

PolitiFact rating: False

Rick Scott’s ad misleads about Biden and prosecutor


Claim: “vaccine-production institute” funded by billionaire Bill Gates owns the patent for the new coronavirus.

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: DOES A BILL GATES-FUNDED RESEARCH INSTITUTE OWN THE PATENT FOR CORONAVIRUS?


Claim by Tweets: Says drinking a bleach solution will prevent you from getting the coronavirus.

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

No, drinking bleach will not ward off coronavirus


Claim by Jay Sekulow: Says President Donald Trump’s hold on Ukraine aid was like when “the Obama administration withheld $585 million of promised aid to Egypt in 2013 … (and within the fiscal year) they didn’t have to disclose the halt to anyone.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Trump lawyer Sekulow says Trump’s hold on Ukraine aid is like Obama with Egypt in 2013. He’s wrong.


Claim by Pete Buttigieg: “But how did we get into this debt? It’s not the result of some mysterious, cosmic force that nobody could have prevented. It’s the result of giant tax cuts on corporations and the wealthy.”

FactCheck.org rating: Exaggerates

Buttigieg Gives Trump Too Much Blame for Debt


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Claim: People died on the streets in China due to the new coronavirus

AFP Fact Check
 rating: False


Claim by Multiple sources: Former Congress party president Rahul Gandhi disrespected the Indian flag by saluting with his left hand

Claim by Multiple sources: Comedian Tim Allen wrote pro-Trump post

Disclaimer: We are providing links to fact checks by the IFCN. If you do not agree with a fact check, please directly contact the source of that fact check.