The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 02/04/2020

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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 SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER: “If the president is acquitted with no witnesses, no documents, the acquittal will have no value because Americans will know that this trial was not a real trial.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Distortions in Trump’s case for acquittal


Claim by Donald Trump: “Unemployment at 49-year low.”

PolitiFact rating: True

Super Bowl Ad Watch: Trump and the economy


Claim: An image shared on Facebook claims California is registering non-citizens to vote and refusing to cooperate with the so-called “Federal Election Integrity Program.”

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: VIRAL IMAGE CLAIMS CALIFORNIA IS REGISTERING NON-CITIZENS TO VOTE AND NOT COMPLYING WITH THE ‘FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY PROGRAM’


Claim by Donald Trump: “[W]e also signed a terrific new trade agreement with China that will boost American agriculture by $50 billion every year.”

FactCheck.org rating: Exaggerates

Trump Exaggerates China Trade Impact on Farmers


Claim by Mike Bloomberg: Campaign ad says: “2,900 children die from gun violence every year.”

FactCheck.org rating: Lacks Context

Super Bowl Ads from Trump and Bloomberg


International Fact Checks

Claim by Multiple sources: 7News article warning of coronavirus case in the Macarthur area, near Sydney, Australia.

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

Claim: Just 15% of people who begin low-paid work in the UK will rise out of low pay during their working lives. This is the worst rate in the developed world.

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