The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/01/2020


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 Bernie Sanders: “30,000 Americans die each year because they can’t get to a doctor when they should.”

PolitiFact rating: Half True


Claim via Social Media: In 2018, 10,150 Americans were killed by illegal immigrants, while 194 Americans were killed in mass shootings.

Reuters rating: False

False Claim: In 2018, 10,150 Americans were killed by illegal immigrants, while 194 Americans were killed in mass shootings

Claim by Facebook posts: Mitt Romney’s father “U.S. Senator George Romney, was a liberal Republican who had ties to Saul Alinsky, yes, the same dude who wrote the book, Rules For Radicals and dedicated to Satan.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

In an attack on Mitt Romney’s father, post exaggerates link to Saul Alinsky and Satan

Claim by the Daily Mail: “Breakthrough as scientists create a new cowpox-style virus that can kill EVERY type of cancer”

Science Feedback rating: Low Scientific Credibility

Daily Mail article misleads with clickbait headline claiming cowpox-derived virus will “kill every type of cancer”

Claim by Committee to Defend the President: Suggests former President Barack Obama criticized his former vice president, Joe Biden, for lying to African American communities. rating: False

A Misleading Anti-Biden Ad from Trump Backers

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Claim by Multiple sources: This photo shows troops burying victims of a massacre in Cameroon on February 14, 2020

AFP Fact Check rating: False – The photograph shows victims of separatist violence in 2018

Claim by Mwebantu Zambia: Zambia police station gassed in attack

Claim by Multiple sources: Detective Roman Musyoki probing corruption case in Kenya murdered

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