The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/21/2020

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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 via Social Media: Did President Trump make the nonsensical statement, “People are dying who have never died before,” during a White House briefing updating the country on the state of his administration’s response to the coronavirus? 

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say ‘People Are Dying Who Have Never Died Before’

Claim by Facebook post: “Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t release 8.5 billion for Coronavirus without abortion funding, so Trump went around her to declare a National Emergency and got 50 billion.”

FactCheck.org rating: False

False Claim That Pelosi Withheld Coronavirus Funds Over Abortion

Claim by Bloggers: Says the New York Times exposed the “real reason behind coronavirus hype: Crash the market to harm Trump’s re-election chances.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

Blog pushes conspiracy that coronavirus was invented to hurt Trump’s reelection bid

Online Claim: Online posts claim Amazon will be suspending shipment for items it considers non-essential to its warehouses.

Reuter Fact Check rating: True

True claim: Amazon temporarily disables shipment of non-essential items to its warehouses

Claim by Sean Hannity: “Now, as it stands, our health care system has adequate ventilators, ICU beds, medical professionals.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Hannity wrong that health care system is ready as is for coronavirus

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Claim by Social media posts: Residents should stay at home at night as overnment is going to spray medicine to kill Coronavirus

Claim by Multiple sources: Coronavirus already existed because vaccine for animal coronavirus exists

Claim by A Facebook user: Two Facebook posts implicating Hollywood identities Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein in a conspiracy regarding COVID-19.

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