The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/22/2020

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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: “The poor are, ironically, the most likely to be employed in the industries deemed ‘essential’ while their upper-class peers are freed to bunker down for weeks until the first death wave passes.”

Politifact rating: True

Still going in to work in Pennsylvania? Chances are, you’re a low-wage worker, data show

Claim via Social Media: A viral Facebook post claims the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) donated $25 million to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) after receiving $200 million from the coronavirus stimulus package

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: DID PBS DONATE $25 MILLION TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE?

Claim via Social Media: Did President Trump say that “hundreds” of state governors are calling him?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say ‘Hundreds Of Governors’ Are Calling Him

Claim via Social Media: News photo from stay-at-home protest was doctored to add Confederate flag.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

News photo of stay-at-home protest was not doctored

Claim via Social Media: Social media users have been sharing posts online that claim individuals who reported lower levels of income to the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) in 2019 will receive stimulus payments before those who reported earning more.

Reuters Fact Check rating: True

True claim: People who reported lower incomes will receive U.S. stimulus payments first​

(International: United Kingdom) Claim by the Daily Express: Germany has sent a bill to China for “coronavirus damages”.

Full Fact Check rating: False

The German government hasn’t billed China for “coronavirus damages”

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.

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