The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/07/2020

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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 Tom McClintock: “The flu killed 80,000 Americans last year according to the CDC.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False

Tom McClintock Claimed ‘The Flu Killed 80,000 Americans Last Year.’ Here’s Why That’s Misleading.

Claim by Donald Trump: Campaign TV ad suggests CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta agreed 2 million people would have died from the novel coronavirus were it not for President Donald Trump’s China travel restrictions.

FactCheck.org rating: False

Trump Ad’s Misleading Use of CNN Interview

Claim by One News Now: Dr. Anthony Fauci “has known for 15 years that chloroquine and … hydroxychloroquine will not only treat a current case of coronavirus but prevent future cases.”

Politifact rating: False

Don’t fall for conspiracy about Dr. Anthony Fauci, hydroxychloroquine

Claim by Donald Trump: “It [AIDS] was a death certificate. And then, all of a sudden, they came up with some kind of — and now we have — we will be AIDS-free within eight years. We started 10 years. Should have started in the previous administration. They did nothing.”

Washington Post rating: False

Analysis | Fact-checking Trump’s knocks at Obama in his Fox town hall

Claim by Nate McMurray: Congressional candidate Chris Jacobs “voted against paid leave for COVID-19.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Nate McMurray on target with tweet about Chris Jacobs’ sick leave vote

(International: Sri Lanka) Claim: Pictures show air pollution reduction in Colombo during COVID-19 curfew

AFP Fact Check rating: False

These photos show the Philippine capital Manila, not Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo

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