The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/13/2020

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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 Chuck Todd: Says Attorney General William Barr didn’t cite the “rule of law” in explaining his decision in the Michael Flynn case during a CBS News interview.

PolitiFact rating: False

NBC’s Chuck Todd, ‘Meet the Press’ leave out key context in shortened Barr clip

Claim via Social Media: Did President Barack Obama award $3.7 million to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015 to study the coronavirus that has grown into a global pandemic?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Obama Did NOT Give $3.7 Million Grant To Wuhan, China, Virology Lab To Study Coronavirus

Claim by Donald Trump: Says Joe Scarborough is party to an “unsolved mystery” from his time as a congressman in Florida.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

Donald Trump’s Pants on Fire ‘unsolved mystery’ attack on Joe Scarborough

Claim by the Washington Post: “Antibody tests support what’s been obvious: Covid-19 is much more lethal than the flu”

Health Feedback rating: Imprecise

Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may have a higher fatality rate than the flu, but a definitive conclusion requires more studies

Claim by Tweets: Barack Obama “is the first ex-president to ever speak against his successor.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Obama isn’t the first ex-president to speak ill of his successor

(International: Saudi Arabia) Claim: A video circulating on social media makes the claim that massive protests have erupted in Germany in response to the “NWO” (New World Order), Bill Gates, and “vaccine Sterilization and depopulation campaign”

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: Video shows protests erupting in Germany against “NWO”, Bill Gates, “sterilization and depopulation campaign”

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.

Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political

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