The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/19/2020

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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 Don Pridemore: Says Gov. Tony Evers “has never had a real job.”

Politifact rating: False

GOP State Senate candidate is off base with claim that Wisconsin governor ‘never had a real job’

Claim by Social media posts: The CARES Act was “introduced over a year ago for a virus that allegedly did not get here until a few months ago,” which proves the COVID-19 pandemic was planned.

FactCheck.org rating: False

Legislative History of CARES Act Doesn’t Prove COVID-19 Conspiracy

Claim by Chip Roy: Says Wisconsin has not had a spike in coronavirus cases that was “statistically significant related to the fact that they had voting.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

No spike tied to voting, but data leaves questions

Claim by viral video: Obama rejected democratic ideals by saying that “ordinary men and women are too small minded to govern their own affairs”

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: Obama rejected democratic ideals by saying that “ordinary men and women are too small minded to govern their own affairs”

Claim via Social Media: “Beachgoers trash Florida beaches with 13,000 pounds of litter after beaches reopen.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Reopened Florida beach leads to more trash

(International: Australia) Claim: A video claims to show a circuit board from a 5G tower that bears a label reading “COV.19” on one of the components.

Australian Associated Press rating: False 

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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