The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 07/08/2020

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 Joe Biden: “The CDC tried to develop clear guidelines about what the stages of re-opening should look like — the administration delayed and scaled them back.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Joe Biden correct that Trump administration delayed, scaled back CDC reopening guidelines

Claim via Social Media: Does a birth certificate prove that Donald Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell had a son together in 1992?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Birth Certificate Does NOT Prove President Trump Fathered A Son With Ghislaine Maxwell In 1992

Claim by Donald Trump: “99%” of coronavirus cases “are totally harmless.” rating: False

Trump’s False Claim on Coronavirus Harm

Claim via Social Media: Antibodies for the common cold produce a positive COVID-19 test; false-positive results from COVID-19 antibody testing are behind the COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S.

Health Feedback rating: False

COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are mainly detected by highly specific molecular testing, not antibody testing

Claim by Donald Trump: “The power of tariffs being imposed on foreign lands that took advantage of the United States for decades and decades have enabled us to make great trade deals where there were none.”

PolitiFact rating: Experts see few gains

The Independence Day speech analyzer: Donald Trump’s weekend addresses

(International: Nepal) Claim: Nepal shot down an Indian HAL Rudra helicopter that was carrying an airstrike in Belahiya and captured an Indian pilot

BOOM rating: False

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

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