The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 07/14/2020

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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: “New Zealand let health experts” rather than politicians make decisions about how to deal with COVID-19, “and as of today they have zero COVID cases.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Yes, science-led New Zealand currently has no locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

Claim by Betsy Devos: “There’s nothing in the data that suggests that kids being in school is in any way dangerous.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team’s false comfort on schools, virus

Claim by Mike Pence: “And I heard that just yesterday, Joe Biden said that well-armed police in his words ‘become the enemy’ and he said that he would ‘absolutely cut funding for law enforcement.’”

Politifact rating: Mostly False

Pence takes Biden’s comments on police funding, ‘enemy’ out of context

Claim via Social Media: Did U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos say that “only” .02% of kids are likely to die when they go back to school during the pandemic and if that happened it would result in 14,740 dead students?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos DID Not Say ‘Only’ .02% Of Kids Are Likely To Die When They Go Back To School; If So, It Would NOT Add Up To 14,740 Dead Children

Claim by Joe Biden: On COVID-19, Donald Trump said that “maybe if you drank bleach you may be okay.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False

No, Trump didn’t tell Americans infected with the coronavirus to drink bleach

(International: India) Claim: Amitabh Bachchan thanks Nanavati Hospital’s staff after testing positive for COVID-19

Alt News 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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