The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 07/15/2020

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 Tucker Carlson: “To children and the vast majority of young and middle-aged adults and the vast majority of teachers, (the coronavirus) poses virtually zero threat.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Tucker Carlson claims coronavirus ‘poses virtually zero threat’ to children, most teachers

Claim via Social Media: An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a tweet from President Donald Trump that calls Puerto Rico a “small island filled with savages.”

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by Donald Trump: “Joe Biden’s supporters are fighting to defund police departments,”

PolitiFact rating: Some are, but Biden isn’t

Ad Watch: Fact-checking the Trump campaign’s ‘defunding the police’ ad

Claim via Social Media: Posts circulating on social media claim that Tom Hanks flew on Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet to his island in the Caribbean

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Tom Hanks is not recorded in Jeffrey Epstein’s flight logs

Claim via Social Media: Social media users have been sharing photographs of documents online that claim to be Hillary Clintons’ medical records released during her 2016 presidential race.

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Debunked 2016 Hillary Clinton “medical records” resurface

(International: Congo) Claim: Quotes Dr. Denis Mukwege as saying he resigned from the Congolese coronavirus response team because he was ordered to fabricate COVID-19 case and death numbers.

PolitiFact rating: False

No, Congo doctor didn’t say he resigned from COVID-19 response team over cases being falsified

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/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience

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