The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 07/21/2020

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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 Donald Trump: Says the Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders unity platform would “end tax credit scholarships serving disadvantaged students in 26 states.”

PolitiFact rating: True

Fact-checking Donald Trump on the Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders unity platform

Claim via Social Media: Show a photograph of a document carrying the logo of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that does not recommend the use of face masks. 

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Document does not show official CDC guidance on face masks

Claim by Rep. Tom Reed: Opening the schools “is a local determination, but it’s not a state determination.”

PolitiFact rating: False

State holds power over school re-openings

Claim via Social Media: A video of Joe Biden circulated on Twitter on Thursday, which some users claimed depicts the former vice president introducing a man in blackface makeup as Michael Jackson. 

The Dispatch rating: False

Did Joe Biden Introduce a Man in Blackface Makeup as Michael Jackson?

Claim by Donald Trump: The Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders unity platform would “abolish completely the death penalty.”

PolitiFact rating: True

Fact-checking Donald Trump on the Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders unity platform

(International: Scotland) Claim: “ANTIFA is hanging chains with metal object from light poles and over passes, targeting truckers, they want to shut this nation down.”

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Metal bar hanging from Scottish overpass is not part of an antifa plot

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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