The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 07/23/2020

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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 Mike Gallagher (R): “The average family in America forks over more of their hard-earned income to their local hospital than to the IRS.”

Politifact rating: True

Yes, the average American family pays more in hospital expenditures than federal taxes

The claim: Hydroxychloroquine has worked through the entirety of the pandemic

USA Today Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Hydroxychloroquine has not worked in treating COVID-19, studies show

Claim via Social Media: “Since Trump labeled ANTIFA a terrorist organization their rights were stripped by the Patriot Act which states if someone is labeled a terrorist they are not afforded due process.”

Politifact rating: False

Despite Trump talk, antifa has not been designated as a terrorist organization

Claim by Donald Trump (R): “Dr. Fauci told me not to ban China, it would be a big mistake. I did it over and above his recommendation. Dr. Fauci then said, ‘You saved tens of thousands of lives’ — more than that.”

Washington Post rating: False

Trump’s gripes about Fauci: A guide – The Washington Post

Claim by Facebook posts: The FBI uncovered “256 texts between Adam Schiff and Jeffrey Epstein”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

No, the FBI didn’t find over 250 texts between Schiff, Epstein. A satire site made it up

(International: Australia) Claim: A Facebook post names several claims about the name “COVID-19” including that is an acronym for ‘See a Sheep Surrender’.

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/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience

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