The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/15/2020

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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 Ron Johnson (R): “Depending on which study you look at, either 68% or 5 out of 6 individuals according to (Congressional Budget Office), are making more on unemployment than they did on the job.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Johnson’s claim that some earn more on unemployment than working is on the money

Claim via Social Media: Kamala Harris “took part in framing and prosecuting a man named Jamal Trulove for a murder he didn’t commit.” The post also states that Harris “paid the key witness over $60,000 in housing and relocation benefits for testifying against Jamal.” 

The Dispatch rating: False

Did Kamala Harris Frame and Prosecute a Man for Murder?

Claim by Joe Biden (D): Asked about asylum seekers in camps in Mexico, “This is the first time ever you’ve had to seek asylum in a third country.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Fact-checking Joe Biden’s claim on asylum seekers in Mexico

Claim by Kamala Harris (D): the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak was a “pandemic.”

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: Was The 2014-2016 Ebola Outbreak A ‘Pandemic,’ As Kamala Harris Claims?

Claim by Facebook posts: The FBI raided a “Cleveland office linked to Ukraine. Biden, Pelosi, Kerry and Romney all had sons getting tens of millions of dollars from no-show jobs in Ukraine.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Cleveland FBI raid resurfaces debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine and American politicians

(International: Nigeria) Claim: Nigeria President Buhari is dead

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Repeated claims that Nigeria’s president is dead promoted by supporters of separatist group

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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