The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/24/2020


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 Trump (R): Says President Barack Obama “spied on my campaign, and got caught!”

Politifact rating: False

Donald Trump repeats false claim that Obama spied on his campaign

Claim via Social Media: Black Lives Matter Arizona Is Matching Donations Of $1 For Reposting Meme Supporting Breonna Taylor

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: ‘Black Lives Matter Arizona’ Is NOT Matching Donations Of $1 For Reposting Meme Supporting Breonna Taylor

Claim by Joe Biden (D): Says Trump’s tax cuts were a “$1.3 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthiest 1% and the biggest, most profitable corporations, some of which do not pay any tax at all.”

PolitiFact rating: Others also got cuts

Fact-checking Joe Biden at the 2020 Democratic National Convention

The claim: The coronavirus pandemic is planned and profit-seeking, including by the CDC and NIH

USA Today Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: ‘Plandemic II’ alleges false conspiracy theory involving CDC, NIH; pandemic not planned

Claim by Carol Miller (R): “In West Virginia alone, overdoses have increased by 50% during the #COVID-19 pandemic.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Have overdoses in W.Va. increased 50% during the pandemic?

(International: India) Claim: PM Modi bowing to Nehru’s statue

Alt News rating: False

Satirical photo of PM Modi bowing to Nehru’s statue shared as real

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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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