The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/28/2020

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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)

*Last week we dedicated most fact checks to the Democratic Convention. This week will focus on the Republican Convention.

Claim by Donald Trump (R): Convalescent plasma had been “proven to reduce mortality by 35%” in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

FactCheck.org rating: False

Trump, Hahn Mischaracterize Data on COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

Claim by Facebook users: “The greatest trick the CDC ever pulled was convincing the world you can be sick without having symptoms”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate

People infected with SARS-CoV-2 can transmit the virus to others, even if they do not show symptoms of the disease and are not considered sick

Claim by Ryan Holets: Drug overdose deaths decreased in 2018 for the first time in 30 years.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Overdose deaths declined in 2018. But there’s more to the story

Claim by Mike Pence (R): “When asked whether he’d support cutting funding to law enforcement, (Biden) replied, ‘Yes, absolutely.’”

PolitiFact rating: False

Fact-checking Mike Pence, night 3 of the 2020 RNC

Claim by Viral Image: Jeff Bezos has offered free one-day Prime shipping for all mail-in ballots

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: Has Jeff Bezos Offered Free One-Day Prime Shipping For All Mail-In

(International: Philippines) Claim: Photo collage shows Filipino comedian Vic Sotto carrying a child Pauleen Luna who would later become his wife

AFP Fact Check rating: False

This old photo shows comedian Vic Sotto carrying his daughter, not his wife Pauleen

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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1 Comment on The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/28/2020

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