The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/29/2020

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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 Chris Larson (D): Police are 20.8 times more likely to kill than be killed by a criminal.

Politifact rating: True

Yes, police were 20.8 more likely to kill than be killed by a criminal in 2019

Claim by Donald Trump (R): “Biden also vowed to oppose school choice and oppose all charter schools.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts record; BLM falsely accused

Claim by Doug Jones (D): In April, when asked how he would handle the COVID-19 pandemic, Tommy Tuberville “said he didn’t have a clue” and after winning the Republican nomination in July, “he still said he didn’t have a clue.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Tuberville did say he ‘wouldn’t have a clue’ on COVID-19, but has said more

Claim: Says Jacob Blake ‘declared he had a gun in the car and was going to go get it’ and was ‘brandishing’ a knife.

USA Today Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Jacob Blake did not ‘brandish’ knife, get gun before Kenosha police shooting

Claim by Donald Trump (R): Biden is “even talking about taking the wall down” along the border between the United States and Mexico.

FactCheck.org rating: False

Final Night of the Republican Convention

(International: Philippines) Claim: South Africans are among the top drinkers in the world

Africa Check rating: Correct

Fact-checking South Africa’s health minister on the country’s ‘relationship with alcohol’

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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