The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 09/05/2020

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 Roy Cooper (D): “In some of these other states, some of their deaths can be attributable to the fact that they were having a hard time getting an ICU bed or a ventilator to a patient.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False

Cooper overstates ventilator access problem

Claim via Social Media: “Either masks work or they don’t”; “I don’t understand the safety concern with voting in person. Your mask works, right?”

Health Feedback rating: Flawed Reasoning

Masks offer only partial protection from the virus that causes COVID-19, but their effectiveness can be enhanced with other measures like physical distancing

Claim by Joe Biden (D): Says he was the first person to call for invoking the Defense Production Act.

Politifact rating: False

Joe Biden wrong about how early he called to invoke the Defense Production Act

Claim via Social Media: Posts on Facebook claim that SB-145, a bill passed by the California State Senate on August 31, 2020 seeks to “legalize pedophilia.”

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: California bill does not legalize pedophilia

Claim by Donald Trump (R): “Only 6% of the people actually died from COVID.” The others “died from other reasons.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

Trump repeats false claim about COVID-19 deaths on Fox News

(International: South Korea) Claim: Video shows Seoul rally against coronavirus restrictions in August 2020

AFP Fact Check rating: False

This video shows a Seoul rally in October 2019, months before Covid-19 was first reported in South Korea

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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