The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 09/11/2020

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 Kayleigh McEnany (R): Says President Donald Trump “never downplayed the virus.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

McEnany says Trump never downplayed the virus. He did, and Woodward’s tape explains why

Claim by OAN and The Blaze: COVID-19 case numbers are inflated due to PCR test sensitivity; “90% of positive COVID-19 tests should be negative”

Health Feedback rating: Flawed Reasoning

Misinterpreted New York Times report leads to false claim that the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is inflated by up to 90%

Claim via Social Media: More than 500,000 mail in ballots in Virginia and 200,000 in Nevada were sent to dead people or pets

PolitiFact rating: False

Post wrongly says thousands of ballots sent to dead people, pets in Virginia and Nevada

Claim by Joe Biden (D): “Troops died in Iraq and Afghanistan: 6,922. … Military COVID deaths: 6,114. Folks, every one of these lives mattered.” 

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Biden on autos, virus; Trump on drug prices

Claim by viral video and OAN: UCLA, Stanford study finds for average 50-64 year old, chances of dying from COVID-19 are 1 in 19.1M

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: ‘New’ Research Is NOT New, Does NOT Find Average 50- To 64-Year-Olds Have A 1-in-19.1-Million Chance Of Dying From COVID-19

(International: UK) Claim: Periodic table assembled to say “F**k Boris” in front of the UK PM while he attends a press conference

AFP Fact Check rating: False

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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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