Media Bias/Fact Check

The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 09/12/2020

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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)

Claim by Donald Trump (R): Election officials are “sending 80 million ballots all over the country. Eighty million ballots, non-requested. I call them ‘unsolicited ballots.’”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Trump’s misleading claim about ‘unsolicited’ mail ballots

Claim via Social Media/QAnon: Child traffickers tag cars with codes to identify potential victims.

USA Today Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: No evidence child traffickers are tagging cars as potential targets with codes

Claim by Joe Biden (D): “$400,000 … is more money than I’ve ever made” in a year.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Fact-checking Joe Biden’s claim about his own income

Claim by Anonymous and 21st Century Wire: “UN Forced to Admit Gates-funded Vaccine is Causing Polio Outbreak in Africa”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate

Adequate immunization and improved sanitation together protect against infection from both wild and vaccine-derived poliovirus

Claim by Viral image: President Donald Trump deleted a tweet calling Democratic Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth “Lieutenant Nolegs.”

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: Did Donald Trump Call Tammy Duckworth ‘Lieutenant Nolegs’ In A Tweet?

(International: Sri Lanka) Claim: Sri Lankan State Minister Sarath Weerasekera says that he feels conserving forests is futile

AFP Fact Check rating: False

The image of a Sri Lankan newspaper has been doctored to include a manipulated headline

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