The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 09/16/2020

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 Mark Kelly (D): Says Sen. Martha McSally “supported a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program and ‘shift costs’ onto seniors” and “even supported raising the retirement age.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Fact-checking Mark Kelly on Martha McSally’s stance on Medicare

Claim by Political Insider and Rush Limbaugh: “Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief for The Atlantic, confessed that the central claim in his publication’s reprehensible hit piece on the President could very well be false.”

The Dispatch rating: False

Did Jeffrey Goldberg ‘Confess’ That His Atlantic Article About Trump Could Be False?

Claim by Facebook posts: “CDC announces that ordinary (non-N95) masks (which most people are wearing) will do nothing to protect you against wildfire smoke … Fun fact: smoke particles are far larger than SARS-CoV-2 particles.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Face masks for wildfire smoke protection and COVID-19 play different roles

Claim via Social Media: President Trump’s New “Trumpcare” Plan Is Set To Finally Fix Healthcare

Lead Stories rating: No Trumpcare

Fact Check: New ‘Trumpcare’ Plan Is NOT Set To Finally Fix Healthcare — NOT Related To President Trump

Claim by Woman in video received a ballot application with Trump ads on it from her local elections office.

Lead Stories rating: Not A Ballot

Fact Check: Absentee Ballot Application With Trump Ads Did NOT Come From A Local Elections Office — Political Groups Can Send Them

(International: Thailand) Claim: Thailand enters the highest stage of the pandemic?

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Hoax circulates online that Thailand raised its coronavirus alert to the ‘highest level’

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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