December 16, 2014 1:11 am -

PolitiFact has decided that the biggest lie this year wasn’t by one individual, but rather by the media in general.


[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]…fear of the disease stretched to every corner of America this fall, stoked by exaggerated claims from politicians and pundits. They said Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy.

The claims — all wrong — distorted the debate about a serious public health issue. Together, they earn our Lie of the Year for 2014.

PolitiFact editors choose the Lie of the Year, in part, based on how broadly a myth or falsehood infiltrates conventional thinking. In 2013, it was the promise made by President Barack Obama and other Democrats that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” While no singular line about Ebola matched last year’s empty rhetoric about health care, the statements together produced a dangerous and incorrect narrative.

PolitiFact and PunditFact rated 16 separate claims about Ebola as Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire on our Truth-O-Meter in 2014. Ten of those claims came in October, as Duncan’s case came to the fore and as voters went to the polls to select a new Congress.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

8 responses to PolitiFact Lie Of The Year: Exaggerations About Ebola

  1. tiredoftea December 16th, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Well, there’s always those cantaloupe legged illegals with those WMD’s flooding across the unprotected orders!

  2. William December 16th, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Thanks for the reminder to purge my data base of the Ebola memes. It was fun while it lasted

    • tiredoftea December 16th, 2014 at 1:45 am

      Goop? Isn’t that Gwyneth Paltrow’s site?

      • rg9rts December 16th, 2014 at 5:13 am

        Alternative spelling for gopee

  3. Tommy6860 December 16th, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Haha, have to use this one!

    • Larry Schmitt December 16th, 2014 at 7:20 am

      She can see it from her front porch.

  4. allison1050 December 16th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    And the media helped spread the dumbassed reaction.

  5. paul fredine December 16th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    and the parade was led by the over-loaded fox clown car.