PolitiFact's lie of the year

December 16, 2014 4:32 AM

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Fear of Ebola’s potency and spread sparked “exaggerated claims” and statements from politicians and pundits, collectively earning the dubious distinction of PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year, the organization announced Monday. Editors made their pick according to “how broadly a myth or falsehood infiltrates conventional thinking.”

Conservative commentator George Will drew sharp criticism for his miscommunication of how the disease spreads, after saying on Fox News that it can spread through the air. Ebola can only spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, regardless of whether it’s a sneeze or cough.

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