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Ebola Nation

PolitiFact names Ebola exaggerations 'lie of the year'

There's no shortage of falsehoods in politics. Each year, PolitiFact tracks a ton of them. In 2014, amid Senate campaigns, early 2016 talk, and the ObamaCare rollout, something else stood out as PolitiFact's "lie of the year": Ebola coverage.

PolitiFact found a total of 16 claims they've checked about Ebola this year to be significantly inaccurate. Here's their take:

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. [PolitiFact]

They're not the only media outlet to spotlight Ebola in year-end coverage: TIME recently named Ebola fighters Person of the Year.