Republicans And Fox News Win PolitiFact’s Lie Of The Year Award For 2014

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Republicans and Fox News have won PolitiFact’s lie of the year award for spreading inaccurate information and hysteria about Ebola.

PolitiFact explained why they chose the right’s Ebola hysteria as the lie of the year.

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.

Fox News analyst George Will claimed Ebola could be spread into the general population through a sneeze or a cough, saying the conventional wisdom that Ebola spreads only through direct contact with bodily fluids was wrong.

“The problem is the original assumption, said with great certitude if not certainty, was that you need to have direct contact, meaning with bodily fluids from someone, because it’s not airborne,” Will said. “There are doctors who are saying that in a sneeze or some cough, some of the airborne particles can be infectious.” False.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described Ebola as “incredibly contagious,” “very transmissible” and “easy to catch.” Mostly False.


Members of Congress even came up with their own scenarios, with some suggesting that Ebola could be a security threat to the United States carried in by illegal immigrants or terrorists. But such ideas contradicted basic facts about the disease.


In early October, Fox News posted a list of the top nine scariest pandemic movies. At the top was the 1995 film Outbreak, in which a virus mutates, becomes airborne and forces the Army to consider dropping a nuclear weapon on a sleepy California town.

PolitiFact also called out the cable news networks for endlessly hyping the hysteria, but make no mistake about it; the hysteria was being fueled by false information being delivered by Republicans on a daily basis. President Obama spent the better part of a month debunking Ebola misinformation that Republicans kept putting out there.

Republicans lied about Ebola because they were using panic and fear to create mistrust of the government in order to win an election. Once Republicans won control of the Senate, Ebola stopped being a pressing issue. Ebola was such a non-issue that House Republicans took the country to the brink of another government shutdown that would have delayed more funding for combating Ebola last week.

The cable news networks tried to use Ebola to increase rating. Republicans used Ebola to win an election. Lost in all of the needless hysteria was the fact that the American people never had anything to fear about Ebola.

The Ebola panic demonstrated that fear based politics didn’t die with the Bush administration. Fear remains the Republican weapon of choice, and the corporate media are happy to go along for the ride if it means increased ratings and profits.

The lie of the year award has returned to its rightful right-wing place in 2014.

31 Replies to “Republicans And Fox News Win PolitiFact’s Lie Of The Year Award For 2014”

  1. Lie of the Year!?!!. Hell they should be awarded a cake for LIES OF THE CENTURY!!! this one and the previous one as well. Their motto should be “Why tell the Truth when a Lie is More profitable?”

  2. I have never been able to figure out if Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party or is the Republican Party the political subsidiary of Fox.

  3. Lou Dobbs, who I frequently follow on Facebook, and respond to, could not stop with the Ebola pontifications. Over and over, every day he was on saying that the president wanted Ebola spread because of illegal immigrants. The president wanted everyone in the United States to get Ebola. And his moronic followers went right along with it. Obama wants to destroy America with Ebola, Obama hates America and wishes every white person would get Ebola.

    This is the only part of Fox news that I pay any attention to, that of Lou Dobbs on Facebook. I know he doesn’t write the articles there, but he is a great example of someone who is doing his very best to spread hatred. He is still on about Benghazi, and the fact that two GOP committees didn’t find anything wrong. It is just killing him.

    100 years from now,Fox news will be forwarded liars of the century. no one else comes close

  4. They cant handle the truth. They deflect saying Obama will do this or that when they are trying to militarize the US at the will of the NRA. Remember they preached Obama will militarize the govt and come take your guns. Never happened or even close. Fools you are falling for the Wayne La peepee Nra agenda.
    Romney, “Obama will tell half truths in the debate” yet Romney lied out both sides of his mouth during it. flipflops more than a fish.

  5. Since Faux Nooze appeals to the lower IQ tea bag/repubs, they can spread lies and misinformation to their hearts content.
    They NEVER do their homework and call upon the most ignorant as “experts”.
    This is why America is SO screwed up.

    And djchefron, Faux Nooze is the propaganda arm of the tea bag/repubs.

    The defenders of Faux are already trying to equate all the other news organizations as the SAME as Faux….yeah right.

    Survey: NPR’s listeners best-informed, Fox viewers worst-informed

    Study Finds Fox News Viewers Least Informed Of All viewers

  6. They want history to display Obama as the most vile human being on the planet because they think change is the enemy and want to go back to this perfect make believe past.

  7. I agree with your conclusion. The photo at the beginning of your piece is of Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of infectious disease research at NIH, who has been on the forefront of the fight against all sorts of infectious diseases for the past 30 years, and is one of the most credible sources out there. He appears frequently as a guest on public television news, and is not known for appearing on Faux News unless it was necessary. I would suggest having his photo at the start of your piece, particularly with the headline directly underneath, without any explanation, is misleading and unfair to Dr. Fauci. Please remove it.

  8. Hennie Penny, the sky is falling and we’ll all catch Ebola! Watching Faux/Fox News will lower your IQ but it was likely very low to begin with. Lies, lies tell me sweet little lies is the underlying motto of both Faux and their viewers because neither can deal with reality or the truth.

  9. Just to be picky, in Outbreak, they weren’t dropping a nuke. It was a MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs) the largest bomb short of a nuke.

  10. Ok so the number one news show. The ratings prove this is a winner of lie of the year. First let me say this. A sneeze can and will travel 10 feet or more. This is right from Drs. all over. When you sneeze you blow out water. So if you have Ebola that is in the water you just sent out 10 feet. So tell me why it is that when you sneeze you cover your face or blow it into your arm? CNN is the lowest rated show in the news bracket. They even said it once. But I guess I will take this as another hit on the number one news show out here. Time for adults to think about why you were told as a child to cover your face when you sneeze.

  11. Less than one percent of the population watch that propaganda for the stupid. And guess what? For the first time, the Spanish-language Univision network will have a larger audience than its English counterparts for a full month in the youthful demographic that television advertisers are most eager to reach.

    Univision’s average of 1.81 million viewers aged 18-to-49 so far in July tops Fox, NBC and CBS, who are all clustered just under 1.5 million, the Nielsen company said on Tuesday. ABC has 1.15 million. Nielsen’s calendar is different than the real one; its July ratings period ends Wednesday.

  12. If Ebola is not all that contagious via the air or droplets….. why all the special transport and isolation costs, appropriate covers and particular precautions in the wake that found most all US medical facilities were unprepared as noted by CDC medical and scientists.

  13. You are on it but riddle me this, how come when the election was over we haven’t heard one peep about Ebola from fox or republicans?

  14. You’ve got to be kidding. How did Gruber not win lie of the year? Or anyone in the Democrap party who continues to insist that Islam is the religion of peace?

  15. Islam is no different then christianity. You have people in both religions that are violent. If you call Islam violent then you have to do the same for the christians. The average muslim is no different then the average christian. They both just want to live their lives. But there are always people like you that dont want that to happen

  16. since 90% of what “PolitiFact” publishes is propaganda, they as an entity should be biggest “Liar” of the year. If you thing a group of people who are fighting to get goverment out of our lives, then you all deserve to live with all the out of control spending, the heavy handed taxes, an admin who says it is fighting for the middle class while squeezing them out of their jobs, decreasing their incomes, destroying their healthcare while helping their so called enemies (really their donors) get richer (expanding the 1%), causing major divisions in the country with regard to race and incomes. The polls don’t lie and all of you liberals/progressives are really in the minority and in time the “majority” will rise up and put all you losers in your place. Can’t wait. LOVE FOX NEWS AND WILL NEVER BOW DOWN TO THE LIBERAL GOLDEN IDOL. LOOSERS……..

  17. LOOSERS? If I were you I would learn how to spell before you open your ignorant ass claptrap. But that’s what watching fox does to you. It makes you stupid

  18. Since you have presented no evidence other then the propaganda you are told to repeat about politifact, we can only assume you have been brain scrubbed by fox news

    BTW, seen the unemployment rate lately? Its 5.4% The admin has created 2.9 million jobs last year without the republicans and fox news
    You are paying less taxes now then you have in your lifetime. Reagan started the income decreases. Personal income is on the rise.

    You are so held down and lied to by Fox news its incredible you can tie your own shoes

  19. Oh btw, when your majority rises and puts liberals down, it will effect you the same. Do you think the government is just going to go around the country and pick out liberals to punish? No, they will punish you right along with the rest. And the 1% will profit on it.

    Use stupidity as your excuse

  20. Andy, Your post fails to cover my situation. I listen to NPR, FOX, and at least one other of the main stream news outlets. Fox news is more complete,, as in giving all sides to news events. They are less politically correct, but so am I.

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