Politifact, the website that made national news last year by proclaiming President Obama’s “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” the 2013 “lie of the year” kept to the health theme this year.
And missed the biggest lie of all.
The Tampa Bay Times-based Politificact declared the summer’s flash-in-the-pan scare of “Exaggerations about Ebola” to be 2014’s “Lie of the Year.”
In doing so, the ostensibly non-partisan but lefty-leaning “fact-checking” site found plenty of opportunities to knock the right.
First, it slammed cable news — and that really means the Fox News Network, since it’s by far the most popular cable news network in the United States.
It also managed to bash conservative columnist George Will, Arizona Republican John McCain, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, and – obliquely — Georgia Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey. Really, only Republicans seem to have gotten the whole Ebola thing wrong. (To be fair, the column also called out Sen. Mark Pryor, the Arkansas Democrat, for hyping the disease for political purposes, but did it 33 paragraphs in – by then the point had been made.)
So, the Ebola scare has gone the way of the “Summer of the Shark,” and Politifact sees fit to call it the “Lie of the Year” and paint Republicans as knuckle-dragging fear-mongers in the process.
Meanwhile, ill-informed, misinformed or simply criminal marchers in New York call for the death of police officers, arsonists in Missouri burn down businesses, and anarchists roam Oakland over the death of an 18-year-old thug who died during a confrontation with a police officer that every shred of physical evidence indicates Michael Brown provoked and continued.
An entire violent mythology has been built up around the idea that Brown was surrendering — even though everyone knows it’s not true.
Still, Politifact calls Ebola misinformation the “Lie of the Year.”
And “hands up, don’t shoot” wasn’t even in the running.
Which one will you – and the rest of the country — remember a year from now?
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