The emergence of Ebola in the United States sparked a political and media frenzy, but many of the claims made were far from accurate. Collectively, they are PolitiFact's 2014 Lie of the Year.
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We heard claims that Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border and that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy. Those claims, and others, collectively earn our Lie of the Year for 2014.
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PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman discusses the Lie of the Year
We'll announce our Lie of the Year "winner" next week. Here, we answer five frequently asked questions.
A look back at previous years' winners
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