"The claims — all wrong — distorted the debate about a serious public health issue," they continued. "Together, they earn our Lie of the Year for 2014."
Conservative commentator George Will theorized Ebola could be spread through sneezing or coughing (False). Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) insisted it was "easy to catch" (Mostly False). Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) worried "illegal migrants" could be bringing it across the U.S. southern border (Pants On Fire). Those were the some of the top examples cited by PolitiFact.
Democrats weren't entirely absolved, however. The fact-checking group also singled out Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor's false claims about his GOP opponent's votes on public health funding, which Pryor then portrayed as voting against "preparing America for pandemics like Ebola." Pryor lost his Senate seat.