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George Will Gets "Lie of the Year" for Misreading U of M Ebola Article

Conservative columnist George Will spouted an impressive amount of nonsense this year

Conservative columnist George Will spouted an impressive amount of nonsense this year

Washington Post windbag George Will went on Fox News during the height of the Ebola scare and claimed the deadly disease could spread through airborne particles, much like the flu, directly contradicting medical experts.

When he was pressed to reveal his source, Will cited a University of Minnesota commentary taken completely out of context.

See also: No, the University of Minnesota Isn't Saying Ebola Is Suddenly Airborne

That episode in shoddy punditry helped earn him the "Misinformer of the Year" crown from Media Matters and took center stage as "Exaggerations about Ebola" won PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year."

The U of M had to put out a statement clarifying that it didn't publish anything saying Ebola is transmittable through airborne particles when Will and other conservatives began sourcing their falsities.

Making matters worse, nobody with the U wrote the actual article; it was written by professors from the University of Illinois-Chicago and republished on Minnesota's website. So it goes when you're sucked into the internet wormhole.

Congrats to Will for his new trophy -- maybe he'll put it next to his 1977 Pulitzer! -- and our sympathies to the U of M for getting caught up in such nonsense.

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