Talk show host Tavis Smiley bemoaned politicians and the media for Ebola fear-mongering on ABC's This Week Sunday, saying things aren't as bad as people are claiming.
About the same time on Fox News Sunday, conservative columnist George Will stoked panic by saying doctors now think that Ebola could spread through the air via a cough or a sneeze.
"The problem is the original assumption was — 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 now doctors who are saying we're not so sure that it can't be in some senses transmitted by airborne."...
The spread of Ebola in West Africa, and now into Dallas, has stoked plenty of misinformation about the Ebola virus, its origins and the government's response.
PolitiFact and PunditFact have been fact-checking claims about the Ebola outbreak since July. Here are our top five falsehoods.
1 No, illegal immigrants haven't carried Ebola across the border.
In July, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., wrote to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claiming that people are crossing the southern U.S. border carrying Ebola, citing "reports."...
News that a Texas hospital worker has Ebola dominated the news shows Sunday, with networks stoking fears that the virus could continue to spread in the United States.
On CNN's State of the Union, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told viewers that the latest developments directly contradict the assurances of President Barack Obama and his administration.
"We were told there would never be a case of Ebola in the United States," McCain said....
Conservatives on Sunday wanted to discuss people's waning faith in government.
On CNN's State of the Union, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., rattled off a laundry list of failures of Congress and President Barack Obama. On Fox News Sunday, conservative pundit George Will compared the mind-set of Americans today with the Ronald Reagan years.
Graham was asked what Republicans should prioritize if they take control of the Senate in the midterm elections....
The debate about the airstrikes in Syria continued Sunday as pundits compared President Barack Obama to President George W. Bush and wondered why Congress is currently in recess.
On CNN's State of the Union, political commentator LZ Granderson said Obama is losing favor among his base because of his recent foreign policy decisions. In 2008, Obama supporters were tired of the wars started under Bush and were hoping that a new president would bring them to a close....
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is facing plenty of questions about his handling of a domestic violence investigation into NFL running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely last week after video showed him hitting his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator.
Reports suggest the NFL did little to acquire the video, which was first published by gossip website TMZ.com, or that the NFL had the video in its possession all along....
Republicans say President Barack Obama's decision to pull U.S. armed forces out of Iraq created an incubator that allowed the Islamic State to thrive.
But according to ABC's Martha Raddatz, Obama himself wanted to keep troops stationed in the Middle Eastern powder keg.
The Obama administration originally "wanted 10,000 troops to remain in Iraq," Raddatz said Sunday on ABC's This Week. "Not combat troops, but military advisers (and) special operations forces, to watch the counterterrorism effort."...
The Sunday shows turned to Washington's de facto Republican foreign policy experts, U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, to evaluate the situation in Iraq.
Their prognosis: America faces an imminent threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and President Barack Obama's policies are failing. McCain said Obama's decision to remove U.S. forces from Iraq created a "vacuum of American leadership throughout the Middle East."...
Pundits and politicians in Washington spent Sunday talking about why we're talking about impeachment.
Democrats point the finger at conservatives such as former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who have raised the possibility of impeaching President Barack Obama for what they describe as abuse of his executive power.
Republicans blame Democrats for stoking an imaginary crisis, using the words of Palin and others as a fundraising gimmick and scare tactic....
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended military operations in Gaza on Sunday, while U.S. officials debated what should be done in Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists continue to cause turmoil.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., appeared on CNN's State of the Union and criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the situation in Ukraine and the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash....
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on all five major Sunday news shows making a strong case that Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and that Russia is complicit in the separatists' actions.
"Russia has armed the separatists. Russia has trained the separatists," Kerry told ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos....
Politicians and pundits tried to find someone to blame Sunday for the influx of thousands of Central American children at the southern border of the United States, with Republicans singling out President Barack Obama for sending a "message" that America wouldn't enforce its immigration laws.
On Fox News Sunday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said "the message is, 'Hey come on up here, everything is great, they're taking care of us.' " On Meet the Press, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took Perry's thought a step further. "We have a president who said, 'Hey, if you come, you're going to be able to stay, because we're not going to enforce the law.' "...
Bill Clinton still wanted to talk about his family's wealth in a taped interview Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, defending Hillary Rodham Clinton for saying the two were "dead broke" after leaving the White House.
Speaking with NBC host David Gregory from Denver, Clinton said it is "factually true" that his family was several million dollars in debt when the Clintons left the White House. (The public record doesn't prove that conclusively, we previously found.)...
Former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed the foreign policy of President Barack Obama on Sunday, saying the United States is less safe because of what he termed Obama's indifference in the Middle East.
"I don't intend any disrespect for the president, but I fundamentally disagree with him," Cheney said on ABC's This Week. "I think he's dead wrong in terms of the course he's taken this nation, and I think we're in for big trouble in the years ahead because of his refusal to recognize reality and because of his continual emphasis upon getting the U.S. basically to withdraw from that part of the world."...
As Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl recuperates at a military hospital in Germany and the five Taliban soldiers swapped for him enjoy their first days of freedom in Qatar, pundits and politicians on Sunday continued to debate whether the prisoner exchange was wise.
Critics of the prisoner swap were careful not to criticize President Barack Obama's decision to try and rescue Bergdahl, despite Bergdahl's decision to allegedly walk off a U.S. military base. Rather, they centered on the terms of the deal, in which the United States traded the five Taliban detainees, some of whom are considered high risk....