AUTHOR: OCTOBER 12, 2014 9:29 PM

John McCain, making his usual rounds on the Sunday morning talk shows, had much to say about the latest outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. and while he didn’t exactly blame the President, he did say that we were told there would be no Ebola in the United States. How anyone could say with 100% certainty that there would be no spread of a contagious disease in one part of the world, I have no idea, and as it turns out, it’s not what was said at all.

“Americans have to be reassured here,” McCain said on Oct. 12, 2014. “I don’t think we are comforted by the fact that we were told there would never be a case of Ebola in the United States, and obviously that’s not correct.”


Politifact researched it. They found many instances of people talking about Ebola, but not a single one in which anyone said it would “never” get here.

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As far as we can tell, the CDC and the President Barack Obama’s message has been the same throughout the epidemic, which began in Africa in December: It’s possible a case might make its way to the United States, but a full-fledged outbreak is highly unlikely.

Politifact rated McCain’s statement as “false.”

On another Sunday talk show, NBC’s Chuck Todd criticized the media for doing the exact opposite of what McCain is talking about. After playing several examples of people playing the fear card, Todd calls it irresponsible. Todd even accused Republicans of using people’s fears to “nationalize the election.”

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