Politifact: ‘Um…About Our Lie Of The Year-It’s The Literal Truth’
January 18, 2013 - 4:40 pm
Earlier today, I wrote that a lengthy critique pointing out the inconvienent fact that PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year — “The Romney campaign’s ad on Jeeps made in China” — turns out to be true. It involves a lot of complicated back and forth, so I encourage you to read that post if you’re not familiar with what’s going on. But the thrust of the matter is that the Romney campaign ran an ad saying that Jeep, the recipient of a taxpayer bailout, was going to start producing cars in China. Well, now PolitiFact has responded to my criticism, albeit obliquely, and their response leaves a lot to be desired:
“Our story focused on the clear message of the Romney campaign’s ad, that jobs in the United States were being moved to China, or perhaps that Jeep was moving its entire operations to China. That is not the case and has never been the case.”
Politifact tries to dodge the issue by saying they were addressing the implication of the ad rather than what the ad actually said. This “lie” got a lot of attention from the lapdog media after one of the presidential debates too.
A cynic might say that Obama supporters (i.e. auto bailout recipients) may have been purposely delaying bad news until after the election. This hardly seems like a decision that was made just in the last few weeks.
Meanwhile, the 2011 “Lie Of The Year” is still a lie and will likely be used again.