Fact Check: Washington Post Calls Romney Jeep Ad ‘Correct’
The Washington Post Fact Checker has declared that Mitt Romney’s television ad about Jeep production being moved overseas, which has “hurt” the “feelings” of the Obama campaign and the left, is “factually defensible” and “technically correct.”
Actually, the Fact Checker’s Glenn Kessler gave the Jeep ad four Pinocchios, somehow conveying a verdict of gross dishonesty, despite the fact that no statement in Romney’s ad is incorrect. But my headline conveys the “overall impression” of Kessler’s article–which is the standard he uses to attack Romney.
Here is the naked truth about Romney’s claims about Jeep. Romney was wrong to say, in a speech in Ohio last week, that Jeep is moving “all” production to China. That statement, even if it was just a slip, was worthy of correction.
But the Jeep ad airing in Ohio makes no such statement. It says that Chrysler, Jeep’s parent, was sold “to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China.” That is 100% correct, and has been since 2010, as Tony Lee pointed out yesterday. It is also true that “Fact checkers confirm that [Obama’s] attacks on Mitt Romney [on the auto bailout] are false” and that Romney “is supported by Lee Iacocca and the Detroit News.”