Politifact Calls Factually Accurate Romney Jeep Ad ‘Lie Of The Year’
On Wednesday, self-described “objective” fact-checking organization Politifact announced that its 2012 “Lie of the Year” was a factually accurate Romney campaign commercial that accused President Barack Obama of taking Chrysler into bankruptcy and selling it to Italians “who are going to build Jeeps in China.”
After the ad aired during the last week of October in Ohio, liberal publications like Mother Jones acknowledged that every word of the ad was “true.” So did mainstream media outlets like the Christian Science Monitor.
The part of the ad that caused the controversy was the claim that:
Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.
Politifact strangely acknowledged that the controversy “started as a line in a speech about where an American brand of car would be made” before it “blew up into a lie heard by voters well beyond Ohio.”