Don’t be deceived by its name. Politifact, a supposedly unbiased fact-checking organization, is just like every other major news outlet: leftist. See, it’s a part of the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) which, by anyone’s definition, is one of the most liberal newspapers in the country. A few weeks ago, Politifact dubbed a Mitt Romney campaign commercial to be the “lie of the year”. But as it turns out, it was true. Oops.
From The Weekly Standard:
Last month, PolitiFact selected its “Lie of the Year.” Given PolitiFact’s dubious record of singling out Republicans for lying far more often than Democrats, you probably could have guessed the winner of this particular sweepstakes was a Mitt Romney campaign ad:
It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign — that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China. It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted an accurate news story into a falsehood. Then it picked up steam when the Drudge Report ran with it. Even though Jeep’s parent company gave a quick and clear denial, Mitt Romney repeated it and his campaign turned it into a TV ad.
And they stood by the claim, even as the media and the public expressed collective outrage against something so obviously false.
“Public expressed collective outrage”? That’s essentially wishcasting on the part of PolitiFact, nor are they accurately representing what Mitt Romney said in the ad. In fact, here’s PolitiFact’s original “fact check” on the matter:
[Mitt Romney] Says Barack Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China” at the cost of American jobs.
Ok. Now here’s what the Reuters reported earlier this week:
Fiat (FIA.MI) and its U.S. unit Chrysler expect to roll out at least 100,000 Jeeps in China when production starts in 2014 as they seek to catch up with rivals in the world’s biggest car market. …
“We expect production of around 100,000 Jeeps per year which is expandable to 200,000,” [Chrysler CEO Sergio] Marchionne, who is also CEO of Chrysler, said on the sidelines of a conference, adding production could start in 18 months.
So, yes, it’s confirmed that Jeep will be producing cars in China. According to the Toledo Blade last November:
Currently, Jeeps sell in more than 120 countries around the world, including China. They’re nearly all built in factories in the United States.
By expanding Jeep production to China, instead of increasing Jeep production in the U.S., it’s safe to say Jeep (or more properly, Fiat, which now owns Chrysler) is choosing to create more jobs overseas instead of in America where taxpayers bailed the company out.
Do not listen to these so-called fact-checkers. They’re not actually checking facts. All they do is cherry pick things to push a liberal narrative. That’s it. Sure, in order to retain credibility among those who don’t play close attention, they’ll occasionally do their jobs. But always know who they are. They are partisan leftists with an agenda. There is no other way around it.
UPDATE: Politifact concedes, calls Romney ad the ‘literal truth.’ I wonder if they’ll issue a well-publicized a retraction. I’m not going to hold my breath.