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PolitiFact Concedes Their 'Lie of the Year' is the 'Literal Truth'

6:38 PM, Jan 18, 2013 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Yet, PolitiFact still insists that they can divine a "clear message" from the Romney campaign ad and flatly state the purpose of the ad was to communicate something it doesn't say. PolitiFact's interpretation is directly contravened by the fact the campaign explicitly spelled out the precise nature of their issue with Jeep, which happens to dovetail nicely with what the capaign ad did, in fact, say. They said it was objectionable that Jeep wasn't prioritizing job creation in the U.S.—not that they were accusing Jeep of supplanting American jobs with jobs in China. Those are two very different things.

PolitiFact may disagree with Romney's ad, but they have no real basis to say it's deliberately deceptive -- let alone "Lie of the Year." Tellingly, after conceding Romney's ad was the "literal truth," PolitiFact's response doesn't address any of my substantive criticisms, largely restates what they've previously written on the topic, and asserts that they're justified in sticking with their claim Romney was deliberately deceptive only by citing other fact checkers who—surprise!—came to similar conclusions. They also add, "We found no independent experts who would agree with that claim; they too found the ad deceptive." However, being that PolitiFact seems thoroughly confused and/or wrong about the exact claim the Romney campaign was making, I wouldn't put too much faith in their efforts here.

PolitiFact has a reputation for alternately being unresponsive or inadequately responding to criticisms. And they haven't done anything to remedy that today.

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