Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Lie of the Year: the Romney campaign's ad on Jeeps made in China

The falsehood originated with a conservative blogger and spread when the Drudge Report ran with it.  (Tampa Bay Times illustration)
The falsehood originated with a conservative blogger and spread when the Drudge Report ran with it. (Tampa Bay Times illustration)

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.

PolitiFact has selected Romney's claim that Barack Obama "sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China" at the cost of American jobs as the 2012 Lie of the Year. Click here to read the full story.