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Jeepers, Mitt Romney Wins for PolitiFact Lie of The Year
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)

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

By W. Gardner Selby December 12, 2012

Click here to read a detailed look back at PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year for 2012.

But there’s more--a minute-by-minute tick-tock of how this falsehood--Mitt Romney’s declaration that Jeep was moving production to China--originated and stuck around, despite repeated denials by Chrysler and blowback in news accounts. The timeline runs from 11:10 a.m. Oct. 22 through Nov. 6, Election Day.

Separately, readers favored commentator Rush Limbaugh’s claim that Obamacare amounts to the biggest tax increase in world history as the Lie of the Year.

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