Politifact is a project run by the Tampa Bay Times. Its motto or slogan is, "Sorting out the truth in politics." It claims to help you find the truth in Washington and the Obama presidency. Politifact is often cited by BlogCritics (BC) commenters in an effort to bolster their opinions and/or claims. They say that Politifact is objective and always correct. Politifact even publishes its "Lie of the Year." The 2012 "winner" was Governor Mitt Romney's campaign ad about Jeep (now owned by the Italian auto maker, Fiat) producing Jeeps in China.
The entire episode began with a misquoted and interpreted statement, then grew from there. Romney never said that Jeep production was being moved to China. He said, in Toledo, OH, in October 2012, "I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China." [emphasis mine] Thinking and doing are two entirely different actions. But did Politifact let that little FACT stand in its way? To quote John Belushi on SNL, "Nooooooooooooooooo." Nor would (could?) the MSM make the distinction, as well. Politifact even made the Romney campaign ad its "Lie of the Year." Politifact said, "It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign." Just in case y'all have forgotten, here is what Romney's ad said: " Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China." Did Politifact fail, on purpose, to say anything about Romney's statement? No. Instead it chose to focus on the ad alone.