And, here is how Politifact characterized the entire Romney statement/ad episode:
"The ad miscasts the government's role in Fiat's acquisition of Chrysler, and it misrepresents the outcome. Chrysler's owners had been trying to sell to Italy-based Fiat before Obama took office. The ad ignores the return of American jobs to Chrysler Jeep plants in the United States, and it presents the manufacture of Jeeps in China as a threat, rather than an opportunity to sell cars made in China to Chinese consumers. It strings together facts in a way that presents an wholly inaccurate picture."
Politifact even wrote, "Let's set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China."
Well, guess what? Fiat announced that it will, indeed, be making Jeeps in China, beginning with the 2014 year models. The deal is a joint venture between GAC Group, Fiat Group Automobiles SpA, and Chrysler Group International LLC. Jeep already sells several imported (made in the US) models in China, but the venture says it will build Jeeps in China for the Chinese market. The Chinese car market is currently the largest in the world. So, instead of increasing Jeep production in the US, Fiat chose to create more jobs in China. Who woulda thunk it? I'm sure the people in Toledo are quite happy about that decision.
And Chrysler, of which Jeep is a part, got a taxpayer funded bailout.
Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard said:
"It [Politifact] implies that it would be better for Jeep to create more jobs in the U.S. in the short-term, instead of expanding overseas production. So in the end, PolitiFact's beef with the Romney ad was an entirely argumentative disagreement about what course of action Jeep should take, not a factual objection to Romney's true statement [as Politifact and the MSM chose to interpret it] that Jeep was going to start building cars in China."
Hemmingway also said of Politifact (and other "fact" checkers) that they "aren't about checking facts so much as they are about a rearguard action to keep inconvenient truths out of the conversation."