Press Wakes Up to Romney’s Lies, Says There’s ‘no excuse’ for ‘astonishingly misleading’ Jeep Ad

Well it’s about time.

The video in question:

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The Romney campaign has jumped the lie shark with their new ad slyly building on the lie that Chrysler is moving Jeep jobs to China. Romney told this easily disproven falsehood to Ohioans at a rally last week. Chrysler pointed out that a “careful and unbiased” understanding “would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.”

When asked to comment on Romney’s claims, the Romney campaign at first refused to comment and then defended the lie with an already debunked Bloomberg article that everyone knows is wrong. The press is not impressed. It seems they have finally met a lie they can’t excuse.

Here’s a roundup of the brutal reaction:

Detroit Free Press: “Not only was the story wrong, Romney took criticism for not knowing better and repeating it without questioning it.”

Toledo Blade: “‘The latest Romney ad, I will grant you, is a clever play on words to avoid saying things that are utterly false,’ Mr. Rattner said, referring to a new Romney ad out today. But he said the implication of the ad is ‘just not true. Chrysler is adding people. It’s made major investments in the Toledo Wrangler plant.’”

Huffington Post: “Where the ad goes from misleading to something more nefarious is in the text it shows. At one point, it displays a line from a Bloomberg story stating that Chrysler “plans to return Jeep output to China,” the implication being that the company is moving operations there as opposed to expanding operations that are already there.”

Wall Street Journal: “So far, the Romney campaign hasn’t issued a public statement on the flap.”

Read more criticism to the video here…

12 comments

  1. Did you actually listen to this video? It clearly states Chrysler was “sold to italian’s who plans on building Jeeps in China” That Italian company is Fiat who owns majority interest in Chrysler. From Bloombery prss Oct 22 . “Fiat SpA (F), majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, plans to return Jeep output to China and may eventually make all of its models in that country, according to the head of both automakers’ operations in the region. ”
    -the person I am quoting above is Mike Manely, CEO of Fiat and Chrysler in Asia. Also, Manely states that Chrysler has not built Jeeps in China before Fiat took control in 2009. So if anyone doesnt want to believe the actual CEO of chrysler in Asia? The add is fair and while unfairly blames Obama, it does correctly repeat the quote of CEO-Asia of Fiat regarding plans to build jeep in China.

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    1. Chrysler execs denied Romney’s version of the facts. According to them, Fiat/Chrysler have cars made over seas to accomodate the local populations. Romney lied. Period. Dozens of news media and news personalities are in a consensus on this one.

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    2. That version of the “moving Jeep production to China” was produced after (and to mitigate) Romney’s express unequivocal lie in a speech the day before where he said Jeep plans to move all its production to China. I heard him with my own ears. There’s a tape of that somewhere too.

      “A half truth is a whole lie.” Yiddish Proverb.

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