Well, I didn’t expect much. So, I’m not disappointed. As noted in my post, I contacted Politifact for a response. Here it is…..
I think you need to read our complete report as this is discussed in our story from December.
To that, I responded in this manner…..
Dear Mz Holan,
Thanks for responding.
I have read your report, and re-read it. It’s an interesting form of a strawman argument and conflation of statements. Further, while you people did a fine job in detailing some history, you managed to entirely ignore other parts of the greater discussion.
You claim the ad was the “Lie of the Year”. But, it was the speech with which you had difficulties with. Yes, it is shocking that our politicians would state mistruths in a speech. But, that’s not what you called the “Lie of the Year”.
Reviewing the ad, again, we see that there is no misstatement of facts. And, in fact, we see Romney’s claim of Fiat opening Jeep production in China coming to fruition.
Now, contrast this to the Obama’s campaign and their frequent accusations towards Bain Capitol and tying Romney to Bain’s business in China and other places. Is doing business in China a good thing or a bad thing? Apparently, in the minds of Obama supporters, such as Politifact, it is a good thing when Obama’s fingerprints are on it, but bad when Romney’s and presumably any other persons with whom you ideologically disagree.
Obama did insist on selling Chrysler to the Italians. Chrysler did go through the bankruptcy managed by Obama. Jeep production in China will happen.
Further, I don’t know the criteria used for consideration of the “Lie of the Year”, but seeing that it isn’t confined to campaign seasons, I’m even more shocked by this selection. How about imaginary protests leading to the deaths of Americans on foreign soil? You did mention the Obama add insinuating Romney had been running amok killing spouses of steel workers, but some how, statements of facts trump the ‘angel of death’ accusations in consideration for “Lie of the Year”.
But, just so we’re clear, is it your and Politifact’s position that statements of facts are lies more egregious than outright lies?
I don’t have a problem with political advocacy. I engage in it all the time. The difference is, I don’t pretend to be unbiased, and I try to convince people to see things my way, not by advancing lies, but engaging in a factual discussion. For outfits such as Politifact, it is impossible to do because, for you, facts are lies and lies are facts. It concerns me that in a small way, you people are helping build some Orwellian dystopia which has made people all too comfortable in saying anything to advance a political ideology without regard to the truth.
I’ll keep you all posted if there are further exchanges.