Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Romney's "Jeep" lies in Ohio not going over well with the media

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Mitt Romney "pirouettes more than a ballerina," said Vice President Biden. That's an artful way to put it. In truth, Romney is a shameless liar -- and never more so than right now in Ohio, where, desperate to win that state, his relentless deluge of dishonesty is on full display with his remarks, and ads, about the auto industry and specifically his entirely false claim that Chrysler is planning on moving its Jeep production to China.

Presumably, Romney is counting on fearmongering voters over to his side with little to no pushback from the media. He's gotten away with much of his lying, both during the Republican primaries earlier this year and now during the general election campaign, but this time the media, to their credit, aren't playing along. First the national media pushed back, and now local Ohio media are pushing back even harder. Greg Sargent:

This is hardly a comprehensive look at the local coverage, but it does suggest the possibility that Romney's Jeep-to-China gamble may be backfiring. Polls have shown that large numbers of Ohioans don't think Romney cares about their needs and problems. And the Obama campaign views the auto bailout, and Romney's dishonesty about it, as central to their closing case against Romney's character, integrity, and true priorities. So these are exactly the headlines the Obama team wants.

He's referring to headlines in such papers as The Blade (Toledo) and The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), the latter of which published an editorial entitled "Flailing in Ohio, Romney rolls out Jeep ploy."

As Jack Watkins writes at Addicting Info: "Already having cemented his reputation as perhaps the most fluid, craven 'flip-flopper' in American presidential political history, Mitt has now sowed up his reputation as the most bold-faced liar as well."

And it's not even close. 

(For more on this, see Mustang Bobby: "This story will probably get buried by all the coverage of the storm on the East Coast, but it is good to see that even the press is finally coming around to calling bullshit on something when they're up to their knees in it.")

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  • On the more general issue: don't you think all of this makes Romney look bad? Every time there is a crisis, rather than step up and at least appear like a serious leader, he panders in the worst way. If this guy is elected, the demagoguery of the Bush years will look like the good ol' days.

    By Anonymous Frankly Curious, at 12:44 AM  

  • I'm confused - American motors began producing Jeep Cherokees in China in 1985 and negotiations had begun under American Motors' ownership in 1979. Was that during the George Romney years? I don't know. I rode in a brand new one in Beijing in 1995. Chrysler produced the Beijing Jeep until 2009 and plans, now under FIAT ownership to resume production They may already have done so.

    Now Chrysler is owned by FIAT, an italian company and Jeeps have been produced in China, specifically modified for the Chinese market, for 27 years. If Fiat were to be so suicidal as to stop building their most profitable part of Chrysler, what would that have to do with Obama?

    The only thing worse than a liar is a bad liar and that he thinks we're going to believe all of this is insulting.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 10:35 AM  

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