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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Brian’s been lyin: Misleading Obama ad about man who’s been working since 2006

Obama Ad Claims to Have Helped Man Get a Job, but Man Claims Employment Since 2006

4:00 PM, May 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER

Matt Negrin of ABC reports that "A new ad by Obama tells the story of Brian Slagle, an autoworker in Ohio who says he was laid off and 'scared to death' until the president swooped in to save the industry."

In the spot, Slagle says, "Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. ... He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him." The ad is meant to praise Obama's auto bailout for saving jobs.

Indeed, it appears, via Facebook, that Slagle is an employee at Johnson Controls, a Wisconsin company that "create[s] quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles," according to its website.

But the ad itself seems to be misleading. It is not because of Obama's auto bailout that Slagle has a job. In fact, Slagle has been employed with Johnson Controls since February 2006, according to his own Facebook page:

Slagle has since taken down his employment information from his Facebook page, but not before these screenshots were taken.

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