Still reaching for the Platonic ideal of journalistic mush, The Hill reports on Paul Ryan's perpetual defense of his indefensible convention speech. Regarding, specifically, the Janesville lie:
Critics of the speech ... noted that the plant effectively closed on December 23, 2008, after Obama’s election, but before he took office.
In other words, for critics, but only for critics, the plant closed in 2008. For non-critics, the plant may have closed some other time. Other than the fact that the plant definitely, indisputably, unquestionably closed in 2008, no independent assessment of its actual closing is possible.
So we're left with a profound mystery, whose resolution is properly left to partisan mudwrestling.