Whoa whoa, someone over at Faux News is going rogue and taking up the cause of “facts.”
There are two good pieces out this morning about Paul Ryan’s speech at the RNC last night: one is on Salon, titled “Paul Ryan’s Brazen Lies,” and one is on Fox News, called “Paul Ryan’s Speech in 3 Words.” The second one does a better job of calling out Ryan on the lies he told last night.
The first of Fox’s “3 Words” is “dazzling,” and it starts off like a typical puff piece, praising his “energy and enthusiasm” and his ability to make himself “seem likeable.”
But the next word is “deceiving,” where writer Sally Kohn lines up facts next to Ryan’s lies. Seriously—it’s a gratifying litany. You should really read the whole thing, but here are some highlights:
Fact: While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.
Fact: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the plant was actually closed under President George W. Bush. Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to prevent other plants from closing.
Fact: Though Paul Ryan accused President Obama of taking $716 billion out of Medicare, the fact is that that amount was savings in Medicare reimbursement rates (which, incidentally, save Medicare recipients out-of-pocket costs, too) and Ryan himself embraced these savings in his budget plan.
It’s good stuff.
Either Rupert Murdoch is making a calculated bet that the extreme distortion and lies by Ryan and his faction of the party are a turn-off to viewers and will cost him in ratings, or Fox News finally found a candidate so full of bullshit they’re drawing a line in the sand.
And that’s saying something when you’ve got Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin on staff.
Nice work, Sally Kohn. Check here for another interesting read on how Ryan’s voting record actually helped create $6.8 trillion in deficits.
UPDATE: Redditor Cranktheguy accurately points out this piece has been buried on Fox News’s site. Though it’s not posted anywhere on the home page, it is the top story in their “trending” module as of 12:52pm, 8/30/12. Nice job, internet.