In RNC Speech, Paul Ryan Lies “7 or 8″ Times, Accuses Obama of Killing Debt Commission That He Himself Killed
If you’ve made the news rounds today, then you know how Paul Ryan’s speech has been received by the media; good, but woefully dishonest. As a matter of fact, the Washington Post described Ryan’s speech as breathtakingly dishonest:
Yesterday, at an ABC News panel, Mitt Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” Wednesday’s speech from Paul Ryan certainly took that disdain for truth to heart, as his address was filled with falsehoods from start to finish.
This from Gawker, which took issues with CNN pundits praising a speech that they themselves admitted was wrought with factual errors:
“A powerful speech” with only “seven or eight” facts to dispute? Sounds like a winner.
Erin Burnett agreed — “There will be issues with some of the facts. But it motivated people.” And in the end, isn’t “precise, clear, and passionate” more important than truthful?
And Salon.com has already done a thorough takedown of all of Ryan’s lies, including the one where he accused Obama of killing the debt commission that he himself killed:
He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville GM plant that closed under Bush in 2008. He hit him for a credit-rating downgrade that S&P essentially blamed on GOP intransigence. He claimed that all taxpayers got from the 2009 stimulus was “more debt,” when most got a tax cut (and the stimulus is known to have saved between 1.4 and 3.3 million jobs). He derided the president for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations.
It would seem that no one bought what Ryan was selling, since even Fox News called him out. It is unprecedented that almost every media outlet has come out this morning recounting Ryan’s lies in his RNC speech. That will be the legacy of the Romney-Ryan ticket.
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