Okay, I expected Paul Ryan’s speech to be less than honest and straightforward, but I didn’t expect him to distort the facts quite so blatantly. Gov. Romney, on the other hand, I fully expect him to shovel baldfaced lies with both hands. But somehow I got the opinion that Ryan was a principled ideologue — that he’d lay out his appalling agenda with pride because he believed in it so strongly.
Happily, several news organizations recognized what was going on. The New York Times, for example, wrote the following:
The Romney campaign … has developed a counterstrategy: Don’t change the plans, but don’t talk about them, either. Instead, invent a phony attack on President Obama’s policies, which are public in full detail, and hope that voters get so confused that they throw up their hands and cast their vote on some other issue or on emotion.
But then, of course, there is FOX News — a faux news organization that can be reliably counted on to support the Republican party line (or, just as often, to actually shape the Republican party line). They found Ryan to be “a smart, passionate and all-around nice guy — the sort of guy you can imagine having a friendly chat with while watching your kids play soccer together.” It’s exactly the sort of non-substantive bullshit you expect from the blathering dolts at FOX Ne…wait a moment. What’s this? What’s this from FOX?
On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.
Yeah, I double-checked. That’s actually from FOX News. I dunno…maybe it got into there by accident? Maybe some over-worked editor just missed it during the excitement of being in Tampa in August? Maybe what happened was…no, no, wait…there’s more:
Ryan may have helped solve some of the likeability problems facing Romney, but ultimately by trying to deceive voters about basic facts and trying to distract voters from his own record, Ryan’s speech caused a much larger problem for himself and his running mate.
Holy crap. FOX News has kicked Paul Ryan squarely in the balls. It’s like the magnetic poles have reversed on the planet. It’s like the Mississippi River is running north. It’s like Professor Moriarty has packed a healthy lunch for Sherlock Holmes and tucked a scarf around his neck to keep out the chill. What the FUCK is going on here?
UPDATE: I’m happy to report it’s not just the NY Times and FOX News who are reporting that Rep. Ryan’s speech was maggot-ridden with lies. Several major news outlets are featuring similar articles.
It’s not really news, of course. The Romney-Ryan campaign has relied on lies in most of their television advertisement for some time. But it’s interesting that the news media is finally reporting it — and doubly interesting that this change in reportage comes on the day Gov. Romney is to make his acceptance speech. Will Romney, tonight, be able to repeat the same lies for which his running mate is currently being excoriated?