I kid you not. I just read this at FoxNews.com. Wow! The article starts out by saying it can break Paul Ryan's speech down to three words. When I saw that the first word was "Dazzling," I thought, oh here we go. It's going to be a glowing review of the speech that Paul Ryan gave before the GOP convention tonight. But then I got to the second word describing the speech: Deceiving!
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. On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.The article then goes on to actually provide fact-checks about the lies Ryan told in the speech. The third word? Distracting! And then the article goes on to describe all the things Ryan didn't talk about like abortion, a his votes for under George Bush and wanting to privatize Social Security. Wow! Somebody pinch me. I think I've just entered the twilight zone.
The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of questionable statements that flowed from Ryan’s mouth. Said fact checkers have already condemned certain arguments that Ryan still irresponsibly repeated.
And Fox News wasn't the only news organization to call out Paul Ryan for his lies. The top article at Google News is a post by Jonathan Bernstein for The Plum by Greg Sargent at The Washington Post. Bernstein too lists a litany of the lies that Ryan told tonight, ending the post with this observation:
But really, the proper response to a speech like this isn’t to carefully analyze the logic, or to find instances of hypocracy; it’s to call the speaker out for telling flat-out lies to the American people. Paul Ryan has had what I’ve long thought was an undeserved good reputation among many in the press and in Washington. It shouldn’t survive tonight’s speech.
In other news today, the Obama campaign introduced this new online video just in time for the Ryan speech tonight.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Would Take Us Back—We Can't Afford That
Perhaps the GOP was looking to build a Mitt Romney reminiscent of a bygone era. If that's so, this video produced by the Obama Campaign for web sharing in the style of the old black and white newsreels they used to show at the movies before television was a household item does a much better job of defining the Romney-Ryan ticket.
Narrator: Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential candidate. Mr. Ryan is new to the national scene. Out-of-Step Views from a Bygone Era! He is known as the author of the extreme GOP Budget.
Video of Paul Ryan: The Path to Prosperity.
Narrator One that many say, hurts the middle-class.
Fox Panel: One of the things that Paul Ryan's plan makes very clear is that the sacrifice will come from the middle-class and the poor.
Narrator: What exactly does his plan do?
Video of Wolf Blitzer: What Paul Ryan has done would be ending Medicare as we know it.
Response from Pundit (I don't know her name): The Paul Ryan Medicare Plan turns Medicare into a voucher system.
Video of Krystal Ball: Paul Ryan would cut Pell Grants for college students by $170 billion dollars and cut off a million students over the next decade.
Narrator: Even as it makes these dramatic cuts, it cuts taxes for the nation's millionaires and billionaires.
Video of Bob Schieffer interviewing Paul Ryan: You actually want to lower taxes on the wealthy.
Voice of Ed Schultz: It gives a 4.3 Trillion dollar tax cut to the wealthiest in this country.
Narrator: What's, perhaps, most important for the American public to understand are Paul Ryan's views towards woman.
Female guest on news show: Paul Ryan's vision for the United States is fiercely and harshly anti-female.
Voice of Male Commentator: He helped sponsor anti-abortion legislation that used the term "forcible rape."
Voice of Another Male Commentator: Ryan also voted four times to defund Planned Parenthood.
Video of Joan Walsh: Paul Ryan just the other day said well the method of conception doesn't matter as though rape is just another method of conception.
Narrator: It's clear that Paul Ryan's vision for America is one that will take the nation back to a very different era.
On Screen: Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan Would Take Us Back.
On Screen: WE CAN'T AFFORD THAT. WrongForTheMiddleClass.com