Thursday, August 30, 2012
Paul Ryan the job creator: fact checkers needed, even Fox News suggests
“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 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 cow dung that flowed from Ryan’s mouth.”
by Larry Geller
“Cow dung?” Which left-wing, liberal-Commie newspaper accused Paul Ryan of spewing cow dung?
None other than Fox News. They described his speech last night at the Republican National Convention as dazzling, deceiving and distracting. Fox News! Would you believe it?
I quickly saved the article just in case they might think better of it and deleted it.
Fox News listed up a number of lies and problems that perhaps could be described as cow dung, depending on one’s standards of journalism. But they were far from alone in their criticism.
It seems the media had a field day slapping Ryan’s speech with fact checks. See, for example, the list conveniently assembled here by Daily Kos.
So far, I believe Fox News is the only one to sling cow dung at Ryan. A Google search reveals that only the lone article used the phrase “cow dung.” But then a flood of secondary articles reported that Fox used that term to describe Ryan’s speech. It’s kind of like retweets, I suppose. Fox’s epithet gets echoed over and over.
Still, the convention crowd applauded and roared approval during the carefully timed pauses in Ryan’s speech. They always do that. I’m sure he or Romney could promise to stop any asteroids threatening to hit the earth during their time in office, and the crowds would cheer. No one has their brains in gear during these conventions.
But will they later realize that they’ve been cheering a bunch of lies? Probably not. It’s 2012 and the one thing we don’t require in political campaigns this year is the truth.
Maybe, at least some Republicans will read the Fox News story and begin to ask questions. Um, I mean question the candidates, not the reporters. It’s so 2012 to shoot the messenger if one doesn’t like the message, and to praise the candidates, even if they are all liars.
Meh....campaign rhetoric. I went back and re-read the cow dung we were shoveled near four years ago. Only thing that counts is actual performance and we each can make our judgment on that criterium.