For perhaps the first time in recent history, FOX News, the unabashed propaganda tool of the far right, has published news that one of their own, GOP Boy Wonder and Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, has told numerous lies in his Convention speech.
The real news is not that a politician lied (as if THAT is news!), but that the FOX network actually reported this as news. Normally they would rally their talking heads to defend their love child and attack all the “lying liberal Mainstream Media.” But they didn’t. (UPDATE: In a different FOX News article online, they did. Gotta pander to “the base.”)
This puts the propaganda network in full agreement with CNN, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, HuffPost, MaddowBlog, Washington Post, NY Times, The New Republic, Bloomberg News, Associated Press, BBC News, and even NPR.
What Hath God Wrought?
New York Magazine: “Paul Ryan Bets on the Ignorance of America”
Bloomberg: “Paul Ryan’s Hypocritical Attack on Barack Obama”
The Washington Post: “Paul Ryan’s breathtakingly dishonest speech”
The New Republic: “The Most Dishonest Convention Speech … Ever?”
Predictably, more honestly liberal sources such as Huffington Post and Rachel Maddow’s blog posted the inaccuracies online at the speed of cyber-space.
But FOX News? The “Fair and Balanced” network, that features Bill O’Reilly cutting off his guest’s microphone, when he gets his ass kicked logically?
What appears below is verbatim from FOX News. No, really:
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 Ryan insisted that President Obama wants to give all the credit for private sector success to government, that isn’t what the president said. Period.
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.
Elections should be about competing based on your record in the past and your vision for the future, not competing to see who can get away with the most lies and distortions without voters noticing or bother to care. Both parties should hold themselves to that standard. Republicans should be ashamed that there was even one misrepresentation in Ryan’s speech but sadly, there were many.
- FOX News is trying to change its image, and develop actual journalistic integrity, or
- It was a mistake.
How could a mistake such as this happen? Plenty of ways, really. The writer, Sally Kohn, is an occasional contributor, and I would imagine she submits her stories online. There is likely an editorial process that also occurs online, and it’s not hard to imagine a keyboard being accidentally “fat-fingered,” and publishing the story entirely by accident. Or a hacker could have done it.