Paul Ryan’s Speech Was So Misleading . . .

by Mark Wilson

“How misleading was it?”

“It was so misleading that even Fox News called him a liar!”

Yes, Fox News — which faithfully repeats RNC talking points as “news” — criticized Ryan’s speech:

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.

Many outlets are reporting on Fox’s unusual step of criticizing a Republican. That in itself is news. While Rush and Sean Hannity like to joke that MSNBC is to the Democratic Party (or as they refer to it, the “Democrat” party), what Democrats claim Fox News is to the Republican Party, only Fox News has been caught — multiple times — receiving and then repeating, verbatim, RNC talking points.

Jon Stewart in particular has done a masterful job of pointing out Fox News’ sleight-of-hand when it comes to spreading speculation as news. When Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly say something during the “opinion” block of the night, the cretins at Fox & Friends report the next morning (during the “news” block) that “some people are saying” exactly what Bill or Hannity said the night before, thereby legitimizing whatever it is they said, whether or not it’s substantiated. “Hey, man, I’m just the messenger” seems to be the attitude that accompanies this deceptive practice.

So it’s interesting to note that Paul Ryan’s lies were so egregious that even Fox News permitted one of its people to write a piece (albeit in the “opinion” section) calling him out for those lies.