Paul Ryan was awarded a gold medal by Fox News and it wasn’t for delivering blunt honesty in such a way that made it palatable to the American public. Instead, the award was given for the number of lies Ryan told during his prime time speech.
Fox Contributor, Sally Kohn writes:
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.
Kohn went on to fact check Ryan:
- 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 shutdown 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.
Paul Ryan is a devoted disciple of an ideology who is more concerned with winning than with being truthful or accurate when speaking to the American people. In Ryan’s mind, the end justifies the means, which was the same mindset communists had as they watched their entire world collapse when they clung to their communist beliefs.
The changes Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to make are sweeping; shut down the government, enact a flat tax, and choose war before seeking peace, and they have not been working. While Paul Ryan may be a student of both Marx and Friedman, he fails to realize that they are not science but religion, a religion that makes normally smart and practical people do really stupid and confused things.
The bottom line is this: When Fox News fact checks you and calls you out for being a liar, then yes, your attempt at winning over America was an epic fail. (source)