Paul Ryan must really have frightened the left, because they can’t just disagree with him, they must discredit him by saying liar, liar, pants on fire. Article after article has appeared purporting to check and expose his terrible lies.
Only trouble is, they’re misrepresenting (otherwise known as “lying”?) about his lies, including what Ryan actually said about the closing of the GM plant in Janesway. Ed Morrissey explains that Ryan clearly acknowledged in his speech that the plant was slated to close before Obama took office:
Ryan acknowledged that the plant had already been slated for shutdown in 2008. That was his point. People voted for him because they thought Obama represented hope to get the plant back in operation. In fact, that had been known since at least February 2008, when Obama came to Janesville to speak, and specifically addressed the plant closure in his remarks, delivered at the plant itself — and promised to keep it and other plants like it open “for the next hundred years.”
Read the whole thing. And also this.
It is clear that, for the most part, fact-checking by the media has become (or maybe it has long been?) an Orwellian proposition.
I don’t know whether this sort of attack works. Liberals are already firmly in Obama’s camp, and conservatives in Romney/Ryan’s, so it’s irrelevant to members of those groups. It’s those pesky Independents and moderates who cannot ever be predicted or understood—at least not by me—and they’re the ones who need to be reached.
My guess is that many of them are still not paying all that much attention, but what do I know? What does grab them politically is a puzzlement to me; how can anyone still be undecided?