Friday, August 31, 2012

UK: Ryan called out for lies

PJ:  During the 2008 election, Sarah Palin said that she was honest but it was clear to many, including the McCain campaign, that she lied constantly. She lied about not supporting the 'bridge to nowhere' when she had actually supported it...she lied about building a pipeline that to this day has yet to be built...she lied saying that her husband had never been a member of a Secessionist
political party* when he had indeed been a member for more than six years** (and she neglected to say that she was a supporter of that party as a video *** that she had produced clearly proved)...she lied about being vindicated of all wrong doing in her Troopergate ruling when the bi-partisan commission charged with the investigation had found her guilty.   Her fans said she was honest because she said that she was; they ignored the reality.  

Is Paul Ryan using the same formula for his VP run? He says that he only speaks the hard truth then lies to make his points.  Will Republicans blindly defend him because he says that he's honest even when caught in lies.  Will his supporters defend him for no other reason than partisan loyalty? 
Does the truth no longer have a place in US politics? 



The Telegraph

US election 2012: Paul Ryan attacked for 'lies' about Obama

Paul Ryan was facing a backlash on Thursday as critics seized on a number of distortions and factual inaccuracies scattered throughout his speech to the Republican convention.

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Even Fox News, the staunchly conservative cable network, published a column by a liberal commentator accusing Mr Ryan of trying to "set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech."
The Wisconsin congressman gave a harrowing account of the closure of General Motors plant in his hometown of Janesville, saying "a lot of guys I went to high school with" lost their jobs after President Barack Obama failed to keep a campaign promise to keep the factory open.
In fact, Mr Obama made no such promise and the factory closed its doors in December 2008 – one month before the President took office.
Mr Ryan also attacked Mr Obama for not heeding the recommendations of a bipartisan commission tasked with forging a plan to reduce America's federal deficit.

The President did ignore the commission's findings but so did Mr Ryan. The congressman served as a member of the committee but refused to endorse its final report and blocked its recommendations from being voted on by Congress.

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