Paul Ryan’s Horrible Janesville ‘Lie’: Accurately Quoting the President and Recounting Actual Events
Several of the statements made in Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s RNC address Wednesday night have triggered strong reactions from the Obama campaign and its surrogates throughout the media. One of the biggest points of contention is Ryan’s anecdote about a GM plant in his hometown of
Jaynestown Janesville, Wisconsin, which closed just months after being visited by then-candidate Barack Obama.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina responded to the story by accusing Ryan of “dishonestly attack[ing] Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin — a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush,” while some journalists and media “fact-checkers” have written their own context into Ryan’s remarks in order to claim them false.
Let’s look at exactly what Obama said, what Ryan said, and then at what happened.
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Hypocrisy is Not the Word
Amidst the immediate aftermath of last year’s shooting in Tucson, Arizona and this year’s massacre in Aurora, Colorado, some liberal media figures attempted to pin the violence on “right wing extremists,” the Tea Party, and even Sarah Palin. This, despite the fact that it was clear within a few hours of both attacks that the shooters were deranged and had no coherent political motive. Then, | Read More »
Gail Collins: all hat and no cattle.
In the latest Muppets movie, the plot (such as it is) revolves about a villain seeking to destroy the Muppets’ theater. There’s oil beneath the structure, and the evil Tex Richman will stop at nothing to get it. Just in case the subtlety escapes you: he’s the bad guy because he’s rich, he’s mean, and he’s Texan. If you’ve seen this contribution to the cinematic | Read More »
A Self-Inflicted Hubris Shot to the Head
Mike Wallace is dead. Growing up, I’d spend the summer away from Dubai at my grandparents’ home in Louisiana. Sunday nights were back to back Murder She Wrote and 60 Minutes. Many conservatives would accuse Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes of a liberal view point and shading stories to match their world view. Growing up, 60 Minutes was, to me, journalism done right. They asked | Read More »
Attention Members of the Gang of 500
I really continue to be stunned by the number of reporters I interact with on a daily basis who really have no idea what conservatives are thinking, reading, etc. I’m always happy to answer those questions. Many of those questions, particularly from print reporters (sorry guys), really seem to start from the premise that conservatives are not thinking about particular topics. Even worse, many reporters | Read More »
Politico proves Gingrich’s point for him on Obama and the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
OK, if you followed the debate in Arizona last night then you got to see Newt Gingrich consume a moderator’s liver for what may be the last time. The topic? Double standards in the media, particularly when it comes to ‘extremist’ positions. The transcript is as follows: GINGRICH: But I just want to point out, you did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once | Read More »
There Are Two Sides To Every Debate
Cross-Posted: TobyToons.com (Conservative Political Cartoons
Newt Gingrich Tells the Truth About the Palestinian Non-Entity
“The Palestinians are the global warming climate change of geopolitical conflict. They use deceptive parlance to advance their agenda.” Newt Gingrich hit it out of the park with his succinct assessment of the “Palestinian” cause. One of the most incorrigible fallacies pertaining to the Middle East is the notion that the Palestinians are entitled to a state of their own. This fallacy stems from the | Read More »
Proposed Questions for the GOP Debate: Time for Specifics
Although a debate stage with eight candidates is inherently conducive to a circus atmosphere, the debate moderators need to focus on questions which elicit substantive answers to specific policy questions from the candidates. Moreover, the liberal moderators from Politico and NBC should remember that they are overseeing a Republican debate. As such, their questions should stem from conservative premises, and should provoke thoughtful responses from | Read More »
The Attempted Terrorist Attack by the Face of Peaceful Islam, and the Problems it Presents for Media and Muslims Alike (Updated)
Note: This is an updated version of my original post on Naser Abdo and the Fort Hood terrorist plot which was prevented last week. The updates have been made in-text due to an increase in the amount of information available on the case. A second terrorist attack on soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, Texas in under two years was discovered last week, and its plotter, | Read More »
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The Attempted Terrorist Attack by the Face of Peaceful Islam, and the Problems it Presents for Media and Muslims Alike
The headline of the day is that a second terrorist attack on Fort Hood, Texas in under two years was discovered this week, and its plotter, Private First Class Nasser Jason Abdo, arrested before the attack could be carried out. The latter fact, of course, differentiates this plot from the successful attack carried out by Major Nidal Hasan in November 2009, when the Army officer | Read More »
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“What liberal media?” (Texas edition.)
Here’s a cautionary tale for you from the states — and specifically the state of Texas. By way of full disclosure, I serve as the VP for Communications at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. From April 25th through May 20th, the Texas Public Policy Foundation ran a series of television advertisements — all available on the TPPF YouTube Channel — urging Texans to head to | Read More »
Why Republicans Will Never Win the PR Battle on a Government Shutdown. And Why They Shouldn’t Care.
“Should Washington’s power diminish, reporters’ access to power would diminish. Smaller government is a deal breaker for the Washington press corps.” Conservatives are prone to lament a liberal bias in the media. There is another bias conservatives should play more careful attention to because it affects even the more relatively unbiased analysts and reporters that exist on television, radio, and in print. It is the | Read More »
It Works Every Time
Monday Morning open thread.
Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) at CPAC: Not Happy With The EPA, The Feds, Or The Media
Governor Rick Perry is fed up. He sat with me Friday at CPAC shortly before speaking, where he gave a red-meat speech. The governor’s speaking placement between other presidential contenders raised some question about whether he really is going to run for President. His staff continue to insist he’s content to head the Republican Governors Association and lead Texas. I asked Governor Perry about the | Read More »