Perhaps Fox News needs to do a royal takedown of some of its analysts. Right after Juan Williams mysteriously disappeared from the air after referring to Mitt Romney’s spouse as a “corporate wife,” Fox News contributor Sally Kohn wrote about the numerous factual inaccuracies of speech presented by Vice Presidential nominee, Paul Ryan.
In her article, Kohn describes Ryan’s speech with three words: “Dazzling, deceiving and distracting.”
She says that Ryan did a wonderful job of letting the world know who he is:
“So, Ryan’s primary job tonight was to introduce himself and make himself seem likeable, and he did that well. The personal parts of the speech were very personally delivered, especially the touching parts where Ryan talked about his father and mother and their roles in his life. And at the end of the speech, when Ryan cheered the crowd to its feet, he showed an energy and enthusiasm that’s what voters want in leaders and what Republicans have been desperately lacking in this campaign.”
But in spite of her praise for Ryan’s appearance, Kohn then mentions that he was not entirely forthright in his message. She literally accuses Ryan of “blatant lies” in the speech, pointing to numerous factual inaccuracies to bolster her accusations:
“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.
The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan’s mouth.”
Kohn notes that while Ryan points to the downgrade in America’s credit rating after President Obama’s spending, she states that it was Republican opposition to increasing the debt ceiling that caused the downgrade in the first place. She also mentions that a GM plant shut down that was laid on President Obama actually happened during the presidency of George W. Bush. Finally, she stated that Ryan falsely accused President Obama of cutting the Medicare budget.
“Elections should be about competing based on your record in the past and your vision for the future, not competing to see who can get away with the most lies and distortions without voters noticing or bother to care. Both parties should hold themselves to that standard. Republicans should be ashamed that there was even one misrepresentation in Ryan’s speech but sadly, there were many.”
Kohn’s words are likely going to lead to more heated debate, since Fox News has consistently been a strong backer of the Right Wing. The Obamas said that they chose not to watch the Republican National convention, and sparks flew when Herman Cain accused MSNBC’s Chris Matthews of being a racist. It must be election season, since this is getting strange.