Video | “LYIN RYAN” Thanks To Twitter, Media Forced To Call Out Paul Ryan’s LYING

Ya got nothing to offer AMERICANS but LIES, Paul Ryan.


From Salon: 

Paul Ryan’s brazen lies: His Republican National Convention speech was stunning for its dishonesty Source Salon

Paul Ryan gave a feisty anti-Obama speech that will have fact-checkers working for days. His most brazen lie accused President Obama of “raiding” Medicare by taking the exact same $716 billion that Ryan and the House GOP notoriously voted to slash. It was stunning.

But that’s not all. He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville GM plant that closed under Bush in 2008. He hit him for a credit-rating downgrade that S&P essentially blamed on GOP intransigence. He claimed that all taxpayers got from the 2009 stimulus was “more debt,” when most got a tax cut (and the stimulus is known to have saved between 1.4 and 3.3 million jobs). He derided the president for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations.

He blamed Obama for a deficit mostly created by programs he himself voted for – from two wars, tax cuts, new Medicare benefits and TARP.

Charles Pierce- Esquire: 

Paul Ryan Is the Newest New Nixon, a Moocher Belied

By Charles P. Pierce Esquire

TAMPA, Fla. — I think it was when he went to tears, one dab at each eye, while talking about his mother, that it became extraordinarily clear to me that there’s a lot of old Dick Nixon in young Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Janesville, Wisconsin. It was always floating around the edges of my perception as I listened to his well-crafted, competently delivered, and virtually substance-free acceptance speech on Wednesday night. There was the crass connection to “the working men and women,” like himself. The way his voice drops and his eyes glow when he starts talking about the America in which he grew up, where he flipped burgers and washed floors and dreamed very big dreams. There is the obvious effort to… connect, a gift for a simulacrum of empathy that is just inches away from actual sincerity, but which sells on the screen like someone who truly cares about you, his fellow struggling Americans. But it wasn’t until he started tearing up that it all came together for me.

The difference, of course, is that Nixon was deeply, authentically marked by deep and authentic poverty and deprivation. He came by his ultimately self-destructive neuroses honestly. He earned every wound that he imagined the smart people of the world — the Jews, those damn Kennedys — had inflicted on him. He actually worked a job outside of government, and outside the Washington universe of government-dependent think tanks. He once actually had to earn a living. Paul Ryan hasn’t lacked for a job since he left college as the golden child of Wisconsin Republican politics, riding his family connections into a job with then-Senator Bob Kasten.

When Paul Ryan is really working Nixon’s side of the street, he talks about how his father died when he was a teenager, and about how his mother rode the bus to Madison, and he’s trying to wring the same notes from the biographical tin-piano that Nixon could play like Van Cliburn. However, when Ryan turns the phrase, “I still live on the same block where I grew up,” he doesn’t mention that he happens to live in a 5,800-square-foot mansion that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No good Republican cloth coats in the Ryan closet, that’s for sure. Richard Nixon would have resented this upstart on sight, and not just for stealing his act. He’d have had Bob Haldeman on Ryan’s ass by morning.

The Most Dishonest Convention Speech … Ever? Jonathan Cohn

You’re going to read and hear a lot about Paul Ryan’s speech on Wednesday night. And I imagine most of it will be about how Ryan’s speech played—with the party loyalists in Tampa, with the television viewers across the country, and eventually with the swing voters who will decide the election.

I’d like to talk, instead, about what Ryan actually said—not because I find Ryan’s ideas objectionable, although I do, but because I thought he was so brazenly willing to twist the truth.

At least five times, Ryan misrepresented the facts. And while none of the statements were new, the context was. It’s one thing to hear them on a thirty-second television spot or even in a stump speech before a small crowd. It’s something else entirely to hear them in prime time address, as a vice presidential nominee is accepting his party’s nomination and speaking to the entire country.


Jonathan Cohn: …. I’d like to talk, instead, about what Ryan actually said — not because I find Ryan’s ideas objectionable, although I do, but because I thought he was so brazenly willing to twist the truth.

At least five times, Ryan misrepresented the facts. And while none of the statements were new, the context was. It’s one thing to hear them on a thirty-second television spot or even in a stump speech before a small crowd. It’s something else entirely to hear them in prime time address, as a vice presidential nominee is accepting his party’s nomination and speaking to the entire country.

Here are the five statements that deserve serious scrutiny….  Read on in the link.

AP   FACT CHECK: Convention speakers stray from reality


RYAN: “And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly. … So they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.”

THE FACTS: Ryan’s claim ignores the fact that Ryan himself incorporated the same cuts into budgets he steered through the House in the past two years as chairman of its Budget Committee, using the money for deficit reduction. And the cuts do not affect Medicare recipients directly, but rather reduce payments to hospitals, health insurance plans and other service providers.

In addition, Ryan’s own plan to remake Medicare would squeeze the program’s spending even more than the changes Obama made, shifting future retirees into a system in which they would get a fixed payment to shop for coverage among private insurance plans. Critics charge that would expose the elderly to more out-of-pocket costs.


NY MAGAZINE    Paul Ryan Bets on the Ignorance of America


It was also appallingly disingenuous and shamelessly hypocritical. To name but a few examples that the official and unofficial fact-checkers will be picking over tonight:


The Daily BeastMichael Tomasky on Paul Ryan’s Convention Speech and His Web of Lies


Paul Ryan pushed American politics into new territory with his convention speech, effectively daring Democrats and the media to call him out on his string of blatant falsehoods.

It just boggles the mind to imagine how Paul Ryan can stand up there and lash Barack Obama for abandoning Bowles-Simpson when he did exactly that himself. Or for taking $716 billion out of Medicare that Ryan’s own budget also removes from Medicare. Or try to blame him for the closing of a GM plant that actually closed while George W. Bush was president. Those three lies are just the beginning of a cavalcade that followed. I can’t in clear conscience call such a speech “good” or “effective.” But I will acknowledge that Ryan can spin the goods like nobody’s business, and that his presence on the stage Wednesday night and on the ticket going forward does put new pressure on the Democrats, because Republicans have never really fought on quite this terrain in quite this way.


Obama Campaign TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012

.@stefcutter on Paul Ryan: “Forty minutes of vitriol and a half dozen previously debunked attacks, but not one tangible idea.”

7h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Ryan opposed the deficit reduction deal because it would help President Obama’s re-election chances. http://OFA.BO/d7brJS

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Paul Ryan blamed President Obama for a GM factory closing in Janesville, WI. The factory was slated to close BEFORE Obama took office.

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Romney ranked 47th out of 50 in job growth as Massachusetts governor. http://OFA.BO/d4D5Ac

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Ryan fails to mention that he repeatedly sought Recovery Act funds for his own district.

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: 38,000 teachers and 27,000 special education teachers could lose their jobs because of the Ryan budget. http://OFA.BO/UgkgzA

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: The Ryan budget would cut elementary and secondary education funding by $4.8 billion. http://OFA.BO/y4vmmn

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: The Ryan budget would push 200,000 children from Head Start early education. http://OFA.BO/eVGw2u

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: The Romney-Ryan ticket has provided no plan to reduce the deficit.

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Economists say Romney’s ideas wouldn’t fix the short-term crisis and could make things worse. http://OFA.BO/f6Y5mC

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Romney and Ryan both say they want housing market to “hit bottom.” http://OFA.BO/GGHu1C

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Romney said, “Don’t try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.” http://OFA.BO/1Ux6KR

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: New retirees could pay an extra $6,400 a year under a Medicare plan authored by Paul Ryan. http://OFA.BO/mnG5fM

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Ryan’s budget would end guaranteed benefits for Medicare. http://OFA.BO/Xz3fyk

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Ryan’s budget would end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher system.

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: The consensus among economists is that the Recovery Act staved off a rerun of the 1930s. http://OFA.BO/WGqhM5

8h TruthTeam2012 TruthTeam2012 ‏@truthteam2012 FACT: Ryan criticized President Obama’s decision to save the auto industry after voting in favor of it. http://OFA.BO/7aXW43

Maddowblog Steven Benen :Paul Ryan stands on a foundation of lies

At a basic level, what bothers me about politicians who lie, especially at a national level, is that the deceptions are insulting. A candidate who knows the truth, but makes a deliberate decision to deceive, is working from the assumption that Americans are suckers.

And last night, Paul Ryan made painfully clear that he thinks we’re all profound idiots who’ll believe an endless string of lies, so long as they’re packaged well and presented with conviction. Jonathan Cohn suggested last night’s address may have been the “most dishonest convention speech” ever delivered, and I can’t think of a close second. It was a truly breathtaking display of brazen dishonesty. Paul Ryan looked America in the eye and without a hint a shame, lied to our face.

Ryan lied about President Obama’s auto-industry rescue, blaming the administration for a plant closing orchestrated by President Bush. Ryan lied about Medicare, falsely accusing Obama of undermining the system. Ryan lied about the debt downgrade, falsely blaming the president for a downgrade caused by Ryan and congressional Republicans.

Paul Ryan Repeats Auto Bailout, Medicare Lies

TAMPA—In his acceptance speech Wednesday night, as he denounced the usual politics of divisiveness, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan repeated a hoary and deceiving tale about a shuttered factory in his home town of Janesville, Wisconsin. He also repeated now standard GOP Medicare half truths.

We’ll keep updating post with reviews of Ryan’s LIES as available.

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9 Responses to Video | “LYIN RYAN” Thanks To Twitter, Media Forced To Call Out Paul Ryan’s LYING

  1. Ametia says:

    They Love the Lies Paul Ryan Tells
    John Nichols on August 30, 2012 – 12:28 AM ET

    It fell to Mitch McConnell, arguably the lousiest public speaker ever to practice the political craft, to sum up everything that can or should be said about the Republican National Convention.

    Opening the “We Can Change It” themed second night of he convention with a call to remove President Obama, the Senate minority leader declared that it was time to put “Mitt Ryan” in charge of the republic.

    Forgive McConnell.

    He just said what everyone at the convention seemed to be thinking: Wouldn’t it be cool if Paul Ryan were topping the ticket?

    Republicans did everything they could during the long campaign for the party’s 2012 nomination to signal that they wanted Anyone But Romney. They got themselves all excited about Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich (seriously). They even voted for Rick Santorum, again and again and again. The Ron Paul people never gave up.

    When all was said and done, Romney’s money bought him the nod. That did not mean, however, that Republicans ever could or would come to love him.

    But they do love Paul Ryan.

  2. Ametia says:

    Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 08/29/2012 TheWashingtonPost
    Call out the lies right in your headlines
    By Greg Sargent

    This doesn’t happen every day, but good for the Los Angeles Times for calling out the ubiquitous falsehood about Obama supposedly waiving welfare reform’s work requirement right in its headline:

    Rick Santorum repeats inaccurate welfare attack on Obama
    As Kevin Drum says: “it’s about time reporters and copy editors started putting this stuff front and center.” And, indeed, the LA Times does this, in its headline and with this highly placed sentence: “In fact, Obama did not waive the work requirement.”

    The lie debunked here, of course, is central to Mitt Romney’s campaign; it is airing in ads in multiple swing states that are reportedly backed by heavy buys, and Romney and his surrogates have been repeating it in one forum after another for weeks on end.

    I didn’t expect this, but the epic dishonesty of Romney’s campaign is finally prompting something of a debate among media types about whether what we’re seeing here is unprecedented — and how to appropriately respond to it. This debate is focused partly on whether there’s a racial dimension to this attack. But it’s also about (as I noted here yesterday) what the media should do when one campaign has decided that there is literally no set of boundaries or standards it needs to follow when it comes to the veracity of the core assertions at the heart of its entire argument.

    There seems to be a bit of a strain of media defeatism settling in about this. James Bennet, the editor of the Atlantic, wrote yesterday that he is glad to see news outlets calling Romney’s falsehoods out for what they are. But he wondered whether we are about to discover that the press is essentially impotent in the face of this level of deliberate dishonesty: “what if it turns out that when the press calls a lie a lie, nobody cares?”

    I’m sympathetic to the question. Indeed, it goes to the heart of the Romney campaign’s gamble here, which is that the press simply won’t be able to keep voters informed in the face of the sheer scope and volume of mendacity it unleashes daily. At the same time, though, I have to agree with Atrios: When news orgs want to make a big stink about something, and keep that stink going for a good long while, they prove to be very capable of it indeed.

  3. Ametia says:

    Your daddy Mike Wallace is doing figures 8 for you, Chris.

  4. Ametia says:

    The Cap Times: “Paul Ryan rewrites Janesville’s history”:

    And in case you missed it, President Obama took to Reddit yesterday to answer questions on campaign finance, internet freedom, and the official White House beer:

  5. Ametia says:


    Ryan’s speech is being widely pannedas intentionally misleading—take a look at how it’s playing with newspapers, fact checkers, and blogs across the country:

    · The Washington Post: “It was, by any reasonable standards, a staggering, staggering lie”:

    · TNR on “most dishonest convention speech…ever?”

    · TPM runs down the “top 5 fibs in Paul Ryan’s convention speech”:

    · “Ryan’s VP spin”:

    · Slate lists the biggest “whoppers that Paul Ryan served up Wednesday night”:

    · The Liberal OC: “Why let facts get in the way of a few good one-liners?”

    · Blue Mass Group on Paul Ryan’s “tissue of lies”:

    · ColoradoPols: “Tallying up the pinocchios”:

    · ThinkProgress has compiled the “6 worst lies”:

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  7. Ametia says:

    Paul Ryan’s dishonesty cheered at Republican National Convention

    By: Gregory Spearing


    Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s Republican National Convention speech in Tampa on Wednesday showed a flash of passion otherwise missing from the convention.

    That’s the good news if you’re hoping for a Romney/Ryan win in November. The bad news happens when fact checking Ryan’s claims. Ryan said this about Medicare: “And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly. … So they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.”

    That’s a whopper. The seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars is the amount saved by paying lower fees to doctors and hospitals as a result of adding newly insured clients through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The spending cuts do not reduce care for patients.


  8. Ametia says:

    August 30, 2012
    Ryan Launches Campaign Theme of Lying About Everything
    Posted by Andy Borowitz

    TAMPA (The Borowitz Report)—In his speech to the Republican National Convention last night, Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan test-drove what the Romney-Ryan campaign says will be a major theme for the 2012 Republican campaign: “lying about everything.”

    “The question was, how many whoppers could you pack into one speech?” the campaign adviser Tracy Klugian said. “All I can say is, when Fox News accuses a Republican of lying, you know you’ve witnessed something historic.”

    Mr. Ryan pronounced himself pleased with his performance, noting that he only strayed into the truth when he recited the names of his wife and children.

    “That won’t happen again,” he laughed. “Call it opening-night jitters.”

    As for Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, he said he was working “around the clock” to add additional lies to his speech tonight: “I’m no Paul Ryan, but, darn it, I’m going to do my best.”

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