Thursday, August 30, 2012

Quote of the Day (Early Edition)

"So there he is, the Republican vice presidential nominee and his beautiful family there. His mom is up there. This is exactly what this crowd of Republicans here, certainly Republicans all across the country were hoping for. He delivered a powerful speech, Erin, a powerful speech. Although I marked seven or eight points I'm sure the fact-checkers will have some opportunities to dispute if they want to go forward, I'm sure they will. As far as Mitt Romney's campaign is concerned, Paul Ryan on this night delivered."

-- CNN's Wolf Blitzer, following Paul Ryan's address at the RNC a few hours ago

Oh, just seven or eight potential factual errors. No big deal as long as he delivered a "powerful" speech, right?

Erin Burnett quickly responded, incidentally, by admitting that "there were some problems with the facts, but it motivated people."

I knew my sudden soft spot for CNN and the belief that it could be something truly special in television news wouldn't last very long. (Also see today's upcoming column in the Daily Banter.)

As for Ryan's speech, here are four separate articles that pick apart the lies upon lies upon utter bullshit upon shameless hypocrisy he dispensed while up there at the podium, proving once again that the entire Romney campaign is just daring somebody to stop it:

Salon: Paul Ryan's Brazen Lies/8.29.12

New York Magazine: Paul Ryan Bets on the Ignorance of America/8.29.12

Bloomberg: Paul Ryan's Hypocritical Attack on Barack Obama/8.29.12

TPM: Five Misleading Claims in Paul Ryan's Convention Speech/8.29.12

Ryan may as well have been saying in that picture above, "And on top of all that, my cock is this big!"


Villemar said...

The sad thing is obviously for a vast chunk of the population belief trumps facts, math, science, history, numbers, shapes, and empirical reality. It really doesn't matter to them. They aren't even going for the so called "Independent" voter anymore, things are so polarized they can just assume there aren't that many of them left so they can write them off; and just double down times infinity to rile up their base and count on apathy, well-poisoning by billions of dollars worth of ads and voter suppression to take care of the rest.

Drew said...

*Belly Laugh*

ZIRGAR said...

I dunno, man. I think it's a move in the right direction that either Blitzer or Burnett would even mention, let alone spot, some factual errors. I mean, genuine factual errors, not the bs stuff they gin up to make it look like they're doing real journalism.

bafreeman said...

You made a series of very good points in your post about CNN's potential, you just left off "if Wolf weren't such a pussy" at the end of each one.

Jester said...

Skips the two enormous whoppers in the speech to go with the little lies, but still. Fox.

Spencer said...

Wolf Pussy. Must be a new Skittles flavor.

Anonymous said...

Wolf Blitzer is a moron. I've tried to recognize him as a bonafide newsman and it's just impossible. He's soft and doesn't seem to understand that his job is not public relations but news. And Erin Burnett, well.

Anonymous said...

What I don't get is why journalists are so fawning and don't call them out on this.

These guys wouldn't last 5 minutes on the 7.30 Report in Australia:

Victor the Crab said...

Wolf Blitzer is a fucking douchenozzle, period.