"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!"