At the Republican National Convention last week, Paul Ryan gave a speech criticizing President Obama’s recovery efforts and explaining how he believed Mitt Romney could do a better job.
For example, when USA Today “fact-checks” Ryan’s statement on Romney’s record (“he balanced the budget without raising taxes”), they admit that Ryan’s statement is true, but insert some of their own narrative as well. This is the difference between impartial and biased reporting:
“It’s true that Romney balanced the state budget every year — as Massachusetts’ Constitution requires— and Romney never raised personal income taxes. But as we have noted whenever this claim has arisen — which has been frequently — Romney did hike government fees by hundreds of millions of dollars, and he also closed loopholes on some corporate taxes.”
If this is a fact-check, why bring up alternative arguments that have nothing to do with what Ryan said?
Something else the fact-checks point out is that Ryan blamed Obama for closing a GM plant in his hometown – Janesville, Wisconsin. The GM plant closed before Obama took office. The question is, did Ryan really blame Obama for closing the plant? Here is Ryan’s response to this criticism:
“What they’re trying to suggest is that I said that Barack Obama was responsible for our plant shutdown in Janesville. That is not what I was saying. Read the speech. What I was saying is the President ought to be held to account for his broken promises. After our plant was shut down he said that he would lead an effort to retool plants like the Janesville plant to get people back to work. It’s still idle, people are still not working there.”
His argument is not that Obama closed the plant, but that Obama promised it would be open for a hundred years. The President did not keep that promise, nor did he keep the promise to restart the plant.
Check out an unedited interview with Ryan where he first responds to the fact-checkers: