Red State posted an article today on some of the ‘fact checking’ done on the speeches at the Republican Convention. I will post some of the details, but the bottom line is simple–Don’t believe anything you hear until you have a chance to look into the facts for yourself.
The article at Red State cites a few examples:
Democrats are energetically attempting to create the perception that Republicans — specifically, Paul Ryan — are running around Tampa making stuff up about Barack Obama (as if that’s necessary). And when I say Democrats, as regrettably cliché as it may sound, I also mean the mainstream media.
The following assertions, for instance, are true:
- Obama did cut over $700 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare.
- The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare and cronyism.
- The Janesville, General Motors plant was closed down under Obama (though Ryan made a more nuanced assertion that we’ll cover below)
- Obama did blow off the bipartisan debt commission.
- Obama’s waivers do allow for the relaxing of work requirements in welfare reform.
Unfortunately, if you read the fact checkers, you wouldn’t know that those things are true. It is really sad that in a republic where the citizens are asked to vote for their leaders, the press cannot be trusted to provide the information the voters need.