Vicious or just stupid?

Conservative victory in November is no sure thing, but the derangement of the media suggests things are on a good path.

One of the first things they used to teach in journalism school is that you can’t know what’s in another person’s mind. So we write that reporters for the Wisconsin State Journal and others “say” Paul Ryan was wrong about when the Janesville General Motors plant closed.  We don’t say they “believe” that because we can’t possibly know. That’s Journalism 101.

The kids who play reporter nowadays don’t extend similar courtesies, to Ryan or to their readers. Some have even made up things they claim Ryan meant to say, in order to suggest he was lying. Such as saying Ryan was wrong to “imply” President Obama promised he’d keep GM Janesville open.

Here’s the direct quote Ryan attributed to Obama, from a 2008 campaign stop in Janesville:

“As president I will lead the effort to retool these plants” so we can build energy-efficient cars. “I believe that if your government supports you, this plant will be here for another hundred years.”

National and Wisconsin media flocked to repeat the Democrats’ lie that GM Janesville closed on George W. Bush’s watch. In fact, Obama had been in office about four months when the plant shut its doors.

Liberal newspapers whose circulations are dwindling and networks whose viewers are fleeing—in no small part because audiences no longer trust them—are in full panic mode.  It’s now clear they will say anything to smear Paul Ryan and the stellar platoon of conservative leaders from Wisconsin stepping onto the national stage. Be assured that this will get worse before it gets better.

Then again, so will the circulation numbers.


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The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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