One wonders if our friends in the legacy media will devote as much time to “fact-checking” the error-prone Vice President’s speech Wednesday night as they did to that of his opponent in the fall campaign. Perhaps, they will decide to build a narrative on a Romney campaign aide’s tweet.
And that aide will likely have a greater respect for facts that will the author of the tweet which inspired last week’s legacy media frenzy.
“Immediately after Ryan finished delivering the passage on the GM plant in his speech,” reports the Weekly Standard’s Stephen F. Hayes,
. . . top Obama adviser Stephanie Cutter sent this tweet: “Ryan blaming the President for a GM auto plant that closed under Pres Bush—thought he was smarter than that.” With one click after another, Cutter’s false claim became accepted wisdom.
Her tweet about Paul Ryan was similarly inaccurate. The Wisconsin Republican never blamed Obama for closing the GM plant. Below are Ryan’s remarks about the plant:
 My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it—especially in Janesville,  where we were about to lose a major factory.  A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that G.M. plant. [4-a] Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said, “I believe that if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another 100 years.”
[4-b] That’s what he said in 2008.  Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.  And that’s how it is in so many towns where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.
Please note I added in the numbers in brackets, each representing a fact which can be checked. If you wish to dispute the accuracy of Mr. Ryan’s facts, please identify by number the particular fact, then provide evidence demonstrating its inaccuracy. Ed Morrissey provides video evidence showing that Obama did indeed say what Ryan says he said in 2008 .
To truly “fact-check” the speech, you would first need identify the facts, then check each one.
Our “fact-checkers” in the legacy media, however, have a different standard for determining the accuracy of a Republicans remarks. Hayes quotes the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler who wrote:
In his acceptance speech, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan appeared to suggest that President Obama was responsible for the closing of a GM plant in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wisc. That’s not true. The plant was closed in December 2008, before Obama was sworn in.
Emphasis added. This “fact-checker” wasn’t checking Mr. Ryan’s facts, but determining what the Republican appeared to suggest and then checking that. Guess, by virtue of his job as the Post’s “fact-checker,” Mr. Kessler gets to determine what the facts appear to suggest.
Subjecting another media “fact-checker” to an exacting analysis, James Taranto finds that, in both cases he cites,
. . . the AP neither disputes nor verifies the factual accuracy of Ryan’s statements. Each of these is simply a tu quoque–an argument against Ryan. Under the guise of fact checking, the AP is simply taking sides in a partisan political dispute.
Read the whole thing.
If our media “fact-checkers” were truly concerned with checking the facts of Republican speeches, then they would identify the facts and determine their accuracy. And not try to ascertain what they appear to suggest.
*This is the steelworker who held Mr. Romney responsible for his wife’s death.