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.
Miss Cutter, as you may recall, “maintained that she was not familiar with the details of Mr. Soptic’s[*] wife’s death even though she was on a conference call that featured Soptic in May.”
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. (more…)