As I noted in my previous post, nearly everyone in the mainstream media happily and lazily refers to Paul Ryan as "very smart" despite very mixed evidence in that regard in his educational and professional (career politician) achievements. Similarly, they almost always call him a truly "nice guy," "genial" and invariably willing to take part in very respectful debate. So watch this 3-minute debate with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from CNN over the Ryan plan and Medicare/Social Security. Check out Mr. Nice Guy's eye-rolling--like a high school junior--and two references to Schultz as not engaging in "adult conversation," the constant smirk, and more. Also ask if he had done that with a male colleague.
Imagine this lad as president (and see new David Frum takedown). Also: the cynicism of his claims about "Obama cutting Medicare funds." And we haven't even gotten to false media meme #3 yet: that Ryan has been a "budget hawk" (despite his many budget-busting votes).
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Meet 'Mr. Nice Guy' Paul Ryan
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