First things first: Sometime around 1998 or so, a subsidiary of Fox Television went to court for the right to make shit up. Read the decision yourself, on FindLaw. No, I’m not making it up.
It’s established that Fox has the right (and practices that right, despite any ethics associated with real journalism) to alter substantive facts and report them as news.
So, when a “news outlet” that is known to make things up calls you a liar, you might have a problem. That’s exactly what FOX News did on August 30, 2012: They called Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention “deceiving”. In fact, they specifically said that “Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.”
The used three words to describe Ryan’s speech: Dazzling, deceiving and distracting. When a group that has gone to court for the right to make stuff up calls someone else “deceptive” it really gives me pause. I mean, my first inclination in that case is to dismiss the “deceptive” title as, well, made up. But they followed up the claim with several point/counterpoint statements that contradict some of Ryan’s statements. you know, like the one where Ryan blamed a Janesville, WI auto plant that was basically shut down in 2008 on President Obama… You know, the guy that stepped into the office of President in — What was it? Oh, yeah! 2009!
Oh, and did you hear about the RNC attendees who threw nuts at a black woman and said “this is how we feed animals” the other day? Yeah, check out the story here. The fact that the candidates weren’t heard to decry the act is not encouraging. This sort of race baiting is endemic to the ultra-right wing of the Republican party.
And it’s despicable.