Facts Take a Beating in Acceptance Speeches


The New York Times comments on the Republican acceptance speeches in Facts Take a Beating in Acceptance Speeches.

Representative Paul D. Ryan used his convention speech on Wednesday to fault President Obama for failing to act on a deficit-reduction plan that he himself had helped kill. He chided Democrats for seeking $716 billion in Medicare cuts that he too had sought. And he lamented the nation’s credit rating — which was downgraded after a debt-ceiling standoff that he and other House Republicans helped instigate.

And Mitt Romney, in his acceptance speech on Thursday night, asserted that President Obama’s policies had “not helped create jobs” and that Mr. Obama had gone on an “apology tour” for America. He also warned that the president’s Medicare cuts would “hurt today’s seniors,” claims that have already been labeled false or misleading.

The two speeches — peppered with statements that were incorrect or incomplete — seemed to signal the arrival of a new kind of presidential campaign, one in which concerns about fact-checking have been largely set aside.

If The New York Times had a reputation for honesty, this might mean more. Sadly, once you throw your credibility away, you cannot use it to cast aspersions on others.  This is one reason why President Obama should not follow the Romney/Ryan campaign down the same dishonest path.

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