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Ryan’s Speech Contained a Litany of Falsehoods – NYTimes.com

 

This reminds me of what a teenager would say after knowingly bending or omitting the truth:  I wasn’t lying, I just didn’t tell you the whole truth.

I might also add, that this article is itself falling into the same trap. If the author (or editor) truly believed the punchline of this story (that the whole truth needs to be presented rather than lies by omission), they would be better served to say “Republican & Democratic election campaigns both twist the truth.” After all, this article references both campaigns. And I’m not sure falsehood is the right word either.

“The growing number of misrepresentations appear to reflect a calculation in both parties that shame is overrated, and that no independent arbiters command the stature or the platform to hold the campaigns to account in the increasingly polarized and balkanized media firmament. Any unmasking of the lies or distortions, the thinking goes, rarely seeps into the public consciousness.: via Ryan’s Speech Contained a Litany of Falsehoods – NYTimes.com.

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Why Paul Ryan is not ‘bad’ for women – CNN.com

There is a lot going on in this op-ed, and I’m not going to comment on all of it. You can read for yourself why the author, Anita McBride, thinks Ryan is “not bad for women.” I mostly want to emphasize one point – the GOP and conservative media keep saying that this election is not about “social issues” it’s about the economy. They say it’s not about women, or abortion, or homosexuality and same-sex marriage. It’s not about race, or minorities, or immigration.

In reality, of course, this election is about both the economy and social issues. Why do we try to sub-divide and put everything in little boxes? These things are linked, they do not exist in a vacuum. I know it’s difficult to see shades of gray and to think critically and with nuance (especially when states like Texas and Missouri are trying to give students the right to opt out of learning critical thinking skills or subjects that challenge their beliefs). Come on people, study your history. In times of economic strife, women and minorities are always, always the first to suffer. Read Anita McBride’s article here: Why Paul Ryan is not ‘bad’ for women – CNN.com.

Tom Morello: ‘Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against’ | Music News | Rolling Stone

This reminds me of Bruce Springsteen & Reagan, and more recently, the use of Sex Pistol’s “God Save the Queen” in the opening ceremonies at the Olympics.

Tom Morello: ‘Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against’ | Music News | Rolling Stone.

 

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