Big Impact of Ryan’ Speech: News Media Scrambles to Find 15 Euphemisms for “Lying”
For centuries politicians have fudged the truth, but in the case of Mitt Romney’s soon-to-be-running mate Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Congressman’s red-meat-hurling speech at the Republican convention has brought a slew of charges that it contained outright…mistatements….accuracy challenged assertions. Well, let’s use the word “lies.” And now, The Week reports, the news media has been trying to find ways not to use the “l” word:
Republicans are delighted with Paul Ryan’s GOP convention speech, hailing it as an out-of-the-ballpark hit that demolished President Obama’s case for re-election. The nation’s fact-checkers, however, are not as pleased. Ryan suggested that Obama’s policies failed to save a GM plant in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wis. (It closed before Obama was inaugurated.) He accused Obama of raiding Medicare of $716 billion “at the expense of the elderly.” (Ryan’s own budget includes the same savings, achieved, as in Obama’s plan, by cutting reimbursement rates to health care providers, not seniors’ benefits.) And Ryan even chastised Obama for ignoring the recommendations of a presidential bipartisan debt commission. (Ryan sat on the commission and voted against its report.) Truly, Ryan was apparently trying to “set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech,” says Sally Kohn at Fox News. However, since it’s impolitic to accuse a vice presidential candidate of being a liar, most news organizations have tip-toed around the L-word. Here, 15 euphemisms they’re employing instead (emphasis added in all cases):
Go to the link to read the 15.
I suspect they will add many more phrases and words to the list as the days progress…