While speaking to Fox News Sunday, Paul Ryan started laying the groundwork for his excuse if Obama gets reelected by claiming that the media is biased and wants Obama to win.
Here is the video:
Transcript from Fox News Sunday,
WALLACE: Do you think the mainstream media is carrying water for Barack Obama?
RYAN: I think it kind of goes without saying that there’s definitely a media bias. We’ve — look, I’m a conservative person, I’m used to media bias. We expected media bias going into this. That’s why we’re trying to cut through and go straight to people. That’s why when you hear people in Washington complain about media bias, come out into these states with us and attend out town hall meetings.
WALLACE: But where have you seen it? Where have you seen it in this campaign where you feel they’re judging you and Romney by one standard and Obama and Biden by another?
RYAN: I don’t think — I’m not going to go into a tit-for-tat or litigate this thing. But as a conservative, I’ve long believed and long felt that there is inherit media bias. And I think anybody with objectivity would believe that that’s the case.
WALLACE: Do you think mainstream media wants Barack Obama to win?
RYAN: You’ll have to ask mainstream that.
WALLACE: No, what do you think?
RYAN: I think most people in the mainstream media are left of center and therefore, they want a very left of center president than they want a conservative president like Mitt Romney.
Earlier in the interview said all the right things about the race not being over and there still being time left, but it was his willingness to blame the media that really stood out. With more than a month to go before the election, Paul Ryan was building his excuse for defeat. Ryan is getting set to follow in the footsteps of Sarah Palin and blame the media if he loses.
The media has shown a particular bias that has worked against Romney and Ryan so far in this election. The media has been biased against lying. The mainstream press has been active in their fact checking of both campaigns, but it is the Republican ticket that has been especially damaged by the the media’s new found willingness to search for truth. Ryan has seen his lies about Medicare, the plant closing in Janesville, and especially the laundry list of half truths and falsehoods that passed for his acceptance speech at the Republican convention hit hard by the fact checkers.
It is always a bad sign for a Republicans when they start complaining about media bias. When a Republican running for office starts crying liberal media bias, it means they are losing, and in many cases losing badly.
Paul Ryan was engaging in preemptive damage control. Just like Sarah Palin in 2008, Ryan is trying to protect his brand. The obvious irony is that Ryan went on Fox News, the most politically biased network on all of television, to complain about media bias.
Republicans love media bias in some forms (Fox News), but will claim bias if a media outlet tries to report facts (In varying degrees, all other non-right wing media.)
It is only when they lose an election that conservatives scream media bias. (Usually, right after they howl voter fraud, and Obama is a Muslim.)
In Paul Ryan’s mind, it isn’t that Mitt Romney is a terrible candidate or that voters hate his ideas for the budget, Social Security, and Medicare. To Paul Ryan, the reason why he is losing is because the liberals in the media want him to lose.
Ryan may talk a good game, but to the horror of many the truth is starting to slip out.
Paul Ryan is a lot more like Sarah Palin than anybody in the Republican Party wants to believe, and 2012 Boy Palin is getting ready to sulk, pout, and throw a tantrum if Obama wins a second term.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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