A big blow-up came about when Paul Ryan made some remarks about the GM plant closing and Obama’s broken promises. Fact checkers went to work immediately informing voters that Ryan was “lying” about the president because the plant closed in December 2008. They neglected to report that the Janesvile plant in Wisconsin was still producing some SUV and medium duty trucks. The last truck rolled off the assembly line in April of 2009.
“Ryan said Obama broke his promise to keep a Wisconsin GM plant from closing. But we don’t see evidence he explicitly made such a promise — and more importantly, the Janesville plant shut down before he took office.
We rate Ryan’s statement False.”
Bias through omission
What they can do is omit some relevant information to play into the bias reporting.
Here’s what the Milwaukee Wisconsin, Journal Sentinel said:
The argument that Paul Ryan “lied’ or “misrepresented” the closing of the Janesville GM plant is not even colorable.
Here is what the President said:
“And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years. The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it’s where it will thrive. I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America; right here in Wisconsin; and that’s the future I’ll fight for as your president.” (emphasis supplied.)
“But what about the fact that this plant closure was announced before Obama took office? That is not relevant to Ryan’s critique. Obama was arguing that government could retool plants and keep them operational. That didn’t happen.” http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/purple-wisconsin/168163806.html
Did the president fight for certain plants to remain open?
On another note of bias: Romney headed to Louisiana to view the storm damage from hurricane Isaac immediately after the RNC completed their convention. Shortly after, Obama cancelled some appearances on his full fundraising schedule to visit the devastated area. How was that reported by the media? It was very sparse reporting.
Don’t believe the liberal media is the mantra from the GOP. When voters buy into talking points without doing some reading and research, the results can lead to twisting and turning rhetoric.