Center for American Progress Publishes False Report on Paul Ryan
9:40 PM, Oct 20, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
ThinkProgress, the blog of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, is out with a new report tonight from a Paul Ryan town hall event in Wisconsin: "Paul Ryan Tells Student He Should Work Three Jobs To Pay For College, Not Use Pell Grants."
The headline makes two claims (which are repeated in the story): (1) Ryan told the student to work three jobs, (2) Ryan told the student not to use Pell grants. Both claims are false.
Here's ThinkProgress quoting the student and Ryan:
As you can see, Ryan never told the student not to use Pell grants. And Ryan never told the student to work three jobs--he simply told the student that he worked three jobs to pay off his own loans.
ThinkProgress followed Ryan through his townhall meetings in April--hoping for a dramatic moment or two showing the congressman getting tripped up by constitutuents concerned about his proposed Medicare reform. They came up empty then. Now, they've just decided to start making things up.
In case you're wondering what Ryan says in the place where ThinkProgress places an ellipsis, it's Ryan explaining why Pell grant increases don't help students:
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