Time Magazine Botches Hit Piece on Paul Ryan
10:55 AM, Apr 8, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Time magazine's Michael Grunwald writes a piece titled: "Profiles in Cowardice: How the Beltway Punditocracy Gets Paul Ryan's Plan Totally Wrong." It begins:
Grunwald probably should have consulted the indispensable Wikipedia before writing that Ryan represents a "conservative Republican district"--one of the key "facts" Grunwald cites to prove Ryan has nothing to lose and everything to gain from his budget. According to Wikipedia, Ryan's district is so conservative that it voted for Barack Obama over John McCain 51.4% to 47.5% in 2008 after giving George W. Bush 53% of the vote in 2004.
According to the 2002 Almanac of American Politics, Ryan's district voted for Gore over Bush 49% to 47% and voted for Clinton over Dole 50% to 38%. Two years after that 12-point Democratic thumping, Paul Ryan won his first term as a congressman.
But forget the facts. Who can dispute Grunwald's next (very original!) point that what would have been really courageous is if Ryan had embraced tax increases? You know, because Ryan thinks tax increases would hurt the economy, and it does take a really courageous politician to intentionally do damage to the economy.
(Hat tip: Michael Scherer)
Update: Time has corrected the factual error in its story. The errors of logic remain.