Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are primarily known as political satirists, but on Thursday night they were both in fact-checker mode, marking up Paul Ryan’s keynote speech with their metaphorical red pens.
On “The Daily Show,” Stewart was struck by the contrast between Ryan’s reputation as a policy-focused, “speaker of hard truths” and his speech, which, though well-delivered, was short on specfics and long on the whoppers.
Stewart took Ryan -- a.k.a. “Chiseled Chin McNicey Face” -- to task for making misleading claims about Medicare funding and the failure of a proposed bipartisan debt commission. But Stewart got his biggest applause when he addressed Ryan’s suggestion that a General Motors plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., had been shut down under President Obama’s watch.
“Siri, who was president in June 2008?” Stewart asked his non-existent iPhone. The answer was, of course, George Bush.
Self-appointed defender of “truthiness” Colbert was even harder on Ryan, and especially on the media pundits who shrugged off his inaccuracies by saying the speech was more about “big ideas” than actual facts.