It would appear that my posts about Paul Ryan and FOX News and Paul Ryan and his marathon times garnered a lot of views on this little, meaningless blog. So after making a big deal about Paul Ryan being a lying sack of shit, I want to talk about how the media has jumped on an unimportant issue --his marathon times-- as harbinger of something more meaningful.
- FACT: Paul Ryan said he ran a "two hour fifty-something" marathon.
- FACT: Paul Ryan ran a 4:01:25 marathon in 1990.
- FACT: Paul Ryan finished a marathon and that is nothing to scoff at.
- FACT: His "slip-up" should upset runners but not the general public.
- FACT: The general public should be upset with Ryan about his lies about everything else.
Besides the fact that many people in high stress gigs, like political reporting, tend to run and also hate when people lie about their PRs, this seems like a pile on. These publications have discussed short parts of the nearly 99% untrue speech delieved by Ryan, but they have given significant digital column inches to his "mistake" regarding his marathon time. Not to go all liberal-media-conspiracy here, but come on folks.
Do not take this for me for forgiving this lying sack of shit for lying about his PR. But I am a runner who will never BQ nor ever coming close to a "two hour and fifty-something" marathon. So after the untruths perpetrated during his speech in Tampa, this just got my goat.
As a runner I feel like I am in the right bitching about Ryan's slip-up, however the Times, NPR and The New Yorker should focus on fettering out the real, important bullshit that Ryan and Romney are spewing to lead our country back to the 1700s and not about the running thing.
Just a thought.