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Greta Van Susteren's Laughably Biased Poll About Paul Ryan And Wisconsin Senate race

Reported by Ellen - May 18, 2011 -

Last night (5/17/11) on On The Record, host Greta Van Susteren went to bat for Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, first with a blatant defense of his decision not to run for an open Senate seat, then by posting a poll that was little more than a thinly veiled prompt for viewers to attack Wisconsin Democrats as “petty and insulting” for saying he "cowered" away from running. She spent a lot of time offering other reasons Ryan might decide against running and none about why Democrats may have made such an allegation.

Van Susteren opened the brief segment with an announcement that Democrats “are actually doing name calling, calling Congressman Ryan a COWARD (her emphasis)." She then read a statement from the Wisconsin Democratic party chair saying, “When it came time to be judged by the voters of Wisconsin, Paul Ryan cowered.”

Van Susteren skipped over any discussion about what may have prompted such an accusation. Instead, she added supportively in a tone that sounded like she was reading, “Now, Congressman Ryan is the chairman of the House Budget Committee, this powerful committee allows him to make decisions impacting important issues like health care, Medicare and Social Security. If Congressman Ryan won the Senate seat, he would become a junior senator, most likely in the minority party.”

Van Susteren never told the “we report, you decide” network’s viewers that Ryan is a bit under the gun over his extremely unpopular Medicare plan.

Instead, after pretty much telling the viewers Ryan decided not to run because he has a better job now, she “asked,” “So did Congressman Ryan decide ‘no’ to the Senate seat because he’s a coward or because he has a better job now? We want to know what you think.”

But before anyone went off to vote, Van Susteren took one more dig at Democrats. “Are Wisconsin Democrats right to call Congressman Ryan a coward for not running for the U.S. Senate or are they being petty and insulting?”

Gee, how do you think the vote turned out?

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