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A Romney-Ryan Conversation on The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer, host of WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, kindly invited me to join him this morning to discuss Paul Ryan. Later on, he spoke with Ryan Lizza, who recently profiled Ryan for The New Yorker. WNYC is a non-profit public radio station in (naturally) New York city, and I think it’s safe to say that Lehrer’s audience tilts to the left — yet he nevertheless gives right-of-center voices an opportunity to make their case, not always to the delight of listeners.     

I just noticed that in an article summarizing Lehrer’s conversation with Ryan Lizza, Stephen Reader, a WNYC reporter, writes the following:

The boiled-down, blunt version of Ryan’s politics could easily be a mantra informed by that experience: “Fend for yourself.” Liberals tend to interpret this as blasphemy; the modern conservative movement takes it as gospel, which is why Ryan’s star has risen over the last few years.

Suffice it to say, I don’t think many conservatives I know would embrace this characterization, and I’m confident that Paul Ryan wouldn’t either. Regardless, it’s nice to see WNYC make an effort to reach out. 

Reihan Salam — Reihan Salam is executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute policy fellow.

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