Holy guilt by association, Batman.
If a fictional character in a piece of literature from an author you admire commits some acts that would likely result in a felony conviction, does that mean youâre a proponent of felonious acts? Thatâs the deductive logic David Cay Johnston, the 2001 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting, displayed on MSNBCâs âThe ED Showâ Monday night.
In a segment about Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryanâs proposal to reduce the deficit, which includes simplifying the tax code and eliminating deductions to lower overall rates, Johnston called in to question Ryanâs legitimacy, as heâs a fan of Ayn Rand. And according to Johnston, in Randâs book, âThe Fountainhead,â the fictional character Howard Roark blows up a building, and that means people should evaluate the possibility Ryan is a proponent of blowing up buildings.
âYou know, Congressman Ryan requires his staff to read Ayn Rand, whose fictional hero, Howard Roark, is a man who blew up a building because it wasnât built exactly to his specifications as the architect,â Johnston said. âI mean, thatâs the kind of society we want where our leaders say, not only are we taking from the sick and poor but weâre going to hold out as a model people who commit felonies like blowing up buildings. We really need to dig into understanding the kind of people who would put forth these ideas.â