Previously on the Review, it was pointed out that Beck supported air support for the Libyan rebels fighting against Muammar Gaddafi on March 17th before the implementation of the no-fly zone over Libya. Then, after the no-fly zone was implemented, like Newt Gingrich, Beck raged on against the President on April 4th for working hand in hand, "simpatico" with al Queda in western Libya. Beck flip flopped on Libya big time, so he is in no position to accuse anyone of doing what he himself has done! There's a word for that.
This is the video presented on Beck's story about the supposed "flip flop:"
So did Obama flip flop as Beck and his headline writer argue? It is not clear why Stu Burguiere had to use a secondary source because the Obama interview with Charlie Savage in The Boston Globe in 2007 was easy to locate. Savage addressed this issue directly:
It's clear that Obama did not "promise" to not ever use signing statements as Beck deceitfully conveyed. But is Glenn Beck so opposed to flip-flopping that he would never do it himself?Savage: Under what circumstances, if any, would you sign a bill into law but also issue a signing statement reserving a constitutional right to bypass the law?
Obama: Signing statements have been used by presidents of both parties, dating back to Andrew Jackson. While it is legitimate for a president to issue a signing statement to clarify his understanding of ambiguous provisions of statutes and to explain his view of how he intends to faithfully execute the law, it is a clear abuse of power to use such statements as a license to evade laws that the president does not like or as an end-run around provisions designed to foster accountability.
I will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law. The problem with this administration is that it has attached signing statements to legislation in an effort to change the meaning of the legislation, to avoid enforcing certain provisions of the legislation that the President does not like, and to raise implausible or dubious constitutional objections to the legislation. The fact that President Bush has issued signing statements to challenge over 1100 laws – more than any president in history – is a clear abuse of this prerogative. No one doubts that it is appropriate to use signing statements to protect a president's constitutional prerogatives; unfortunately, the Bush Administration has gone much further than that.
hypocrite over flip flopping?
Previously on this Review, it was pointed out that Beck supported air support for the Libyan rebels fighting against Muammar Gaddafi on March 17th before the implementation of the no-fly zone over Libya. Then, after the no-fly zone was implemented, Beck, like Newt Gingrich, raged on against the President on April 4th for working hand in hand, Beck conveyed, "simpatico," with al Queda in western Libya. Beck flip flopped on Libya big time, so he is in no position to accuse anyone of doing what he himself has done! In fact, Beck once flip-flopped on Libya over the course of 20 seconds!
In a year of careful and critical scrutiny of Beck's commentary and yellow propaganda, multiple examples of hypocrisy on Beck's part have been documented. This is the 22nd example of hypocrisy on Beck's part documented to date. (See example 21 here which links to the other 20 examples of hypocrisy documented on this Review.) Glenn Beck, who told the NY Times Magazine that he's a "principles-and-values guy," lacks one primary principle, namely the principle of sticking with his principles and not undermining his own criticisms by demonstrating the characteristic or behavior that he is criticizing. What kind of person calls himself a "principles-and-values" guy and demonstrates blatant hypocrisy on his own stated principles? One wonders if the word "charlatan" means anything to Glenn Beck. For that matter, one wonders if the word hypocrisy means anything to the millions of loyal followers who tune into Beck's radio show every week. Are they so enthralled and/or mesmerized with Beck's manipulative and gifted propaganda, that they lose all sense of what hypocrisy looks like? Millions of far-right individuals in America don't yet grasp that Glenn Beck is what hypocrisy looks like.
For a summary about Glenn Beck, see "Becoming Paul Revere"
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