Bryan Fischer Award Winner: The Obama Administration


The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who show a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing others of having their own worst traits. This one goes to the Obama administration after putting out this statement that will likely leave your jaw agape at the chutzpah.

“We call on the Russian government to cease its campaign of pressure against individuals and groups seeking to expose corruption, and to ensure that the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of all of its citizens, including the freedoms of speech and assembly, are protected and respected,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.

This is why I could never be a political press secretary. I don’t have the ability to say something that asinine with a straight face. Yes, we should be calling on the Russian government not to persecute those who expose corruption, but given that this administration has gone after whistleblowers who have exposed the government’s crimes with more zeal than any in our history, this is weapons grade projection and hypocrisy.

Comments

  1. Chiroptera says

    Yeah, and don’t forget the Administration’s protection of Robert Lady from extradition to Italy for crimes he committed there; after the intense efforts to force nations to extradite Edward Snowdon and refuse him asylum, that’s a bit rich.

  2. says

    They’re two totally different things. Foreign whistleblowers are exposing foreign corruption and foreign abuse. American so-called “Whistleblowers” are so-called “exposing” the very corruption and abuse that Keeps Us Safe.
     
    Chiroptera “Yeah, and don’t forget the Administration’s protection of Robert Lady from extradition to Italy for crimes he committed there;”
    What “crimes”? He was a CIA agent who grabbed The Muslins for extraordinary rendition and torture. Clearly, that falls under “Keeps Us Safe”. But only when we do it.

  3. oranje says

    What kills me is how the news cycle has just seemingly forgotten about the fact that we have this giant data collection (howdy to the NSA people reading this), we have secret courts with secret verdicts, and we essentially now have a government apparatus that can do whatever it damn well pleases, torturing language and law to make it work. But somehow that doesn’t have us in the streets. Somehow that’s not 24-hour news.

  4. says

    @2: “He was a CIA agent who grabbed The Muslins for extraordinary rendition and [filler jargon].”
    Besides, that rendition was extraordinary. Being extraordinary is good. So he did not do anything bad!

  5. Olav says

    I have to wonder if American politicians really think they have any credibility left at all, outside the USA, regarding human rights?

  6. unbound says

    @oranje – You may want to watch The Newsroom this season. Probably not too far off from reality. The first season they started to actually report things like news is supposed to do. Already this season, they are showing the fallout. I would imagine most mainstream news organizations are working with this as an assumption too.

  7. says

    I suspect the only difference between the Obama administration and your typical Bryan Fischer award recipient, is that at least the Obama administration’s complaints about Russia, however hypocritical they may be, stand a chance of being on the mark.

    Actually, there’s another, perhaps more salient difference: the administration’s failings are far more dangerous to Americans than those of your typical award winner.

  8. Michael Heath says

    The loss of moral authority matters.

    Another example was FDR’s reluctance in the very-early 1930s to call out the Nazis on the world stage as they rose to power; where it was already evident they were increasingly causing human suffering. FDR’s reluctance was based on a lack of moral authority given white southerners treatment of black people. Cite: Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin.

  9. Pen says

    #4 oranje ‘But somehow that doesn’t have us in the streets. Somehow that’s not 24-hour news.’

    But interestingly enough, somehow what does have you in the streets is the inability of some of you to use those streets freely, without being shot. It’s interesting that that’s the way it is. Both good causes of course.

  10. naturalcynic says

    … and the White House press room’s regulars were ROTFL.

    If not, why not???

  11. kermit. says

    naturalcynic: … and the White House press room’s regulars were ROTFL.

    If not, why not???
    .
    Because they wouldn’t be invited back to the WH press conferences, and especially because they wouldn’t be invited to those occasional swell parties that include famous celebrities politicians.
    .
    Sure, they know what journalism is, they read about it in stenography class. Why do you ask?

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