Let the excuses begin: Bob Schieffer wonders if President Obama was ‘properly briefed’ on Berdahl release

While many in the media have been refreshingly critical of the Obama Administration in the aftermath of the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners, it was only a matter of time before they figured out a way to defend the mess. During a recent radio interview, CBS News’ Bob Schieffer attempted to shield President Obama from any blame by questioning whether he was “fully and properly briefed on this.”

“I got up this morning and really thought: Are we going to hear a press conference where [the President] says, ‘I just found out about this in the news. I did not know all of that, but I'm going to get to the bottom of it. I'm just as outraged as everyone else is,’” Glenn said on radio this morning.

“I heard Bob Schieffer on radio this morning,” Stu added. “They said, ‘This has been a big controversy. What's the deal?’ And Bob Schieffer said, ‘It's just hard to believe. I think what we have to look at here was the President properly briefed on this matter.’”

Below is the audio of Schieffer’s comments:

SCHIEFFER: This whole question, this whole situation, I mean, the more you get into it, the more you just have to wonder: Was the President fully and properly briefed on this?

“Let's just say that's true: The President wasn't properly briefed. How many times does he do things where he hasn't been properly briefed before you start to say, ‘There's a real issue with this President,’” Glenn asked. “You can't go through six years and always say, ‘The president didn't know’… before you start to say, ‘Why doesn't the president know?’ That's just as bad, Bob, as ‘the president didn't know.’”

“Might even be worse,” Pat added.

SCHIEFFER: …For me to believe they would have gone about this in the way they did, had they known all of the facts about what was happening, you know --

"Can you even get your head around the madness here that we all know the facts around it, but the president doesn't know the facts,” Pat asked. “He said he finds about all these things on the news, just like we do. Well, we found out about it on the news. Weren't you watching that specific night? Or the night after?”

“Or the Rolling Stone article from 2012 that explained all of this,” Stu added.

SCHIEFFER: It’s not as if it was something that was unknown. There has been stories written about this situation. It seemed to be well-known among a lot of people. And then, you know, when the national security advisor comes out on national television and says [Bergdahl] served honorably and all that, you just wonder: Did they have all the facts when they decided to do this?

“Oh, my God,” Glenn said exasperatedly.

“He's broadcasted for 173 years… yet he still cuts [President Obama] the benefit of the doubt the whole time,” Pat concluded. “He buys into the fact he didn't know, after he tells us how stupid it is to believe he didn't know.”

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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