Washington Post calls out White House attempt to backtrack on Obama’s ‘ISIS is a JV team’ comment

In what has proven to be one of the more ill-fated remarks of his presidency, President Obama referred to al-Qaeda linked groups in Iraq and Syria as “a jayvee team” during a January 2014 interview with The New Yorker. The White House is now in damage control mode, attempting to explain away the analogy. But the Washington Post is not letting them off the hook so easily.

On August 25, NBC News’ Peter Alexander asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest if the President “underestimate[d] ISIS when he referred to them… as a JV squad and [made] a reference to National Basketball Association basketball teams like the Lakers.” Earnest offered a longwinded explanation that ultimately amounted to: Obama “was not singling out” ISIS when he made the jayvee comment.

EARNEST: I thought somebody might ask this question today so I wanted to pull the transcript of the interview because it's important to understand the context in which this was delivered. So let me just read the full quote and then we can talk about it:

I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.



So the president was not singling out ISIL, he was talking about the very different threat that is posed by a range of extremists around the globe. Many of them do not have designs on attacking the West or attacking the United States, and that is what puts them in stark contrast to the goals and capability of the previously existing al Qaeda core network that was let by Osama bin Laden.

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler awarded that response “four Pinocchio’s” – a distinction that is reserved for the most egregious lies.

“[I]n quoting from the transcript, Earnest provided a selective reading of the discussion. In particular, he failed to provide the context in which Obama made his remarks—the takeover of Fallujah by ISIS,” Kessler writes. “That’s fairly misleading. The interviewer was certainly asking about ISIS when Obama answered with his ‘JV’ remarks.”

On radio this morning, Glenn offered his own take on Earnest’s spin and called any attempt to explain way the President’s words “outrageous.”

“This is so outrageous,” Glenn said. “What [Earnest is] saying is the context here is that [ISIS is] not the same as those who would target us here in the homeland. First of all, that's not true… They said it over and over.”

As Glenn spoke to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann about on Wednesday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – the man named caliph of the new Islamic State – threatened the U.S. when he was released from captivity in 2009. He reportedly told guards, “I’ll see you guys in New York.”

“They also have far more money,” Pat said of ISIS. “And far more access to resources than al-Qaeda had.”

“I'm curious, as a long-term threat, which one is a bigger deal,” Glenn concluded. “A a bunch of people in caves and in hiding like al-Qaeda, or someone who controls an entire economy that has access to unlimited funds… They're in the middle of taking over countries right now.”

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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Glenn Beck and The Nazarene Fund have been working tirelessly to evacuate Americans and our allies from Afghanistan, thanks to the U.S. government's failure to do so. But it's been far from easy. A recent Newsweek article, titled "Taliban Holds Up Glenn Beck Group's Planes," addressed some of the most recent challenges. The article claimed that six planes — filled with Americans and SIVs ready for takeoff — were "grounded by the Taliban amid negotiations with the U.S. State Department." So, what's actually going on? Why is the State Department meddling in the rescue? And what are the next steps to get these Americans home?

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn breaks down the whole story:

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