If ever you needed proof that Fox News reflexively opposes whatever President Obama stands for, regardless of the underlying issues or ethics, check out judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano’s flip-flop on the subject of whether or not President Obama should seek Congressional approval before a military strike.
You may recall (and thanks to Media Matters for remembering so we don’t have to) that back in March, 2011, when President Obama was considering military action against Libya without consulting Congress, Napolitano railed against the “terrible” War Powers Act and questioned whether Obama was planning on using it, “whether the American people, whether the Congress wants it or not? Even though the Constitution says only Congress shall declare war?”
Here’s the video:[youtube:http://youtu.be/kMG8XNqRlU0]
Fast forward to September 3, 2013, three days after President Obama announced that he “will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.” Why? Because “I’m also mindful that I’m the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Just what Napolitano would have wanted, right? Wrong. Not now that Obama’s doing it. Napolitano announced on Fox & Friends, “It’s a little mystifying, legally, why the president is asking Congress for authority to do something that it has already given him authority to do. When the War Powers Act was enacted… it basically said the president can bring troops into any area that he wants offensively or defensively without the approval of congress for 89 days. …So the president has the authority to do this. …It’s been used by every president since Richard Nixon. …So again, mystifying as to why the president wants the approval of the Congress.”
Co-host Steve Doocy interrupted to say, “Oh, come on, it is not mystifying. …It’s political!”
Actually, the president clearly explained his reasoning – and it just so happens to exactly match Napolitano’s supposed beliefs in 2011. But now that Obama has embraced them fully, Napolitano has done an about-face. And what’s really mystifying is how this kind of knee-jerk antagonism to just about any decision made by President Obama passes for legitimate news or analysis.
Here’s the video:[youtube:http://youtu.be/X3rhjKdhDrk]
An earlier version of this post appeared on News Hounds