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Think Again: Hypocrisy at its worst

May 07, 2012|By Zanku Armenian
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It’s a problem when the only news source that tells it like it is, with no holding back, is "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Watching the show is like a ritual of exposing the hypocrisy with the political leadership of our country.

Republicans will claim that all the news on "The Daily Show" is pro-Democrat. But all you have to do is view Jon Stewart on a daily basis to see that he doesn’t discriminate when it comes to exposing hypocrisy.

Maybe that’s why so many have come to be fans of the show. There is so much lack of authenticity and honesty in our political establishment that Stewart easily fills a show every day exposing it all.

There is a recent example of hypocrisy that hits home for me in a personal way. President Obama and his close advisor and noted author on genocide, Samantha Power, recently demonstrated it.

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A day before Armenians worldwide commemorate the Armenian genocide, President Obama gave a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum announcing the results of the Genocide Prevention Initiative he launched last year -- a directive to improve the U.S. government's capacity to respond to genocide and threats of genocide.

At his April 23 speech, he announced the formation of an Atrocity Prevention Board, which Power will chair.

Obama also repeated what he said last August: “Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States of America.”

Obama paying respect to those victimized by the Holocaust is proper and the actions he is taking for genocide prevention are a step forward. But Obama’s hypocrisy has left him with little credibility on the matter.

Since entering office, Obama has gone out of his way to aid the Turkish government’s denial of the Armenian genocide, despite his earlier promises to speak truthfully about the issue. A politician breaking campaign promises is nothing surprising, but to continue repeating disingenuous words about genocide further diminishes our country’s ability to be a credible voice on the matter.

Behind this is Power, and that’s where it gets especially infuriating. Power is the senior director of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs for the National Security Council in the White House.

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