One year and some months later, the White House lap-dog, pseudo-journalist Joe Klein is back at it. Unable to cope with any dissent or debate from private citizens against the almighty Obama administration, all criticism shall be deemed "sedition" by a man that just spent eight years criticizing a government run by the former Bush administration. Hypocrisy? Stupidity? How about both..
So without listing any examples, Klein accused both Glenn Beck and Governor Palin of sedition while his colleague charged Rush Limbaugh with the same crime. And YES, sedition is still a crime in this country. He said:
"I did a little bit of research just before this show - it's on this little napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition which is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state. And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious."He should have done a little more research...
He says they have been "inciting rebellion." Who were they inciting? What kind of "rebellion?" When did either of them incite? Where were they when said "inciting" occurred? And why are they inciting a "rebellion?" Amazing state of the industry when the king of Time magazine can't even cover these basics and isn't called out by a panel of media and political "experts" witnessing this melt down.
Klein is now doubling-down on his comments with a blog post for the April 19th edition of "Swampland" stating:
"This has caused a bit of a self-righteous ruckus on the right. Let me be clear: dissent isn't sedition. Questioning an Administration's policies isn't sedition. But questioning an Administration's legitimacy in a manner intended to undermine or overthrow it certainly is."Okay, so exactly what quote then lead Klein to think either Beck or Palin were "questioning an Administration's legitimacy in a manner intended to undermine or overthrow?"
I'll bet he nobody in the media asks him these questions so he certainly doesn't need to worry about those 'detail' things. However, as Jeff Poor from Newsbusters points out, Klein may be guilty himself of breaking the Journalist Code of Ethics:
"But do these accusations from Klein, along with New York magazine's John Heilemann, rub right up close to being journalistically unethical? By definition, since sedition is as categorized as a crime and based on the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics language on criminal reporting, reporters should "minimize harm" and "ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect," including:Back in February, vying for a super meme twofer, Klein wrote an article called "The Dangerous Drivel of Sarah Palin." He was trying to paint Governor Palin as some sort of "dangerous" political leader using her megaphone to stir up "hatred" against the Obama regime. Opps, did I say "regime?" I meant, administration... He tacks on the word "drivel" to the headline to tap into the ever present "stupid" meme (a lie that will not die so long as she is a beautiful woman) and there you have it. A 'stupid seditious danger' to the "transformation" of America.
- Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
- Balance a criminal suspect's fair trial rights with the public's right to be informed.
But despite Klein's edging up to the lines of journalistic malpractice, based on these well-defined standards, it is also curious that he would accuse Beck and Palin, along with Heilemann accusing conservative talker Rush Limbaugh, of the same charges the Obama administration is pressing against the Hutaree, a so-called Christian militia based out of Michigan."
This is the theme of the day for the left and their press operatives. From Bill Clinton's disgusting comparison between Timothy McVeigh and the Tea Partiers, to the racial non-incident, incident on Capitol Hill the day of the Obamacare passage, to this nonsense. They will label us all as extremists so long as we disagree with their agenda. Given the current state of the government-media complex, I think the only "dangerous drivel" is spilling from the likes of Joe Klein and other would be Chris Matthews Show panelists.