TIME's Joe Klein: Fox "Spreads Seditious Lies"

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Joe Klein writes a regular column for TIME magazine (which I subscribe to) and it's never very pleasing to the conservative eye or ear. For example, read this snip from one of his blogs:

"I don’t understand why the White House would give such poisonous helium balloons as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity the opportunity for still greater spasms of self-inflation by declaring war on Fox.

If the problem is that stories bloated far beyond their actual importance—ACORN’s corruption, Van Jones’s radical past—are in danger of leaching out of the Fox hothouse into the general media, then perhaps the Administration should be a bit more diligent about whom it hires and whom it funds.
If the problem is broader—that Fox News spreads seditious lies to its demographic sliver of an audience—the Administration should probably be stoic: the wingnuts will always be with us. The best antidote to their garbage is elegant, intelligent governance."

 What I see here isn't a legitimate point. I see fear. As I'm sure Klein's mother told him, name calling doesn't get you anywhere, unless of course you need to polarize your audience toward your side. Just look at this one line: "I don’t understand why the White House would give such poisonous helium balloons as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity the opportunity for still greater spasms of self-inflation..." It was pretty air-headed move. Then Klein calls what is coming out of Fox News "seditious" and that;s just a lie.


What's more, read this from Say Anything:

Sedition is defined as “Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state.”  And, in an earlier time in this nation’s history, it was also defined as “false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government or its officials” in the Sedition Act passed under the John Adams administration.
Adams and his Federalists were afraid of the growing power of the anti-Federalist “republicans” led by Thomas Jefferson and passed the Sedition Act (along with acts to deport immigrant supporters of Jefferson) to silence critics of Federalists.

Klein wants to silence anyone who speaks out against his darling white House and President Obama. But is it so wrong that  commentators want what is best for this country? Dissent is still the highest form of patriotism, and conservatives and Fox News alike stand by that.

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