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The Alienating Sedition Hack

Newsbusters informs us: “On NBC’s April 18 ‘The Chris Matthews Show,’ Time columnist Joe Klein all but accused former GOP vice-presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, along with Fox News host Glenn Beck of sedition. ‘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.’”

. . . Gregory of Yardale, writing at Moonbattery, recalls a different line from Klein, and quotes our Secretary of State: “Klein, as it turns out, has a history of accusing anyone who criticizes Chairman Zero of sedition. Joe Klein accused Senator (Tom) Coburn of committing sedition in December. He accused FOX News of committing sedition in October. You know, I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration! . . . I may be wrong, but I seem to remember hearing that somewhere before.”

I’d note that you never see the likes of Klein pointing to a comment from those who they loathe — Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, etc. — and touting it as an example of good, non-seditious criticism. Rush speaks for fifteen hours a week; at some point he probably hits on some line of criticism of Obama that Klein, if loaded with sodium pentothal, would acknowledge is a legitimate gripe. But their mission of defending this president requires them to paint with a broader brush than a Pyongyang muralist, and they’re not interested in defining certain types of criticism of the president, administration, and leadership in Congress as okay and some not as okay; they want to define “seditious” as wisely as possible, to discourage and deter as much as possible.

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