Skip to comments.Sticking to His Guns: Sedition Charges and the Journalistic Ethics of Time’s Joe Klein
Posted on 04/19/2010 9:19:43 PM PDT by Rufus2007
One of the things taught in journalism schools, at least when it comes crime reporting, is that when someone charged with a crime, you carefully craft your rhetoric because in the United States, you're presumed innocent until proven guilty.
But what if you're journalist and you're making accusations of crime where there's not even a charge? On NBC's April 18 "The Chris Matthews Show," Time magazine's Joe Klein accused former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Fox News host Glenn Beck of rubbing "right up close to being seditious," which according to the U.S. Code is rubbing right up close to being a crime. And even after the fact, Klein has stuck to his guns and didn't back down from that accusation.
"On the Chris Mathews Show Sunday, I said that some of the right-wing infotainment gasbags--people like Glenn Beck etc.--were nudging up close to the edge of sedition," Klein wrote in an April 19 post on Time.com's Swampland blog. "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."
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Takes one to know one.
Not satisfied with the government taking over the financial and health care industries and converting us from capitalism to socialism in the bargain, the left now wants to use heavy handed government power to silence all dissent.
Since when did speaking the truth become sedition? Oh yea, since the commies took over.
I am so tired of hearing all of these so-called journalists adopting Obama’s phrase: “Let me be clear...”
So can we just all stipulate that from this point forward that anybody and everybody who wishes to be clear is totally free to be clear and does not need to say, “LET ME be clear.” Go ahead y’all...be clear, we will let you!
Didn’t Joe Klein write “Primary Pediphiles” back in the 90s?
And here comes the push for speech controls.
And oh hey, it’s right before the election - imagine that. :)
And denied he’d done so.
Hope FR keeps us updated on the militia trial. It has Duke lacrosse redux written all over it. The White Christian hating socialists in power want pics of white perps so bad they’ll do anything for the photo op.
I remember that.
I haven’t believed a word he’s said since.
Every article I’ve read by Klein has some type of slime in it. By the way “klein” in German means small, what a coincidence!
Joe “Klein” lives up to his name
German word “klein”...adjective
“But questioning an Administration’s legitimacy in a manner intended to undermine or overthrow it certainly is.”
Unless, of course, the regime actually is illegitimate or a usurpation.
Rush’s use of the term Regime is very effective.It has the dems reeling and hauling out their BIG GUNS, or so they think. What a pathetic loser Bill Clinton is. Slick is in way over his head on this one.
Sedition? The allegations are simply a measure of how true and effective the statements of regime are. Hell, regime is mild, I call it the Obama Junta.
I mean rememer the New Yourk timmes leaking informatuion whch endangerd the lives of our troops in Iraq. That was sedition and the dems loved doing it.
Statements of truth are not seditious.
Joe Klein thinks he's dealing with a bunch of idiots. I've got news for jackass. When you define the terms of the debate, as he so clearly does above, then you become subject to the same rules. Never define, what you can not possibly support, and something tells me his indictment lies within the pages of his own magazine.
There seems to be no end to the circus of fools since Odumbo has taken office...
Joe....your’e a commie A-hole!
Sorry...just had to get it off my chest!
As in, in Joe’s case: nein, nein, mein schwantz ist klein”
Joe Klein is a liar and the label Journalist is joke.
Ruf, on Joe Klein, ETHICS “questioning an Administration’s policies isn’t sedition. But questioning an Administration’s legitimacy. it certainly is.”
United States Constitution
September 17, 1787
Article Two, Clause 5, Rev 1
Qualifications for office
By the time of their inauguration, the President and Vice President must seem to be:
natural born citizens, or citizens, at the time of the Constitution’s adoption.
Bill of Rights, James Madison & friends (March 16, 1751)
Fifth Amendment, Rev: 1
No person shall be held to answer for a political, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger nor be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself ..
Sure , Raben
I read the book. Hey, Joe, ya write about that sleeze, and then ya continue to support that sleeze. Don’t come around here complaining about Republicans.
This guy is as legitimate as a hang over, and about as intelligent.
Klein is a source of sewer water nothing more.
But questioning an Administrations legitimacy in a manner intended to undermine or overthrow it certainly is.
“Selected not elected!!”
You mean like that?
hmmmmm......let’s see where have I heard that before??
The word “overthrow” inherently implies violence. Even the birthers are seeking LEGAL means to remove Obama from the presidency (or prevent a 2012 run).
Klein has been off his rocker for years.
Exactly. Klein is a word manipulator, a Democrat propagandist, and dishonest as the day is long.
Joe Klein is a dirt bag.
Joe Klein calls American's "dumb", yet he's in an industry that is supposed to keep Americans informed about what goes on in DC by being the government watchdog. Instead, he would rather be it's lapdog.
It's no joke and it's getting worse.
i am wholly for sedition...
BACK to the Constitutional republic we had until the mid 1930s
When asked directly (i.e., no ambiguity such as "is is") on numerous ocassions, if he - Joe Klein - wrote "Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics" published in 1996 having as its author Anonymous, his reply was always "No."
Klein, as do many dim-0-crat supporters, having shown time and time again has variable/convenient ethics.
looks like I was wrong and there is another Sedition Act in 1918 also related to war efforts. Looks like it was repealed in 1920 though so as far as I can tell sedition is not currently a crime.
Klein’s hate-filled comments questioning the right of people to speak and assemble is coming very close to treason. Klein needs to tread carefully before he’s exposed as an America-hating neo-Nazi.
80% of Americans, according to the the poll from yesterday, don’t like their federal government.
4 out of 5 Americans = extremists.
Love that the MSM is completely out of touch with the average American.
Very cute post devolve!
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