Time.com - Joe Klein
To be polite, Joe Klein here represents every allegation he claims. In addition his train has truly gone off the track. He has moved from merely a heavy partisan to completely disconnected from reality.
Not content to just use ad-homs, Klein opts for a complete alternate universe.
Let me be precise here: Fox News peddles a fair amount of hateful crap. Some of it borders on sedition. Much of it is flat out untrue.
That's right folks, sedition. Fox News is trying to get you to overthrow the government. Fox News is a hate group peddling lies to overthrow the government. The proof is... well names are enough of course. Meanwhile the liberal media complex runs fake memos about Bush and isn't engaged in any of these actions. They pass on fake Limbaugh quotes and are the truth tellers.
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.
Yes Time and others cover the truly important stories like.... is there some waitress we haven't talked to about how big a tip Sarah Palin leaves yet. In the meantime there is a real danger that all the stories we can't cover and ignore might tip public perception to the fact that the liberal media complex doesn't report news.
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.
This is where the delusion gets truly grandious. Time is part of the group that owns CNN. Klein paints the audience as a sliver, implying that Fox News is catering to an extreme. "We all know" that organizations like his, CNN and of course others like MSNBC most cater to the broad moderate middle. Except of course the ratings for CNN and MSNBC together do not add up to the Fox audience. If the Fox audience is a sliver, then the CNN audience is a sliver of a sliver. If the Fox audience is an extreme, then the MSNBC audiene is the extreme within an extreme.
The best antidote to their garbage is elegant, intelligent governance.
Yes but since we don't have that in reality, that means pieces like this must be written which are withering attacks full of ad-homs and outright lies.
The problem with war is that it diverts attention from the actual news. The Administration has tried to pursue a sophisticated, difficult domestic and foreign policy.
Sophisticated in what fashion, but selling out Turkey and letting Iran get closer to destablizing the entire Middle East and possibly the word? It diverts attention from actual news like the non-stimulating stimulus, a 9.8% unemployment rate, a collapsing currency and move away from the dollar due to government debt and monitizing, health care entitlement proposals that will bankrupt the economy even faster than the current entitlements are on track to do, etc. Is it difficult to go around the world apologizing for the existance of the United States and claiming to make everyone "feel" better while not changing a single action related to their own countries actions? There isn't a single thing that has gotten better under President Obama.
It doesn't offer the quick-fix irresponsibility of a tax cut or an invasion.
Yes because fixing something within the term in which you are elected would be wrong and proof of irresponsibility. Thanks for the double-speak there Joe.
It needs space, time and patience to explain. This is an enervating, midstream moment. It's not certain that the President's efforts from health care to Afghanistan will succeed.
Yes, what we need is ever more Obama airtime and celebrity coverage. If that damn Fox weren't covering items like ACORN instead of covering say, Obama going after the Olympics, Obama's jump shot, Michelle's garden and biceps, the girl's new dresses, date nights, going for a burger with the VEEP, Beer Summit, BO the White House dog, and don't forget racism, racism, racism and finally racism, we could give Obama the time and patience to explain what he is doing. Sure he has held more press conferences, especially prime time press conferences, received more coverage almost universally positive than any president ever, but what we really need is even more time and coverage and of course no dissent.
We'll know a lot more in a month, but I really hope the White House hasn't launched this attack to fill the public space while the other issues are being sorted out.
Look, this is tremendously complicated. It is sophisticated. It needs space, time, thought, and anything else I can think of that might be positive but vague. It also requires a lot of time to get done and you can't expect this to be done yet. We can't own it yet. It isn't time to stop blaming Bush even though we are coming up on the one year mark of the administration. That said if you could conveniently give us another month, say until that next election conveniently passes, then MAYBE, suddenly we can start spilling the beans.
See Joe, here is the real problem. The current polls are looking very bad for a number of Democratic candidates. The poll numbers are dropping fast for Democratic support. Magazines like your own and newspapers with your perspective are going bankrupt quickly. CNN and MSNBC have viewerships that are dropping while the opposite is true for the other political orientation. No amount of name calling or allegations can change this pattern or the present facts. Eventually labels and intentions have to match reality and no, this terrible column or conviently giving Dems another month to "explain" the lack of economic progress won't change that. It also won't alter a spending tragectory that already has 9 trillion MORE being added to the national debt in the next decade while negotiating to spend even more than that.