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Becky72 Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-22-09 10:26 AM
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Joe Klein calls Glen Greenwald a "crazy, civil libertarian absolutist"
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Edited on Sat Aug-22-09 10:35 AM by Becky72
Aimai of progressive No More Mister Nice blog, remembers an exchange he had last week with Time pundit Joe Klein:


Or maybe they do. Yes, I guess they do. I was standing at the cookout minding my own business when Klein started pontificating for the rubes on how surprising and shocking it was that Grassley, of all people, should have come out and endorsed the death panels lie. I walked up and said why are your surprised? to which he, in best pundit debater fashion (never allow yourself to admit you were just posing!), shot back who says I'm surprised? I said well, you did. You just started your lecture saying Its surprising. Its not surprising, the republicans have nothing left to lose and nothing left to gain at this point outside of pleasing the crazy base and attacking Obama and the dems.

We were off and running. He then said that its true the fringe republicans were crazy but perhaps no crazier than the crazy left under Bush. I thought he meant the truthers so I said name me one person in congress or the Senate who was as crazy on any topic as these Republican senators and Congressmen who sign on to the birther and deather stuff are now? Evading this question he said well, Glenn Greenwald is crazyhe's a civil liberties absolutist. Now, me, I come from a long line of civil liberties absolutists so I said I admire Glenn Greenwald's work immensley but it must be very embarrassing for you, of course, because he's been eating your lunch for years. (!) I think this must be something of a sore point for him. He began shrieking Glenn Greenwald is EVIL! EVILl! you know what he did? He sicced his blog readers on my EDITOR and she was going through a DIVORCE at the time. Really? I said, politely, that was very wrong, if it happened.
We kept it very quiet he said, backing off the claim of any real harm and, as a twofer, managing to imply that only those "in the know" had been kept informed.

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