Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck has responded to Time magazine columnist Joe Klein’s assertion that Beck and Sarah Palin are coming close to being “seditious” in their attacks on President Barack Obama.
Appearing on NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show” on Sunday, Klein said: “I did a little bit of research just before the 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.”
Klein defended his remarks on a Time magazine blog on Monday: “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.”
Beck’s team responded to Klein on Beck’s website on Monday, calling Klein a “liberal hack” and stating:
“Joe Klein from Time magazine has apparently figured out that the only way someone will ever read his material is if he writes something mean about Glenn, so he had to look up the word sedition (not kidding) and write it on a napkin and tell Chris Matthews about it.
“Ironically, the amount of evidence against Glenn would have fit on the same napkin — he had ZERO examples.”
Beck said on his radio show on Monday: “This is ridiculous. Now for someone to speak out is sedition. I would challenge you to find that in the words of our founders.”
Beck also spoke on Monday about Cass Sunstein, Obama’s regulatory czar. He said Sunstein is “the most dangerous man in America because you never see this guy coming.”
Sunstein — who heads the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs — wrote a paper in 2008 saying the government, when faced with an opposition movement, should infiltrate the movement and discredit it.
“Is this abuse of power yet?” Beck said.
“In other words, Cass Sunstein has favored the government using outside parties as government propaganda agents to paint their opposition as fringe and undermine their credibility, kind of what’s been happening with the tea party movement.”
Sunstein advocates the government sending covert agents into chat rooms and online social networks, Beck told his audience.
“He also proposes that the government make secret payments to so called, quote, independent credible voices to bolster the government’s message.
“Is it abuse of power yet?”
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