NewsBusters Undermines The Underminer
The most genteel way to handle your team getting scored on is to hem, perhaps haw, and accept it. Often you'll have that collective of fans who try and vocally ask why the referee didn't make some phantom call that would have negated the play.
Case in point, TIME's Joe Klein took a rather powerful counterpunch to his nemeses when he considered certain pundits as "nudging up close to the edge of sedition" when they criticized the White House "in a manner intended to undermine or overthrow it." It really was quite a haymaker, even though it in itself felt like it was undermining the entire tea party cause:
I do find the "news" judgment of the cable networks nauseating... and I can understand why, despite the yellow ribbons and "We Support Our Troops" blather, our young people in uniform feel abandoned by a bored, ignorant and self-involved public back home.
Honestly, this is all we've been hearing from the last 12 months — tea parties, fewer taxes, big government, and creeping socialism. It's all one big ball of noise, whereas all this negative energy could have been put toward more focused, damning critiques of the White House's policies.
Enter NewsBusters' Jeff Poor, who was ready to respond to Klein's "sedition" comment by ... well, trying to undermine that as well.
But do these accusations from Klein ... rub right up close to being journalistically unethical? By definition, since sedition is as categorized as a crime and based on the SPJ's Code of Ethics language on criminal reporting, reporters should "minimize harm" and "ethical journalists treat sources subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect"
Ah, so instead of facing it directly, the tactic is to try and argue that Klein never should've said it to begin with. C'mon, ref! Open your eyes. They're undermining everyone all over the place!