Power comes from lying ... Lying big and getting the whole damn world to play along with you ... Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain't true, you get them by the ballsYes, we have to employ one of our favorite lying quotes again, only to begin to capture the conflagration raging over Joe Klein and Time Magazine's obtuse behavior in intentionally misrepresenting - lying - about the FISA Debate and pending legislation.
Senator Roark, from “Sin City - That Yellow Bastard”
We weighed in on it yesterday with "Top Ten Cloves: Reasons Time Magazine Hasn't Corrected Joe Klein's Egregiously Error-Filled FISA Articles", but that wasn't even a thimble-full of scorn that is being flung around;
Jane Hamsher/Firedoglake: Shorter Time Magazine: Equal Time For GOP Propaganda
emptywheel/The Last Hurrah: Time Gives Up on the Truth
Crooks and Liars: Joe Klein: Accuracy??? We don’t need no stinkin’ accuracy!
Klein, along with editors Priscilla Painton, Josh Tyrangiel and Rick Stengel don't have their heads buried in the sand, their walking around with sandboxes encasing their alleged brains.
Here's Stengel, taking the helm, adding "the correction" to Klein's original smear piece;
In the original version of this story, Joe Klein wrote that the House Democratic version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would allow a court review of individual foreign surveillance targets. Republicans believe the bill can be interpreted that way, but Democrats don't.
This is after Klein himself offered "I have neither the time nor legal background to figure out who’s right."
Ohhh Boy! ...
While Glenn Greenwald has been all over this, as well as numerous other writers and bloggers, just in case the folks at Time Magazine are confused - by their own work and writing - U.S. Representative Rush Holt, writing on The Huffington Post, offers them "What's Really in the RESTORE Act", even though Editor Stengel and Klein appear completely disinterested in getting the facts straight.
We'll cue up Que Sera Sera, while you peruse Part II of the Joe Kleinpalooza
Glenn Greenwald: Everything that is rancid and corrupt with modern journalism: The Nutshell
Marty Lederman/Balkinization: All You Need to (Not) Know About the Proposed FISA Fix
Think Progress: Time’s false balancing act.
Kagro X/Daily Kos: More on the Time idiocy
Glenn Greenwald: Demand answers from Time magazine; (Updated below - Update II, Update III: "Response" from Rick Stengel Update IV, Update V)
Digby: Time After Time
Joe Klein and Rick Stengel seem to be taking the greatest of pleasure in burning the truth