Republican Hoeskstra Steps Up For His Boy Joe Klein

Via Greenwald, this is hilarious as it confirms what we already knew -Joe Klein was repeating Hoeskstra's false GOP line on FISA. This is supposed to help Joe in his moment of disgrace? Frankly, Hoesktra just buried him. As Glenn notes:

Today, Hoektstra went to National Review to defend his good friend, "liberal pundit" Joe Klein, in what Hoekstra called the "venomous debate [that] has raged between Time columnist Joe Klein and his far-Left critics." As always on the pro-Bush Right, those who believe in the radical instrument called "search warrants" are deemed to be "far leftists." Hoekstra pronounces Klein correct in everything he said, and then confesses that he was "one of Klein's sources for the complex technical and legal points that seem to be in contention." So, in other words, it was Hoekstra -- one of Washington's most partisan GOP operatives -- who lied to Klein by claiming that the House Democrats' bill requires warrants for every foreign terrorist's call and that the bill thus gives the same rights to foreign Terrorists as American citizens. That's a real surprise. And Klein The Journalist then mindlessly wrote down Hoekstra's smears without bothering to check if they were true, and Time printed them as fact.

Klein's disgrace is now complete.

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    Whats So Liberal About Klein? (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by john horse on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 09:25:55 PM EST
    One thing that we should give Hoeskstra credit for was that he described Klein as a "pundit", not as a "journalist".  Journalists are people that check their sources which Klein apparently doesn't do.  

    I think Klein is illustrative of the way the MSM works.  As a representative of the "liberal" side he spouts rightwing talking points.  This is balanced by a representative of the conservative side who also spouts rightwing talking points.  He may not be a liberal but he gets to play one for the MSM.

    may fav quote from H's piece (none / 0) (#1)
    by po on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 02:03:56 PM EST
    "Anyone who understands how FISA works in practice or how the bill is intended to work as a whole understands that a court order is necessary to compel the cooperation of third parties to actually conduct the surveillance and provide clear liability protection for assisting the government."

    Guess that's why W, Cheney et al decided FISA was too burdensome and just ordered the telecoms to provide the information.  Of course the telecoms refused; knowing, as each does, that a warrant (i.e. court order) is required.  Not.  

    FISA was working just fine, the administration just refused to follow it.  .

    "Klein's disgrace is now complete." (none / 0) (#3)
    by joejoejoe on Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 03:55:42 PM EST