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Liberals are all too eager to charge conservative personalities of using hyperbole to gain a political advantage, especially when it contradicts their world view.  However, there's a different set of standards for those same people when they want to make strong charges.

On NBC's  "The Chris Matthews Show," Time columnist Joe Klein all but accused former GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin,and Fox News personality Glenn Beck of being guilty of sedition.

"I did a little bit of research just before this 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."

As Klein pointed out, the legal definition of sedition is "a revolt or an incitement to revolt against established authority." And, sedition has been declared a felony in Supreme Court opinions, thus making Klein's national television accusation a fairly serious one, one of which New York magazine's John Heilemann agreed with. However, Heilemann added conservative talker Rush Limbaugh to that list. 

( From The Carroll Standard, an independently owned and edited newspaper, in print and online, produced by van Rossum Publishing)


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