Joke Line Just Called IF Stone’s Grand-Daughter “Pathetic”

If you haven’t read this righteous post

 Last week I went to a cookout on the beach here with some old friends (Sausages and seafood, but no cocktail weenies!) Every year they do a cookout, and then a birthday party, and for years I’ve known that one of their guests was Joe Klein. I never mixed it up with him because, after all, well…the opportunity never presented itself and while I’m pretty aggressive in print no one really goes up to someone and picks a quarrel with them, do they?

Or maybe they do. Yes, I guess they do.

Then go read the whole thing. It’s required reading for understanding how Joke Line came to call IF Stone’s grand-daughter (the author of the post) "pathetic."

Just before he called Glenn Greenwald a "thoroughly dishonorable person."

27 replies
  1. eagleye says:

    I imagine that Glenn Greenwald will be up all night preparing his response to Klein. I shudder to think about the shitstorm that Klein is going to be greeted with in the morning. And the asshole deserves every bit of it.

  2. LabDancer says:

    This is so–[stifle giggle]– sad; really. It’s one thing for an utterly disingenuous heartless completely deserving double-reverse faux concern-troll s.o.b. occasional commenting lurker like bottomfeeder to take on fire like he did yesterday at the slashing fingertips of some of the more malevolent evildoing ignoramus regulars here —

    but klein’s brought on his own head the awesomeness of the entire Glennzilla Nation –

    and we KNOW that’s just to tenderize him for you-know-who.

    • LabDancer says:

      Everyone here probably knows about the extra hot irony sauce to the left, but just in case the : GG is, of course, the reigning Izzy Stone award co-winner*.

      [*keepin’ it warm for fearless leader]

  3. Garrett says:

    published private emails of mine that were part of a conversation taking place on a list-serve.

    This made my head hurt.

    When I found out that on the one called journolist, they really do think it is private, it made my head hurt even more.

  4. LabDancer says:

    It may not be pretty; it won’t be quick; it definitely won’t be merciful; but it will be just.

    • bmaz says:

      You know, I do not think Klein did this unknowing of what would result. It may be batshit stupid, but I suspect this is exactly the battle he wanted to set off. He may not like him much, but Klein reads Greenwald, and he also understands the blogosphere at least a little. Remember the drubbing and pasting JokeLine took when he first started “blogging”? I do, and he got blistered right quick; but he learned a bit about comment sections and when to engage the denizens therein and when not to etc. Klein may not be on the cutting edge of this gig, but he ain’t that stupid; he knew. So why?

      • MadDog says:

        He wants his “journalist” brethren (and sisteren) to know that he’s got balls…little ones mind you, but balls nonetheless.


      • JimWhite says:

        but he ain’t that stupid; he knew. So why?

        I think maybe there is a big dose of teh stupid here. What Joke can’t get through his numb skull is that Glenn is (as are, of course, the denizens of this abode) after only one thing: the truth. Joke may be thinking in terms of page views going up when there is what he sees as a petty personality clash going on, but Glenn only goes after him when there is a big target of dishonesty to expose.

        Note that Joke does not find anything to dispute in the account of the beach party: he was quoted accurately or he would have pointed that out. That just makes Izzy’s granddaughter pathetic for reporting it accurately in Joe’s world, since it exposes him for the petty being that he is. The “Book of Klein” comment does sum it up entirely–Klein is positioning himself to take up the mantle of centrism when it is time for the next generation. That’s why he has to be a real mensch and let Crazy Pete take him down the garden path now and then. He really thinks that such behavior is more brave and noble than getting at the reality of what is going on (and that takes work, you know!).

        • Peterr says:

          I think Joe might have looked at Froomkin’s departure from the Post, and figured “Gotta get those page views up, or the same thing that happened to Dan will happen to me.”

          (The idea of Joe comparing himself to Froomkin is as laughable as calling Glenn “thoroughly dishonorable.” To everyone but Joe, that is.)

        • lllphd says:

          ho yeah. that beach party rant speaks worlds about his unbridled ego. there is no other angle here, folks; not even a grab for traffic. he’s suffering from a bruised ego, and has now slapped glenn with his fancy little glove with the buttons and hand stitching. sheez; once a nerd always a nerd; once a supernerd ego freak,…. ya gotta wonder how many times women have laughed at him. forgive the cruelty of that comment, but his tirade and aggression suggest as much.

          reminds me of that similar rant recently from chuck todd when jeremy scahill called him and the rest of the media out for not doing their jobs. chuck was not asserting jeremy was wrong, he was furious that he’d been ridiculed on national television.

          what freakin’ elite god complexes these freaks have.

  5. LabDancer says:

    There’s got to be a NYRoB piece in this; maybe even a book. The General hisownself is so aroused, he’s taken his pearly handled shooters to hammering down on Klein’s own reader comments. There’s so much good stuff, but here’s my favorite so far, at #26:

    “The reading today is from the Book of Klein, chapter 73, beginning at the 13th verse:
    And there were those who muttered against Klein, for there was discontent in the Land of Bafflegab, and the Centrists were discomforted. And there arose a mighty man of valor, that was named Greenwald. And around him were acolytes, many and pathetic, and they did say many unkind things, even unto publishing alarmingly accurate reports of things said at picnics, which did mightily enrage Klein, so that the blood rushed to his head and the steam out of his ears. And Klein took up his word-processor to smite them. Vast was the word-processor, of sounding brass and luminous silicon, and the length of it was seven bull-sh*ts, and the width of it was three. And the prophet Hoekstra blessed Klein and anointed him with his own manly juicings, and Klein went forth to battle. And as he issued from the Gate of Broder, through which a camel may not fit, the face of Klein was terrible, and his chariots numberless as the secret WMD sites of Iraq. And Klein came down unto the Plain of Fisa, and confronted Greenwald, who was a stripling youth, armed only with a sling…..”

  6. justiceputnam says:

    Izzy Stone’s grand daughter is pathetic?

    I once spoke with Rilke’s grand daughter at a soiree in St Cenari France; of course, I had never denied that I was a blowhard, so our exchange went much better than Monsieur Klein’s did.

  7. perris says:

    I can’t log in over there but I would LOVE to comment;

    “joe is obviously carrying water once again for cheney since as wilkerson told us, less then one percent of the cia were on board with cheney’s torture programs, most were appalled and would love cheney’s team b investigated, they want NO part of the depravity authored by that sociopath

    if someone mangages to post a comment, please get something like that in there too

    see all later

  8. klynn says:

    Reads almost like a J Street – AIPAC major conflict.

    Which makes me think of a point EW made a few days ago about the failure to release certain CIA torture docs…Who did we contract to and who did the contractors subcontract?

    Klein and Finder seem to be on the same page. Interesting.

    • lllphd says:

      speaking of contractors, quite the unholy alliance with yet another blackwater clone over in our kabal embassy, eh? lord of the flies, eh?…..90901.html

      which raises a concern i’ve been pondering a while maybe someone out there can quell. i smell a very serious case of a hostage-like no-win situation for our diplomatic corps at the hands of these mercenaries. in that, how would we go about the business of actually terminating those contracts? how would that happen, exactly? we’d have to go ahead and hire the replacements and put them in place immediately or something, tho i get creeped out thinking about the kind of showdown that could result. real, no bs hostages, and worse.

      and whose decision was it to let blackwater handle security for our diplomats, anyway? this stinks to high heaven of an extremely devious mind. who might that be? so many to choose from….

  9. orionATL says:

    lllphd @23

    “reminds me of that similar rant recently from chuck todd when jeremy scahill called him and the rest of the media out for not doing their jobs. chuck was not asserting jeremy was wrong, he was furious that he’d been ridiculed on national television.

    what freakin’ elite god complexes these freaks have.”

    your comment is right ON the money.

    todd and klein – and john Harris (at a time some years earlier when harris was still the “national political editor” of wapoop; a time, recall, when jane hamsher brought “pecksniffery” back into modern english usage)-,

    all start their complaint routine with comments criticizing some moral or ethical deficiencies of a blogger –

    this only happens, though, when the blogger (actually, his or her comments) has embarrassed the “journalist”.

    were the blogger analysts no threat to the reputation or livelihood of these lords of the mainstream media, then there would be no accusation.

    klein, todd, and harris remind me of monkeys throwing feces at intruders in their forest.

    i predict we will see increasing instances of this pattern of behavior from mainstream media “royalty” as their incompetence and intellectual dishonesty is increasingly exposed by blogger analysts whose competence exceeds their own by magnitudes.

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