Glenn Greenwald has been criticizing Joe Klein's egregious piece on FISA for several days now. What Jane Hamsher began to prove is that the problem is not just Klein, but a systemic rottenness at Time Magazine.
I've spent all morning on the phone trying to figure out who the editor at Time Magazine was on Joe Klein's FISA column (the one Klein has now written about five times, fully admitting he never read the original bill). I finally confirmed that the editor was Priscilla Painton, and called her and identified myself. I asked her what the editing process was, and how a piece with so many errors made it into print.
"That assumes that there are errors," she said. And hung up on me.
To the extent that they care, inside Time Magazine there's probably panic. They were caught red-handed in an act of grossly irresponsible journalism, which isn't such a big deal. Everyone makes mistakes, even big ones. But Klein's meltdown has been epic. He first denied the problem, then conceded it, then argued it wasn't a big deal, and then concluded he couldn't figure out if he got it wrong or right and it wasn't a big deal anyway.
And now the editor of the piece won't concede there is any problem whatsoever and is hanging up on bloggers who ask questions.