Attacks on dissent against President Obama
October 2009: Time's Joe Klein suggests that some Fox News content "borders on sedition" and consists of "seditious lies." DNC spokesperson Brad Woodhouse states that "The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists - the Taliban and Hamas this morning - in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize," adding that Republicans have "proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn." This statement was echoed by Media Matters and Daily Kos.
December 2009: Time's Joe Klein describes a statement by Senator Tom Coburn that "There's a lot of people out there today who...will say, 'I give up on my government,' and rightly so" as "borderline sedition."
January 2010: Salon's Joan Walsh smears Republican criticism of President Obama as "un-American" and "traitorous" on MSNBC and asked if they "want to give aid and comfort to our enemies." Obama counterterrorism official John Brennan accuses Republican critics of the White House as "playing into Al Qaeda's strategic effort." New York Times columnist Frank Rich claims (without providing evidence) that John McCain "epitomizes the unpatriotic opposition" to Obama.
February 2010: Obama counterterrorism official John Brennan again attacks GOP critics of the president's security decisions, writing that "[p]olitically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda." Fox News host Geraldo Rivera describes former Vice President Dick Cheney as "giving aid and comfort to the enemy" and "encouraging another attack" for criticizing President Obama's foreign policy. Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter suggests Republican criticism of Obama "emboldens the terrorists" and will "[give] serious help to the terrorists."
April 2010: Time's Joe Klein says recent harsh criticism of the Obama administration "from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin -- were right next -- right up close to being seditious."
May 2010: Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick describes harsh opposition to President Obama in Washington as "almost at the level of sedition."
July 2010: After RNC chair Michael Steele criticizes the war in Afghanistan, DNC spokesperson Brad Woodhouse states that Steele is "rooting for failure" and "undermin[ing] the morale of our troops."
February 2012: In a response to a report that was critical of US drone strikes in Pakistan, a "senior American counterterrorism official" suggested that critics of the US policy want to help Al Qaeda: "One must wonder why an effort that has so carefully gone after terrorists who plot to kill civilians has been subjected to so much misinformation. Let’s be under no illusions — there are a number of elements who would like nothing more than to malign these efforts and help Al Qaeda succeed."