In the world of the mainstream media, people like Joe Klein are the "liberal". On panels where you've got hardcore conservative activists and writers, they'll throw in a guy like Klein and say "see, we've got a liberal on". But Joe Klein is apparently the kind of "liberal" who believes that someone's "smug rhetoric" makes them and idealogical extremist in the mold of Sean Hannity.
Once again, Joe Klein is the msm's version of the "liberal".
And people wonder why actual liberals think the mainstream media is so filled to the brim with steamy excrement.