Washington, DC, USA, April 24, 2006 — Hot Air, the world’s first conservative Internet broadcast network, launches today. Founder and CEO Michelle Malkin leads a multi-talented, tech-savvy staff on the cutting edge of the Internet video/TV convergence.
Hot Air’s ground-breaking, irreverent daily video newscast, “Vent with Michelle Malkin,” tackles media sacred cows and left-wing shibboleths — harnessing the best blog reporting and analysis across the Internet. Today’s inaugural newscast skewers U.S. high-tech titans kowtowing to China’s tyrants.
This is not your father’s nightly news.
Hot Air exposes new viewers of all political stripes to the world of videoblogging, animation, and podcasting. The network has signed on independent affiliates from Paris to Washington, D.C. Advertisers have lined up; Hot Air has already sold pre-roll video ads through the first week.
Malkin also bragged about the long line of advertisers waiting to advertise on Vent:
Advertisers have lined up; Hot Air has already sold pre-roll video ads through the first week.
And indeed, the first week of Vent with Michelle Malkin did feature video ads at the beginning of each episode. But by the end of week two, the video ads had disappeared.
Fast forward to June of 2007. In a move that signaled near-certain financial distress, Malkin announced that hotair.com had joined the Pajama’s Media network. A month later. Michelle Malkin told BusinessWeek that- despite six-digit per day traffic- her web sites were still operating at a loss:
Between her eponymous blog and her video blog, Hot Air, conservative author and columnist Michelle Malkin gets more than 220,000 visits per day, but says her sites still operate at a slight loss.
Malkin went on to explain how expensive it is to run a high-traffic video blog:
“We’re doing what few other blogs can do. We serve up terabytes of bandwidth,” Malkin says. “I’m shelling out for gold-plated servers. That’s expensive, and we want to be able to withstand huge traffic surges.” Hot Air, a group video-blog, in particular needs the bandwidth to stream videos.
Nowadays you’ll find hotair.com rarely hosts videos on their own servers. They post them to YouTube or other video services thus saving their own bandwidth. Could it be that without the O’Reilly gig, Michelle Malkin can’t afford to shell out for those “gold-plated servers” to host her own videos anymore? Let’s go to Allahpundit in October 2006:
Those O’R[eilly Factor] wages help pay for the Hot Air empire, so if O’R wants to talk about O’R, a-talkin’ about O’R she shall be!
That may lend weight to the theory that Malkin took a financial hit when she lost her job with The O’Reilly Factor. But it doesn’t explain what happened to Vent with Michelle Malkin. Early last summer the once five-day-per-week feature just suddenly vanished into the ether, without so much as an explanation from its creator/star or her cronies at Hot Air. If bandwidth was the problem, they could’ve just shifted the burden to YouTube as they’ve done with everything else the past several months. But they didn’t. They just stopped making episodes.
This is pure speculation but my theory is that the whole Vent project was just a ruse- an audition of sorts- to help Michelle Malkin snag her own T.V. show on Fox. Once she figured out that wasn’t going to happen, she dropped the pretense and stopped bothering to make the videos.
The Hot Air side projects- Citizen Journalist, Press Play, and Hot Air Films also seem to have bitten the dust. Only Jihad Watch has remained active, and even its status is up in the air now that “video editing whiz” Bryan Preston has moved on.
So, “the world’s first conservative internet broadcast network” no longer has a video production staff, no longer has any “network” to speak of, and apparently can no longer afford those “gold-plated servers”.
Michelle Malkin takes the Washington Times to task for implementing style changes that include the substitution of the term “lllegal immigrants” for “illegal aliens”.
Um, let’s see.. The Washington Times is owned by The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a mental case and convicted felon who believes he is the second coming of Christ and has said that the Holocaust was “a retribution” by God against Jews.
Michelle Malkin announced last night that Bryan Preston of hotair.com has “left the company” to take a position as a producer for Laura Ingraham’s radio show. This morning Malkin announced that Ed Morrisey of “Captain’s Quarters” will replace Preston at Hot Air.
I’ve never been a regular reader of Morrisey’s blog but my limited impression is that he’s more reasonable than, and not nearly as obnoxious as Bryan Preston. Am I mistaken?
I’ll have more on the changes at hotair.com later. Consider this an open thread.
Francisco Nava ’09 has admitted to fabricating an alleged assault on himself that he said occurred Friday evening and to sending threatening emails to himself, other members of the Anscombe Society and prominent conservative politics professor Robert George, today while being interviewed by Princeton Township Police.
“He fabricated the story,” Det. Sgt. Ernie Silagyi said.
Nava was released to Public Safety and charges “have not been filed pending further investigation,” according to a statement from Township Police.
Former Anscombe president Sherif Girgis ’08 said he is “deeply angry and upset” at the news the incident was fabricated. “I am deeply troubled about what this must mean about Francisco and about his personal life,” he said, adding that he had harbored suspicions about Nava’s story before the Township confirmed the assault was faked.
Ugh. This is bad on many levels. W. Thomas Smith, Jr., a former Marine and milblogger who writes at National Review Online’s The Tank (and whose work in Iraq I’ve praised and linked to here), posts a long-winded defense of bogus, shoddy reporting he published while he was in Lebanon earlier this fall. It’s painful to read because he takes nearly 1,400 words to get to the main points:
1) He claimed he had seen “some 200-plus heavily armed Hezbollah militiamen” at a “sprawling Hezbollah tent city” when, in fact, he hadn’t seen 200-plus heavily armed Hezbollah militiamen.
2) He reported that 4,000-5,000 Hezbollah gunmen had been “deployed to the Christian areas of Beirut in an unsettling ‘show of force,’” when, in fact, there is no evidence that a deployment of 4,000-5,000 Hezbollah gunmen to Christian areas of Beirut ever took place.
IOW, Smith was lying.
Of course, neither Michelle Malkin nor NRO editor Kathryn Jean Lopez actually admits that Smith lied. Lopez says the blog posts were simply missing “context” and “caveats”:
Bottom line: NRO strives to bring you reliable analysis and reporting — whether in presenting articles, essays, or blog posts. Smith did commendable work in Lebanon earlier this year, as he does from S.C. where he is based, as he has done from Iraq, where he has been twice. But rereading some of the posts (see “The Tank” for more detail) and after doing a thorough investigation of some of the points made in some of those posts, I’ve come to the conclusion that NRO should have provided readers with more context and caveats in some posts from Lebanon this fall. And so I apologize to you, our readers.
Malkin, who gleefully characterized Scott Beauchamp’s stories as “bullcrap”, is kinder to Smith, whose lies she describes as “phenomenal errors” and “XXL” “mistakes”:
[…]And “the nature of blogging” doesn’t excuse the phenomenal errors..
We are all fallible. We all make mistakes. But these were not small mistakes. They were XXL ones.
Via Huffington Post’s Thomas Edsall, several Middle-East journalists weigh in on Smith’s tall tales:
Michael Prothero, who has reported for Fortune, the Washington Times, and Slate, wrote in an email:
“In his [Smith’s] wildly entertaining postings, he describes kidnap attempts, an armed incursion into Christian East Beirut by 5,000 armed Hezbollah fighters that was missed by every journalist in town, he also notes the presence of 200 armed Hezbollah fighters in downtown Beirut ‘laying siege’ to the prime ministers office, recounts high-speed car chases and ‘armed recon operations’ where he drives around south Beirut taking pictures of Hezbollah installations, while carrying weapons. In a word, this is all insane.”
“He’s a fabulist,” wrote Chris Allbritton, who has reported from the Middle East since 2002 for Time, Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Times, and the Newark Star-Ledger. According to Allbritton, in an email to the Huffington Post, “[Smith’s] claim that 4,000 Hezbollah gunmen took over East Beirut at the end of September simply never happened. Every journalist in town would have pounced on that story, and he’s the only one who noticed?”
A third reporter for a major U.S. magazine, who did not want his name used because he did not want to become involved in a journalistic controversy, wrote in an email to the Huffington Post:
“Mr. Smith also says that 4,000 armed Hezbollah fighters took up positions in East Beirut one day this fall in a ‘show of force’. This would have been a major international news event and possibly the start of the next Lebanese civil war. In January, unarmed opposition supporters led by Hezbollah shut down roads in Beirut, and the event sparked riots and led the news all over the world. And yet, Mr. Smith is the only journalist in Lebanon to have found this story, as far as I know. So why, with such a major scoop in his hands, does Smith devote just a few lines in a blog post to it? Because it never happened.”
A fourth reporter, who works for a major media outlet and has extensive experience reporting in the area, also asked to remain anonymous, but emailed the Huffington Post:
“This guy is hilarious. Armed Hezbollah at the Serail? He must be mistaking the Lebanese army at the gates – those 200 in the tents are some middle class Hezbollees – who now come once a week to have a smoke with their friends and get away from their wives.”
Michelle Malkin reaches desperately for some moral highground on behalf of conservatives:
Kathryn Lopez, to her credit, immediately disclosed the controversy to readers. Contrary to the TNR editors, she thanked the reporter who first questioned Smith’s account, instead of trashing critics.
Umm… no, Lopez did not “immediately” disclose anything. In fact, two journalists have come forward to say they emailed Lopez with their concerns about Smith’s reporting more than six weeks ago. Apparently, she ignored them. It wasn’t until Edsall contacted her for comment on the story he was writing for Huffington Post that she disclosed anything at all.
Take the painting, “Keep on Talkin’.” It’s an unflattering portrait of American activist Michelle Malkin, author of the infamous book, “In Defense of Internment.” Malkin’s book and her radio interviews earned her a dubious place in Shimomura’s collection. He depicts a wide-mouthed Malkin shouting in protest from a Minidoka Camp barrack. It may not be actual poetic justice, but perhaps it’s “artistic justice”?
Ouch. I’m sure Michelle Malkin would say this is the product of some kind of “derangement syndrome” but I don’t see where she has much room to complain. She’s the one who wrote that embarrassing book.
You can see a high-res version of the painting (along with the others in the series) here. And if you’re in the Seattle area, you can check out the Shimomura exhibit at the Greg Kucera Gallery through December 22.
PHOENIX (AP) — A 9-year-old boy looking for help after his mother crashed their van in the southern Arizona desert was rescued by a man entering the U.S. illegally, who stayed with him until help arrived the next day, an official said.
The van vaulted into a canyon and landed 300 feet from the road, he said. The woman, from Rimrock, north of Phoenix, survived the impact but was pinned inside, [Sheriff Tony Estrada] said.
Her son, unhurt but disoriented, crawled out to get help and was found about two hours later by Jesus Manuel Cordova, 26, of Magdalena de Kino in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. Unable to pull the mother out, he comforted the boy while they waited for help.
The woman died a short time later.
“He stayed with him, told him that everything was going to be all right,” Estrada said.
As temperatures dropped, he gave him a jacket, built a bonfire and stayed with him until about 8 a.m. Friday, when hunters passed by and called authorities, Estrada said. The boy was flown to University Medical Center in Tucson as a precaution but appeared unhurt.
Cordova was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents, who were the first to respond to the call for help. He had been trying to walk into the U.S. when he came across the boy.
The boy just lost his father a couple of months ago. Very sad.
The boy and his mother were in the area camping, Estrada said. The woman’s husband, the boy’s father, had died only two months ago. The names of the woman and her son were not being released until relatives were notified.
Cordova likely saved the boy, Estrada said, and his actions should remind people not to quickly characterize illegal immigrants as criminals.
It’s meaningless in the context of the broader debate in the U.S. over whether to let in more brown people, but this story is no more or less meaningless in that sense than the stories of criminality and violence by immigrants that some – like Matt Drudge and Lou Dobbs – love to highlight to inflame that debate.
Michelle Malkin is outraged, that some protesters in Washington state brought children to an anti-war demonstration Sunday. She even has pictures with circles and arrows so you’ll be sure to spot the children in question. And her commenters are howling that CPS should get involved and take these kids away from their parents.
I’ve never been to a protest but I wouldn’t think it a good idea to bring children along. Not to anti-war protest, or any other kind of protest where children might be harmed.
Michelle Malkin however, apparently had no problem with bringing children to the Terri Schiavo protest a couple of years ago. She praised the “amazing” “pro-life activists and evangelical disabled advocates who have been peacefully keeping vigil outside Terri Schiavo’s hospice”, and featured pictures of them on her blog:
She even scolded the media for “disapprovingly” pointing out that some demonstrators had brought their children:
Instead, we get pieces like this Associated Press report–which treats pro-life activists as freaks and editorializes disapprovingly that demonstrators have brought children “some too young to truly understand why they are there.”
Think the Terri Schiavo protest wasn’t a dangerous place for kids? Think again:
Police snipers were spotted on the roof of the hospice by several protesters who arrived early on Saturday, and police dogs could be heard barking from behind the police lines. Capt. Michael Haworth, a spokesman for the Pinellas Park Police, said he could not say whether there were snipers posted but added that police officers had received threats.
Some parents at the Schiavo protest even managed to get their children arrested as they encouraged them to try to cross the police line:
But for some protesters, prayer alone was not enough. Several feet away police were arresting Chris Keys of Burnet, Texas, and three of his children for trying to break through the police cordon at the entrance to the hospice. The family carried symbolic cups of water in their hands to slake Schiavo’s thirst. When the officers moved to handcuff Keys’ children, his 14-year-old daughter, Josie, and her brothers, Cameron, 12, and Gabriel, 10, went down on their knees.
I wonder if Michelle Malkin’s commenters will scream for CPS to have these kids taken away from their parents?
Michelle Malkin is on a roll, doing her best to whip up hatred toward anyone who disagrees with her on the war. Even U.S. veterans:
Completing an unhinged trifecta, here’s a story out of Boston on a disruption today at the annual Veterans Day parade by anti-war protesters:
More than a dozen members of an antiwar veterans group were arrested yesterday as they protested the exclusion of their message from Boston’s Veterans Day parade.
Members of Veterans for Peace lined up in front of a podium at City Hall Plaza holding antiwar placards, as color guards from Massachusetts military units and JROTC bands from across the state filed into Government Center for a ceremony, sponsored by the American Legion, to honor veterans after the parade. Some protesters wore gags, which they later said symbolized the fact that, while they were permitted to march in the parade, they were prevented from carrying signs opposing the war in Iraq.
“We were exercising our First Amendment rights,” said Winston Warfield of Dorchester, a member of the group. “The First Amendment protects free speech, even when you don’t agree with what’s being said.
Here’s the part she omitted:
When Boston police asked the demonstrators to move from the front of the podium so that the Veterans Day services could continue, they refused. As the Boston Firemen’s Band played The Marine Hymn, several protesters were placed in plastic handcuffs and led away.
“Our free speech and civil rights are being abridged here,” said Nate Goldschlag, a Vietnam-era veteran who was among those standing in front of the podium. “We are veterans, too, and we should be allowed to express our opposition to this war.”
Not if Michelle Malkin has her way [Emphasis mine]:
Don’t these people have enough of their own damned parades
without having to ruin everyone else’s?
Michelle Malkin’s lead story tonight is titled Manufacturing the news: ABC News hires actors to engage in homosexual PDA, provoke reaction.
I don’t get why I’m supposed to be outraged over this:
When you don’t feel like covering the news, you manfacture it. Remember the story I broke last spring about NBC News engineering a sting at NASCAR to try and expose fans as anti-Muslim bigots? Well, it looks like the dinosaur networks haven’t learned from the embarrassing backlash to that pathetic episode. Or Rathergate. Or Shattered Glass. Or Janet Cooke. Or Scott Thomas Beauchamp. Etc. etc. etc.
Now, according to the local Fox affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, it looks like ABC News is engaging in media stage management and Theater of Journalism to expose anti-homosexual bigotry in the South:
ABC is doing a social experiment in Birmingham that includes having same-sex couples show affection for each other in public, according to Birmingham police department sources.
FOX6 first learned about this story from a Southside merchant who pointed out an RV parked at the corner of 20th Street and 11th Avenue South. The merchant said ABC was working on a week-long project to see how people would react to things like public displays of affection by gay and lesbian couples. A FOX6 news reporter approached the RV and talked with an “actor” who said, “Yes, we are working for ABC News.”
The “experiment” is apparently for ABC’s Primetime Live program, which is running a series of undercover stings titled “What Would You Do?”
Welcome to Serious Broadcast Journalism: If you can’t find the video you need to fit the P.C. left narrative, hire actors to make it happen.
Dinosaur network news motto: All the news that’s fit to stage.
Sorry, but I wouldn’t call that “staged” news. It’s called investigative journalism, which often requires some level of deceit. Now, if ABC had hired actors to fake their reactions to the gay couples, then she could call it staged news. Or if ABC, say… got a group of gays together for a “spontaneous” “back and forth” video conference and was then busted on video coaching and rehearsing them ahead of time, she could call that staged news.
Malkin not convinced that Bush’s video conference with troops was “staged”
In her October 19 syndicated column, Michelle Malkin took to task “[t]he Associated Press, NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell and others in the Bush-bashing press corps” for “accus[ing] the White House and 10 soldiers from the Army’s 42nd Infantry Division of ‘staging’ ” an October 13 video conference in which President Bush spoke with soldiers stationed in Iraq. Malkin also criticized NBC News for “indulging in its Bush-deranged feeding frenzy over the ‘staged’ talk with the troops.” But the very same NBC Nightly News report specifically referenced by Malkin included extended video of preparations for the event making it abundantly clear that it was, in fact, “staged.”
Now she’s trying to whip her readers into a frenzy over a legitimate investigative journalism piece which might expose some anti-gay bigots as anti-gay bigots. She’s even likening the piece to Rathergate, for Pete’s sake.
Whether Michelle Malkin quit or was fired from The O’Reilly Factor is still a matter of speculation, but Fox has now replaced Malkin with rightwing talk radio host and author Laura Ingraham, according to TV Newser:
Laura Ingraham Joins FNC
TVNewser has learned Laura Ingraham is joining FNC as the primary fill-in for Bill O’Reilly as well as for Sean Hannity on Hannity and Colmes. Ingraham will also contribute to other FNC shows. Ingraham will continue to host her daily radio show. No stranger to TV, Ingraham is often a guest commentator on cable news shows. She also hosted her own show on MSNBC called “Watch It!” (Full disclosure, produced by yours truly).
>More: In a press release Ingraham says, “After years of guest appearances on FOX, I couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to add my voice to FNC’s stellar lineup.”
Michelle Malkin, on the other hand, has all but disappeared from FNC, with the occasional appearance on Fox’s morning show her only recent contributions.
I can’t wait to see Michelle Malkin and her cronies at HotAir.com try to defend this:
During the October 15 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed to have “once” participated in the kind of “destructive reporting and behavior” that, according to him, reporters “dish out.” Limbaugh said his target was a reporter, whose name he said he would not “mention,” who was writing “a cover story on me coming out of one of the big news magazines, and it was going to totally mischaracterize me and what I do and how I do it.” Limbaugh continued: “[W]e found out who was writing it and made a couple phone calls to the person writing it. And we said, ‘You know what? We’re going to find out where your kids go to school. We’re going to find out who you knocked up in high school. We’re going to find out what drugs you used. We’re going to find out where you go to drink and do — we’re gonna find out how you paid for your house. We’re going to do — and we’re going to do exact — and we’re going to say that, you know what? You are no different than Al Goldstein. You both masturbate.’ ”
Limbaugh then claimed: “And the guy started screaming on the phone, just went — ‘You can’t do that.’ We said, ‘Watch us.’ And it changed the tone of the story by about 60 percent, I would say, from what it was going to be. But nobody does that to these people. Nobody does it to them. And that would be so much fun.”
I’m betting that the rightwingers will not only defend it but applaud it.
From: “Michelle Malkin”
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 23:04:58 -0400
Subject: Re: Michelle no longer on the Factor?
I made the decision to quit appearing on the O’Reilly show in response to the poor handling of the Geraldo Rivera matter (the staged “apology” on The Factor was a complete farce). I won’t go into details, but please know that your support means a lot to me. You can catch me on other Fox News shows and read my daily blog posts and weekly columns at MichelleMalkin.com.
A reader emails wondering if there is more to the story:
Why did she “quit” now? The Geraldo spitting thing was a month and a half ago. I think this has something to do with Graham Frost.
I’ve been following the Malkin-Geraldo saga for several weeks and I don’t think her leaving the show is related to the stalking and smearing of Graeme Frost and his family.
I’m pretty sure that she “quit” (or was fired) last month and it’s only now becoming public. She hasn’t appeared on The Factor since Sept. 10th. Geraldo made his on-air apology on Sept. 14. She removed the “notable quotable” from her web site the next day but as far as I know, she didn’t comment on Geraldo again until she was on Laura Ingraham’s show on Sept. 25. Here’s what she said:
He gave a supposed apology on air, and you know what? I have moved on dot org.
So, whether she quit or got fired, I can’t say, but whatever happened, I think probably happened shortly after Geraldo apologized. That’s when she clammed up about the issue after throwing a temper tantrum about it on her blog for two weeks .
Whatever happened- whether she quit or was fired- it doesn’t appear that Geraldo’s spitting remark was as good for her career as she obviously thought it was going to be (she keeps thinking that her own victimhood will be her ticket to stardom). She gets barely any air time on FNC at all now from what I hear.
Michelle Malkin’s lead story today was “Democrat poster-child abuse, the nutroots’ pushback, and the continued campaign to silence the Right“.
That’s right. Michelle Malkin is pushing the mantra that there is some grand conspiracy to “silence” the folks on her side of the aisle. This claim comes after the rightwing blogosphere’s disgusting, coordinated campaign to stalk and smear Graeme Frost- a brain damaged 12 year old boy- and his family.
Two weeks ago, the Democratic radio address was delivered by a 12-year old Maryland boy named Graeme Frost. Graeme told his story of being involved in a severe car accident three years ago, and having received access to medical care because of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. He said:
If it weren’t for CHIP, I might not be here today. … We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the CHIP program. But there are millions of kids out there who don’t have CHIP, and they wouldn’t get the care that my sister and I did if they got hurt. … I just hope the President will listen to my story and help other kids to be as lucky as me.
Since Graeme’s radio address, the fine folks on the right side of the blogosphere have declared this little boy “fair game”. They have hounded, stalked and harassed the Frost family. They’ve published personal information including where the Frost family live, work, and where their children attend school. Michelle Malkin herself traveled to Baltimore and snooped around the Frost’s property.
All this because a little boy and his family dared to speak out publicly on an issue which hits tragically close to home for them.
And the more personal experience, knowledge or so-called “moral authority” you have on a particular issue, the harder they will try to smear and intimidate you into silence.
But up is down and black is white in Michelle Malkin’s world. The coordinated stalking and intimidation of Graeme Frost’s family is just Malkin’s idea of “reporting”, you see. She and the Freepers and the rightwing radio hosts and other assorted wingnuts are merely “filling the vacuum” left by the evil mainstream media. And when the left blogosphere dares to call out the right on their disgusting, thuggish intimidation campaign against a brain damaged 12-year-old and his family, they are trying to “silence” the right. Yeah.
I simply can not believe this is what the Republican party has become. I just can’t. It just makes me sick to think all those years of supporting this party, and this is what it has become. Even if you don’t like the S-Chip expansion, it is hard to deny what Republicans are- a bunch of bitter, nasty, petty, snarling, sneering, vicious thugs, peering through people’s windows so they can make fun of their misfortune.
As John Cole pointed out yesterday, the Frosts should be the Republican dream family. Mr Frost is a blue collar entrepreneur; Mrs Frost is a part time worker with four young children, two of whom have serious health problems. They live in a house they’ve fixed up themselves which is their only real asset aside from an “investment” that has gained $500 in value in ten years. (Like many Americans, I doubt these people have Roth IRA’s and 401K plans and stock portfolios, don’t you?) Despite the nosy uninformed discussion of their kitchen counter tops, these people are not living high off the hog. They have virtually no disposable income. They are just average, working Americans trying to do their best.
Apparently, that’s not enough. Malkin and her husband are lucky enough to qualify for wingnut welfare and have healthy children. Bully for them. They got theirs and are now railing against the “choices” made by two working parents who make 45,000 a year. But I think she and her stalker squad are going to be surprised to find that most people don’t see things their way — this smug judgmentalism and rank callousness is not the American way. That’s not what freedom is all about.
But while the Frosts were helping a bipartisan majority in Congress sell a plan to expand the program, they were not prepared for comments such as this one, posted over the weekend on the conservative Web site Redstate:
“If federal funds were required [they] could die for all I care. Let the parents get second jobs, let their state foot the bill or let them seek help from private charities. … I would hire a team of PIs and find out exactly how much their parents made and where they spent every nickel. Then I’d do everything possible to destroy their lives with that info.”
“Hang ’em. Publically,” the contributor wrote. “Let ’em twist in the wind and be eaten by ravens. Then maybe the bunch of socialist patsies will think twice.”
Citizen journalists, at your doorstep. Maybe she can get some of her flunkies at Hot Air to sit with binoculars and see what they have for dinner. Better not be government cheese, or the SHIT is going to hit the fan.
Michelle Malkin is outraged over this boingboing.net post in which BoingBoing’s co-founder makes a tasteless joke about “hanging conservatives”.
The site’s co-founder, Mark Frauenfelder, doesn’t want conservatives on his site. Yesterday, he mocked a Young America’s Foundation poster of conservative authors/figures (including yours truly) and joked about hanging us:
First, he quoted the promotional blurb about the poster from the YAF site, which begins, “Hang the leaders of the Conservative Movement on the wall in your office, home, or dorm!”
Frauenfelder’s comment: “They had me with the first seven words of their pitch.”
As I’ve pointed out before, Michelle Malkin apparently has no problem with this sort of “gallows humor” when it comes from her own side of the aisle.
LIMBAUGH: There’s a lot more than that that they don’t understand. They can’t even — if — the next guy that calls here, I’m gonna ask him: Why should we pull — what is the imperative for pulling out? What’s in it for the United States to pull out? They can’t — I don’t think they have an answer for that other than, “Well, we just gotta bring the troops home.”
CALLER 2: Yeah, and, you know what —
LIMBAUGH: “Save the — keep the troops safe” or whatever. I — it’s not possible, intellectually, to follow these people.
CALLER 2: No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.
LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.
CALLER 2: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they’re willing to sacrifice for their country.
LIMBAUGH: They joined to be in Iraq. They joined —
Notice how he referred to soldiers in the plural.
Two days later, the plural morphed into singular when Limbaugh attempted to defend his remarks. Claiming that Media Matters took him out of context, Limbaugh asserted:
I was talking about one soldier with that “phony soldier” comment, Jesse MacBeth.
everybody involved in this knows full well I was talking about one genuine, convicted, lying, fake soldier
But now, apparently recognizing how lame Rush’s excuse was, Michelle Malkin is echoing some of her fellow rightwingers, and the I was only talking about one soldier excuse has morphed into the plural again. Sunday night, Malkin quoted fellow rightwinger Brian Maloney to explain what Limbaugh really meant:
Brian Maloney points out that ABC News aired a report on phony soldiers and Operation Stolen Valor two days before Rush made his remarks. Asks Maloney: “Given the overwhelming evidence to support Limbaugh’s contention that he really was talking about phony soldiers who have faked their service, how does the left justify continuing this fabrication?”
The United State’s Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, describes Operation Stolen Valor as “a year long effort to investigate and prosecute those who lie about their military service for financial gain or other reasons.”
No doubt, there are characters out there who exaggerate their military service or falsely claim to be veterans. Most of them do it to get financial or medical benefits to which they are not actually entitled, but there are also a few who do it for political reasons or just to get attention. Regardless of their reasons, they are wrong and, in my opinion, should be exposed and prosecuted.
But Limbaugh clearly was not referring to Operation Stolen Valor when he made the “phony soldiers” remark. Read it again:
CALLER 2: No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.
LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.
CALLER 2: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they’re willing to sacrifice for their country.
LIMBAUGH: They joined to be in Iraq. They joined —
They’re obviously referring to soldiers who don’t think we should be in Iraq. Soldiers who speak out against the war. Soldiers like Jon Soltz and Alex Horton and those at VoteVets.org, as well as the many troops and veterans who have emailed me since I started this site, who make clear that Michelle Malkin does not speak for them.
Rush Limbaugh called all of them phony soldiers. Just like he smeared Paul Hackett, calling him a “staff puke”, and accusing him of going to Iraq to “pad the resume'”.
Michelle Malkin can spin all she likes but it is as clear as day that Rush Limbaugh thinks any soldier who doesn’t agree with him on Iraq is a “phony soldier”. That’s exactly what he said and that’s exactly what he meant.
Michelle Malkin’s employee Bryan Preston defends Bill O’Reilly’s latest racist remarks in this hotair.com thread-
Bill O’Reilly is no racist. What he said wasn’t racist, and Media Matters and CNN and CBS know that. They’re all collectively dishonestly smearing Bill O’Reilly because they think there’s a shot at taking him down.
There isn’t. Any of you Media Matters Soros-fed minions who are reading this: You have nothing. You’re dishonest cranks, and the more you press the story, the more obvious that becomes.
Bryan then tries to change the subject by playing up Tammy Bruce’s paranoid assertion that “the real story” is that Media Matters is part of a “gestapo” “network” smear machine-
Tammy Bruce zeroes in on what the real story is behind the attempt to turn O’Reilly into the next Don Imus, and it’s not a story Media Matters wants to be told.
Well, I hate to break it to Bryan and Michelle, but Bill O’Reilly deserves every bit of criticism he is getting for making these remarks:
“I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.”
“There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’ You know, I mean, everybody was — it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.”
Well, dog my cat! Bill O’Reilly is shocked, shocked I tell ya, that black patrons of a black owned restaurant aren’t screaming “M-Fer, I want more iced tea.” What an ignorant jackass. His remarks are along the same lines as praising a person of color for being “articulate”. It’s meant to sound like a compliment but the racist undertones are glaringly obvious.
But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you’re a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have.
Emceeing Saturday night’s Best Friends rock-and-roll gala at the Marriott Wardman Park — which raised $800,000 for the 15-year-old charity benefiting inner-city schoolchildren — the Fox News Channel star was trying to fill dead air during a lull in the entertainment.
Members of the “Best Men,” as the sixth-to-eighth-grade boys in the program are called, were delayed getting onstage to perform a lip-synced rendition of the Four Tops standard “Reach Out (I’ll Be There).” O’Reilly ad-libbed: “Does anyone know where the Best Men are? I hope they’re not in the parking lot stealing our hubcaps.”
The fact that Bryan Preston is defending O’Reilly is not surprising. You should really take a look at this thread on hotair.com in which Preston defends the unequal justice meted out by the white racist D.A. in the “Jena 6” case. Some of the comments on that thread lay bare the inherent racism still so prevalent on Michelle Malkin’s side of the aisle.
On September 25th, 2007 at 12:17 pm, davidcaskey said:
I think a number of you need to look a The War of Northern Aggression and Lincoln in their real light and understand that the fact that we do not have slavery today is an exception in the long history of the human race. In 1860, slavery was morally accepted and legal and both North and South accepted the practice.
You really should look at what we lost as a result of the Union victory and the centralization of our government.
And they wonder why blacks vote overwhelmingly Democratic.
Several readers have emailed to note that Michelle has not been on for her usual spot on The O’Reilly Factor the past two weeks.
She took the big “notable quotable” doohickey off of her blog shortly after Geraldo apologized, but she hasn’t blogged a word about the apology or her absence from The Factor. I think she’s just pouting because O’Reilly didn’t allow her to play the victim card on his show.
On a personal note, I have a very busy week so blogging may be even more sporadic than usual.
Michelle Malkin has long been a cheerleader for uber-rightwing congressman Bobby Jindal.
In 2003, Jindal ran for governor of Louisiana and lost to Democrat Kathleen Blanco. Now Jindal is running for Governor of Louisiana again, and is currently leading in the polls. One of his opponents, Walter Boasso, a Democrat, paid for the above political ad which criticizes Bobby Jindal’s conduct as Louisiana’s Director of Health and Hospitals (1996-1998).
I know that there are two sides to every story and I never take any political ad at face value (see Veterans for Truth, Swiftboat, 2004). From what I’ve read, Jindal claims his “heartlessness” was not heartlessness at all, he was just “cleaning up fraud and corruption” in the state Medicaid system.
But John McNiece, the mentally disabled man who was thrown out of a nursing home and on to the streets under Bobby Jindal’s DHH, apparently was guilty of neither fraud nor corruption. In fact, if the information in the video is correct, “a court ruled Jindal’s actions illegal and rendered a summary judgement against him” (John B. McNiece v. Bobby Jindal 4/15/98).
When asked about McNiece last week by the Baton Rouge Advocate, this was Jindal’s response:
“It sounds to me like this was a sad case,” Jindal said. “There are a lot of sad cases.”
What a swell guy. Nice to know Michelle Malkin’s friends are every bit as caring and compassionate as she is.
Here are photos of members of “Gathering of Eagles” who assaulted gold star father Carlos Arredondo in broad daylight in Washington, D.C., on September 15, 2007, throwing him to the ground and kicking him.
Account of what happened from Arredondo’s wife By Mélida Arredondo:
Carlos Arredondo, 47 year old father of two sons, arrived in the nation’s capitol on Monday, 09/10/07 to share a memorial he has made to honor for his eldest son, Alex. Carlos has visited thirty of the United States with the traveling memorial to his son Alexander. Lcpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, USMC was killed on 08/25/04. He was 20 years and 20 days old. The memorial consists of a casket, poster- size photographs of Alex when he graduated from boot camp, before his second tour in Iraq, lying in state at his wake, and a photo of Alex with his younger brother Brian.
Saturday, September 15, 2007 consisted of first a rally, a march towards the capitol and then a die-in. Carlos pulled the memorial along the march route approaching the rotunda near the capitol building. Several of the marchers requested for him to speak about the memorial where a crowd gathered around him. After finishing, several people walked with Carlos as he pulled the memorial. Several pictures of Alex dressed in his blues were attached to the display.
As Carlos passed counter protesters, one man ripped a picture of Alex from the memorial. Carlos leaped on the man to retrieve the picture. It was at that point that approximately five others all began to attack Carlos by kicking him in the head, legs, stomach and back.
It’s hard to make out what’s happening from the photos linked in the story.
But as I mentioned before, Michelle Malkin claims to have video of the incident. Here’s what she had to say about it as she live-blogged the protest on Sept. 15:
Across from Taft Park, some anti-American demonstrators waving a large, upside-down American flag and pulling a coffin with Army boots got in a scuffle with Eagles. We’ll have that video of that as well.
So where’s the video? If it’s already been posted and I missed it somehow, someone please send me a link. If it hasn’t been posted, Malkin should do so ASAP. If the incident did not occur as Arredondo’s wife recounts it, then the video should exhonerate the Eagles. If, on the other hand, Arredondo’s account is accurate, Michelle Malkin should do the right thing and release the video and publicly condemn the actions of the men who beat and kicked this Gold Star father.
Update- Emailer Brad sends some video links.
This first one shows the tail end of the incident. It’s difficult to see what’s going on during the altercation, but later in the video you can see the police wrestling Arredondo to the ground for what looks like no apparent reason:
In the second video, Chris Hill, “national director of operations” for GoE, speaks to the crowd.
Mr. Hill is clearly one of the Eagles in this photograph taken immediately after Carlos Arredondo’s alleged beating. Same hat. Same T-shirt. Same sunglasses. Obviously the same guy. Did Chris Hill take part in the alleged assault?
If you know of any other online video of the incident, please send me a link or leave in comments.
I’ve had a few irate liberal readers asking why I haven’t written about the Jena Six. For one thing, the MSM is covering it wall to wall. I like to cover stories that aren’t getting coverage. The Jena Six case is everywhere. CNN has special reports up the wazoo. MTV is all over it. Just Google it.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The FBI is reviewing a white supremacist Web site that purports to list the addresses of five of the six black teenagers accused of beating a white student in Jena and “essentially called for their lynching,” an agency spokeswoman said Saturday.
Sheila Thorne, an agent in the FBI’s New Orleans office, said authorities were reviewing whether the site breaks any federal laws. She said the FBI had “gathered intelligence on the matter,” but declined to further explain how the agency got involved.
CNN first reported Friday about the Web site, which features a swastika, frequent use of racial slurs, a mailing address in Roanoke, Va., and phone numbers purportedly for some of the teens’ families “in case anyone wants to deliver justice.” That page is dated Thursday.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement Saturday that some of the families have received “almost around the clock calls of threats and harassment,” and called on Gov. Kathleen Blanco to intervene.
A Blanco spokeswoman said the governor had asked law enforcement — primarily state police — to investigate.
“These people need more than an investigation. They need protection,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said. He said his organization would be in touch with President Bush’s nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey.
“This is a test for the disposition of the Department of Justice to serve as an intervenor and a deterrent” to hate crimes and discrimination, Jackson said. He said federal marshals should protect the families.
I have no sympathy for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad– a holocaust denier and all around nut case. But when did Michelle Malkin start allowing commenters to make assassination threats on her blog? (H/T to emailer Alex).
On September 19th, 2007 at 6:20 pm, shooter said:
1-Cheytak M200 408 system: $8,000.00
Hotel room in NYC……: $350.00
1- 408 round………..: $1.75
Right place at the right time….PRICELESS!
Michelle Malkin’s employee Bryan at hotair.com is right proud of himself. One of their “HotAir TV” videos was apparently mentioned on the The Rush Limbaugh show yesterday, and then on Fox & Friends this morning.
The video- made by Young America’s Foundation’s Jason Mattera, shows Mattera confronting Rep. Jack Murtha over remarks he made last year about the 2005 Haditha killings.
We’ve just obtained video of Rep. Jack Murtha being directly confronted over repeatedly accusing the Haditha Marines of murdering Iraqis “in cold blood.”
On the video, Murtha answers, “The trial’s still going on”, which is true, but apparently not relevant to Bryan Preston and Michelle Malkin and all the other wingnuts who are chest-thumping and high-fiving each other over what they perceive as the “pwning” of Rep. Murtha.
Jack Murtha, by the way, is a former Marine who- unlike the little weasel harassing him on the video- enlisted and served in two wars. Jason Materrra, on the other hand, refuses to serve.
MATTHEWS: Would you like to enlist them? You‘re 21. You‘re eligible to serve. Would you like to serve in this war?
MATTERA: I‘m fighting the battle for ideas. I‘m fighting…
MATTHEWS: No, I‘m just asking a particular question. Would you like to enlist in this war?
MATTERA: No, because I‘m fighting a separate battle. I‘m fighting—we‘re fighting the culture war here, but I‘m also supporting the battle that‘s raging in Iraq.
MATTHEWS: Well, what kind of people should fight in this war, if not you?
MATTERA: Those who want to, those who want—who feel the desire, who have the passion to go over to Iraq. I have many friends who are in Iraq myself, people from my church, people who I graduated with.
MATTERA: They went to go fight over there. I‘m here. I‘m fighting the culture war right now. Both need to be fought and both need to be won by conservatives.
I love the smell of manufactured outrage in the morning! Murtha, you see, never named Sharratt or Tatum, or anybody else, as responsible for the Haditha deaths. This is all he said:
Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.
Murtha said “our troops.” He didn’t single out Sharratt or Tatum or anyone else. And the Marines themselves seem to think that our troops killed civilians in cold blood because they have taken the charges against Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich to trial based on testimony from another Marine that Wuterich shot civilians in Haditha without cause.
Oblivious to these facts, a whole battalion of of wingnut bloggers have posted the tape of the Battle of Rayburn HOB, and ever since been high-fiving and shouting “Hooyah” to each other over Matterra’s extreme courage under fire. Among the battalion are Allahpundit’s butt boy PFC Bryan as well as Staff Sgt. Jim “Gateway Pundit and Fashion Model” Hoft, Brigadier General Scott “Big Trunk, Small Johnson” Johnson, and, natch, Lance Cpl. Charles “Little Green Dingleberries” Johnson (note: referrals from here are often bravely redirected).