As an example of a 9/10 person, Malkin presents Cindy Sheehan, …a woman who lost her son in a needless war in the wrong country. A war designed to give people like Michelle Malkin the warm fuzzies by making them believe that if we invade their countries and kill enough of them over there, they won’t be killing us over here. 9/10 person Cindy Sheehan is a tragic example of what the loss of a child and the ensuing grief can do to a person.
Then there is Michelle Malkin, she is a 9/12 person. Strong. Resolute. She will not submit. She’s not like Cindy Sheehan; she hasn’t got time for sorrow. She’s too busy John Doe-ing the brown folks, keeping America strong, boo-freaking-hooing the namby-pampy dhimmi sob sisters who would sell our great nation out to the be-burqa’d hordes who would drain our precious bodily fluids[…]
James Choate came to Washington last night from Birmingham, Ala., joining five friends on a mission to save the lives of American elementary school children.
Choate, who works in an advertising mailhouse back home, flew through scary thunderstorms to attend the Gathering of Eagles, where he and others stood wearing buttons that said “Never Trust Democrats with National Security.”
Choate said he and his friend felt compelled to come to Washington because most Americans refused to believe that “the terrorists have got people planted all over the country from Al Queda who are preparing to go on one day into many elementary schools in our country and kill our children. We have this on good authority, we have sources.”
Choate said he was disappointed to see how few people turned out to the Gathering of Eagles. “Most of the country doesn’t want to believe it, ” he said. “Everybody’s getting a false feeling of security. Every morning, I wake up and just hope another 9-11 hasn’t happened overnight.”
Choate and his friends said the poor turnout was “disturbing,” but said they nonetheless were stirred by the support of those who did attend; […]
Sheesh. Talk about unhinged. As a commenter on Fisher’s blog notes,
50 years ago, [Choate] would have been going on about Communists putting chlorine in the drinking water, or sapping our precious bodily fluids.
By Michael E. Ruane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 17, 2007; 2:32 PM
The unidentified substance that was found splashed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial earlier this month was the result of vandalism, the U.S. Park Police said today.
Sgt. Robert Lachance, a spokesman for the Park Police, said the investigation into the incident is continuing, but the detective on the case had ruled it an act of vandalism. Lachance said he could provide no more details because the probe is still underway.
The oily substance was first reported to police the evening of Sept. 7, National Park Service officials have said. Dark blotches were found along a stone curb at the base of the memorial for most of its length, and at least two of the wall’s panels appeared to have had something splashed on them.
Park Service officials said they did not know what the substance was, and at first said it was unclear if it was the result of vandalism or some kind of accident.
Park Service spokesman Bill Line said today that maintenance and preservation crews were still working to remove the stains and marks, but were proceeding with caution to avoid further damage. He said the crews were trying to avoid pushing any residue into cracks or grout in the stone.
“We’re purposefully going to take our time,” he said.
Line said it could take another week or more to clean, but officials remain confident they can remove all the stains.
“It’s deplorable that someone would vandalize what’s really a national shrine,” said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which built the wall. “It’s an outrage. It’s sad.”
He said the fund is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to arrest and conviction in the case.
Scruggs said the memorial is open 24 hours a day, year round, and has been visited by an estimated 80 million people.
“No organized group would ever be a part of anything like this,” he said. “But there are deranged individuals in our society, and I think one has visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”
Also of interest, I found this over at the GoE web site, dated August 23, 2007. They were obviously already concerned that attendance might be poor.
I understand that some of you don’t feel the same urgency as when the Vietnam Wall was threatened last March, while others have been put off by the post-March 17 schisms.
I really hope they catch whoever is responsible for the vandalism.
About 13 blocks away, nearly 1,000 counterprotesters gathered near the Washington Monument, frequently erupting in chants of “U-S-A” and waving American flags.
Yeah, I know both sides tend to inflate their turnout numbers. ANSWER organizers are saying that 100,000 anti-war protesters turned out, but most of the articles I’ve read are reporting just “thousands” or “tens of thousands”. Even if only 10,000 showed up (the projected attendance figure on ANSWER’s crowd permit application) they still outnumbered the counter-protesters by at least 10 to 1.
Michelle Malkin is complaining about ANSWER’s estimate of 100,000.
There were certainly more of them compared to the March protest, but there’s no way there were 100,000. Knock off a zero and you’re getting closer to reality.)
But Malkin, if you’ll recall after the last GoE gathering in March, was crowing that GoE turnout was “30,000 strong”, although newspaper accounts at the time put the figure at “several hundred”. She even attributed the 30,000 estimate to the National Parks Service.
I am the spokesperson for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. I never issued any statement of any kind about anything related to this past weekend’s events, let alone anything about crowd size. In fact, I was never asked that question by anyone.
Anyone who gives any crowd size number or figure for this past weekend is making the figure up and does not have any authorization whatsoever to attribute those figures to the National Park Service.
Communications & Tourism Officer
National Park Service
National Capital Region
Michelle Malkin credits members of Free Republic (AKA “Freepers”) for first reporting the possible vandalism to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial this week.
A reader emails a reminder of what the Freepers had to say about vandalism in August, 2005, when a Texas man was arrested for driving his his pickup truck over a makeshift memorial at Camp Casey, destroying the white wooden crosses bearing names of soldiers killed in the Iraq war.
Seems to be the only person so far with the Balls to do what’s necessary.
Michelle Malkin tries to whip her readers into a frenzy over a mysterious incident at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial last weekend.
According to NBC’s Washington D.C. affiliate, NBC4.com, “A light, oily substance was spilled along the base” of the wall. The U.S. Park Service is investigating, but not much else is known.
WASHINGTON — A light, oily substance was spilled along the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and U.S. Park Police said they are investigating.
Park Police said they were notified of the substance at about 5 p.m. on Friday. It was along the base of several panels.
The National Park Service will clean up the substance, police said. The Park Service said they expect to be able to clean up all of the substance.
Park Police are investigating but said it is unknown if the spill is a criminal act.
“The care and security of this national treasure remain a top priority to both the Memorial Fund and the National Park Service,” said Jan C. Scruggs, the founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. “While it is unclear what transpired, we are heartened by the response of the veterans’ community and the general public.”
Anyone with information about the spill should call the Park Police tip line at 202-610-8737.
See Malkin’s post for links to video and photographs of the damage.
If this was indeed an act of vandalism, it was a stupid, hateful thing to do. As Jon Stewart would say, “You’re Not Helping”.
That said, Michelle Malkin is just exploiting the incident in an attempt to swell the ranks of the GoE counter-protest in D.C. this weekend. Her over-dramatic blog post and video presentation make it pretty clear that she wants her readers to blame some liberal, “moveon.org type” boogeymen for the incident, even as U.S. Parks officials insist there’s yet no evidence that the act was even intentional.
Malkin links to several sources, but conveniently omits reported statements from two different Parks officials:
Bill Line, Communications officer for the National Park Service doesn’t think [the assumption that the incident was vandalism] would be normal.
“No it would not be normal… it would be wrong,” Line said defensively.
“It would be — wrong — to call this incident vandalism because we have not concluded the investigation, it is still ongoing. It would be premature and wrong to use the words vandal, or vandalism… It could have been an accident.
The substance “could have been from a variety of different products,” and it is not clear whether it was spread intentionally, said Sgt. Robert LaChance, Park Police spokesman.
“We are investigating to see if there was any criminal act or if it was an accident,” Sgt. LaChance said. “We don’t have any indication that it was intentional, but we are investigating to see if it’s a possibility.“
To be clear, I have no idea what happened to the wall, and I’m not speculating one way or the other. It may very well have been vandalism. I don’t know. But neither does Michelle Malkin.
The thing is, for Malkin’s purposes, it doesn’t matter what really happened. She’s not so much interested in the truth as she is in riling up her fans and attracting throngs of angry wingnuts to the GoE counter-protest this weekend. Hell, she even comes right out and admits it:
If this doesn’t motivate you to come out on Saturday and join the Eagles, I don’t know what will.
Not to worry though- if the throngs fail to materialize, Michelle and the GoE gang will probably just make up the attendance estimates like they did in March.
Bill O’Reilly is definitely not looking out for Michelle Malkin. She appeared on The Factor last night to discuss “hate speech on the left”, but once again she was denied the on-air opportunity to play the victim card over Geraldo Rivera’s remarks about her in the Boston Globe earlier this month.
No, not Geraldo’s. The focus is MoveOn.org’s despicable ad. […]
And over at hotair.com, Bryan gets in a few digs at O’Reilly:
Trash the country or the military, and The Factor will take you on. Threaten a form of assault against a network colleague, and get…nothing, apparently. Even after it’s become clear that Geraldo’s hate speech inspired hate speech by O’Reilly’s bete noir. You’d think that that would be enough to generate some interest. But so far, you’d be wrong.
Michelle Malkin says she has complained to “top Fox people” about Geraldo’s remark, apparently to no avail.
And to answer all of the readers who have asked whether I’ve complained to top Fox people about stupid spit-gate, I have. They’ve gotten an earful from me.
I’m not going to let it get in the way of my job. But I won’t forget.
“I’m not going to let it get in the way of my job.”
Yeah, because what else is she gonna do? Threaten to quit so she can pursue all those job offers she’s getting from other networks?
On Sept. 1, the Boston Globe ran a story on Geraldo Rivera which quoted Michelle Malkin’s fellow Fox News employee as saying, “Michelle Malkin is the most vile, hateful commentator I’ve ever met in my life. She actually believes that neighbors should start snitching out neighbors, and we should be deporting people. It’s good she’s in D.C. and I’m in New York. I’d spit on her if I saw her.”
Michelle railed about the remark on her blog at michellemalkin.com, and her employee Allahpundit did the same on Malkin’s other web site, hotair.com. Their efforts did not, however, create the response they were apparently hoping for.
It’s been over a week and, as of early this morning, no one from Fox News Channel has come forward to defend Michelle Malkin or condemn Geraldo’s remark. Michelle’s FNC benefactor Bill O’Reilly even had Geraldo on his show Friday night, and Malkin was never mentioned.
This has got to be killing her. In the past, she has usually been able to turn similar events to her advantage, sometimes even landing coveted guest spots on the shows of her more famous rightwing friends, including Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
But not this time.
Frustrated at her inability to turn Geraldo’s ugly remark into an orgy of self-promotion and web site traffic, Malkin purchased some internet ads proclaiming Geraldo Rivera “unhinged”:
To ensure that Geraldo’s spit slam didn’t go quietly into the night, I bought a few ads through Google Adsense and Quigo. I believe in holding people accountable for their words.
“I believe in holding people accountable for their words”
No she doesn’t. She won’t even hold her own employee accountable for calling the grieving mother of a slain U.S. soldier a whore.
Anyway, Michelle continues:
If you Google “Geraldo Rivera,” you may spot the ad in the sponsored links:
The ad also appeared on the FoxNews.com website…
…until I received an e-mail this morning from ad company Quigo notifying me that the ad had been pulled and my account revoked:
Unfortunately, we had to disable your ad due to offensive content. If you have another ad copy that you would like to use, we would be more than happy to switch it out. Until that time, however, your account will be blocked.
So after failing to defend her or condemn an ugly remark made about her by a co-worker, Fox News apparently pulled the plug on Michelle Malkin’s little attempt of a publicity stunt and had Quigo pull her Geraldo-bashing ads from the Fox News web site. It would appear that they’re siding with Rivera on this one.
Michelle Malkin gets in a few digs at FOX in the comments section of this thread over at hotair.com (you’ll have to scroll and hunt for them as there doesn’t seem to be a way to link directly to the individual comments):
on September 5, 2007 at 10:08 PM CrimsonFisted writes:
Fox needs to say something [about Geraldo’s remarks]. Soon.
at 10:10 PM Michelle Malkin replies:
Gee, that would be nice.
then at 10:16 PM commenter Mcguyver pipes in:
So that means nothing will be said.
To which Michelle Malkin replies at 10:28 PM:
Yeah. If anything is said, it’s a little too damned late. The silence was a signal for Olbermann and his ilk to go ahead and pile on.
I have less anger towards Olbermann than I do with people I expected more of…silly me.
I rarely watch Fox News so maybe I’m missing something, but I’m curious why no one at Fox has commented on this yet. The article with Geraldo Rivera’s remark about wanting to spit on her was published on Sept. 1 (last Friday). Michelle has been hyping the remarks just about every day on her blog since.
Does Geraldo have that much clout at FOX? Does Michelle Malkin not have enough allies over there to warrant at least some kind of defense from someone?
Goodness only knows why, but Bill O’Reilly seems to think pretty highly of Michelle yet he has not, to my knowledge, made any comment on the matter. Like I said, maybe I’m missing something but this seems odd to me.
Of course it’s not like Michelle Malkin is some kind of poor little helpless victim in all of this (though she’ll continue to try to portray herself as such). She’s actually quite capable of taking care of herself. In fact, she generally manages to turn stuff like this to her advantage and use it to further promote herself, her books and her web sites (remember how much mileage she got from that “Caveman Chris Matthews” bit she pulled after making a complete fool of herself on Hardball a few years ago?). If she feels hurt at all by FOX’s present treatment of her, I’m betting the hurt is overshadowed by anger that she hasn’t yet been able to manipulate this into another rightwing media pity party for Michelle Malkin.
Keith Olbermann named Michelle Malkin “Worst person in the world” on his broadcast tonight. His angle was that if even Geraldo Rivera (whom Keith dislikes immensely) wants to spit on Michelle Malkin, she must be really, really bad.
While I certainly understand that level of disgust with Malkin, I personally thought the spitting remark was uncalled for. But before anyone goes feeling too sorry for poor old Michelle, just remember that she seems to genuinely relish her status as permanent victim. Geraldo Rivera’s “spitting” quote has now been given prominent display on the front page of her blog. She and her cronies at HotAir will continue to milk this for all it’s worth. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns up as the subject of a new Vent very soon.
The feud between Michelle Malkin and Geraldo Rivera heats up, with Malkin’s fellow Fox News commentator giving an interview to the Boston Globe recently in which he says he would spit on her:
“Michelle Malkin is the most vile, hateful commentator I’ve ever met in my life,” [Rivera] says. She actually believes that neighbors should start snitching out neighbors, and we should be deporting people.
“It’s good she’s in D.C. and I’m in New York,” Rivera sneers. “I’d spit on her if I saw her.”
Ick. Way to take the high road there, pal.
Michelle Malkin responds by calling Rivera “unhinged”. And over at HotAir.com, Malkin’s employee AllahPundit talks tough:
Let’s get something straight, mustache. No one, no one is more vicious in demonizing its opponents than the open borders crowd, be it the bottom feeders at the Journal who toss around the word “nativist” because we won’t indulge them their desire for quasi-slave labor to our friend KP who reduces the anti-amnesty position to some primitive racist impulse stemming from fear of brown people all the way up to you, now so sick with your own fake virtue that you’re talking openly about a form of assault. Every time you or your pals complain from now on about “hate,” I’m going to be here with this quote. You’ll never live it down.
Such righteous indignation from AllahPundit- that pillar of civility who, not so long ago, very casually and unapologetically called the grieving mother of a slain U.S. soldier a “whore”.
“use[d] his nuclear weapons to slaughter Iraqis until they complied with his demands, or until they were all dead. Then there would be little risk or expense and no American army would be left exposed. But if he did this, his cowardly electorate would have instantly ended his term of office, if not his freedom or his life.”
The article states further:
The simple truth [is] that modern weapons now mean a nation must practice genocide or commit suicide. Israel provides the perfect example. If the Israelis do not raze Iran, the Iranians will fulfill their boast and wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Yet Israel is not popular, and so is denied permission to defend itself. In the same vein, President Bush cannot do what is necessary for the survival of Americans. He cannot use the nation’s powerful weapons. All he can do is try and discover a result that will be popular with Americans.
If President Bush copied Julius Caesar by ordering his army to empty Iraq of Arabs and repopulate the country with Americans, he would achieve immediate results: popularity with his military; enrichment of America by converting an Arabian Iraq into an American Iraq (therefore turning it from a liability to an asset); and boost American prestiege while terrifying American enemies.
He could then follow Caesar’s example and use his newfound popularity with the military to wield military power to become the first permanent president of America, and end the civil chaos caused by the continually squabbling Congress and the out-of-control Supreme Court.
President Bush can fail in his duty to himself, his country, and his God, by becoming “ex-president” Bush or he can become “President-for-Life” Bush: the conqueror of Iraq, who brings sense to the Congress and sanity to the Supreme Court. Then who would be able to stop Bush from emulating Augustus Caesar and becoming ruler of the world? For only an America united under one ruler has the power to save humanity from the threat of a new Dark Age wrought by terrorists armed with nuclear weapons.
Shortly after the lefty blogs discovered it, Family Security Matters scrubbed the article (and all of Atkinson’s earlier work) from their site without so much as a whisper. No apology. No explanation. No statement disavowing Atkinson’s views. Nothing. All traces of Atkinson just evaporated from their web site and slipped down the memory hole.
Carol Taber, who has teamed up with Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy, has started up a new organization called Family Security Matters to provide an alternative to the self-absorbed, head-in-the-sand klatches that pass for women’s groups these days. The website will be unveiled shortly, I hear, and I will keep you posted.
So far, Malkin has been silent on the Atkinson controversy, as have her bloggers on hotair.com. Stay tuned. If this turns out to be for real, Michelle and her cohorts will have some serious distancing to do.
Last week Michelle Malkin appeared on John Gibson’s Fox News program and alleged that Republican/Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul is infected with “the 9/11 truth virus” and “has no business being on stage as a legitimate representative of Republicans”.
David Weigel at Reason Magazine has the relevant portion of the transcript:
MICHELLE MALKIN: It is and it doesn’t belong here. And I’m glad that this moment provided great TV for FOX News — it was a very instructive exchange — but Ron Paul really has no business being on stage as a legitimate representative of Republicans, because the 9/11 truth virus is something that infects only a very small proportion of people that would identify themselves as conservative or Republican. And as you say, John, this is far more prevalent, this strain of 9/11 truth virus, on the left, and in much of the mainstream of the Democratic Party as that Rasmussen poll showed.
Ron Paul has gained an impressive amount of online support for his candidacy, some of it apparently from members of the “9/11 Truth” movement. Whether he is himself a believer that our government was behind the 9/11 attacks is not clear. What he has said is that he believes the investigations so far have been inadequate, and that there have been efforts to cover up the truth of what actually happened:
And like you and others, we see the investigations that have been done so far as more or less cover-up and no real explanation of what went on.
I tend to agree. And apparently, so does Michelle Malkin. Or at least she has agreed in the not-so-distant past.
In her March 8, 2002 column titledJust wondering, Malkin asks such questions as:
What really happened on United Airlines Flight 93?
What really happened on American Airlines Flight 11?
Who murdered Katherine Smith, and why?
You will find these very same questions among the pages of several 9/ll Truth sites. See here, here, and here.
So, Malkin apparently felt these were legitimate questions when she was asking them. Now though, anyone else who is “just wondering” is a kook, a moonbat, a conspiracy theorist, infected with a virus, and “not fit as a legitimate representative of Republicans”.
**UPDATE** David Weigel points out that Ron Paul has already made clear who he believes was responsible for the 9/11 attacks:
UPDATE III: As the thread continues to grow, probably worth pointing out that Paul has already named the culprits behind the 9/11 attacks. He did so at the GOP debate.
Have you ever read the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we’ve been over there; we’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years.
In other words, Al Qaeda did it. Osama bin Laden did it. Paul’s view is incompatible with the idea that “9/11 was a self-inflicted wound” or the towers came down in controlled demolitions.
May 8 (Bloomberg) — U.S. authorities charged six men, including five identified as “radical Islamists,” in a plot to kill American soldiers at the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey.
U.S. agents who infiltrated the group arrested the men last night and charged five of them with conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers. They face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. A sixth was charged with aiding and abetting illegal possession of firearms. He faces 10 years in prison.
In a meeting recorded by one of the informants, suspect Mohamed Shnewer said “they could utilize six or seven jihadists to attack and kill at least one hundred soldiers by using rocket-propelled grenades or other weapons,” the complaint said. Shnewer said he and the others “were not afraid to die.”
“We believe they are their own cell,” Christie said in a news conference in Camden. “They have no connection to international terrorist organizations. But we believe they are inspired by international terrorist organizations. This is a new kind of terrorism where a small cell of people can bring enormous destruction against American citizens.”
He said the investigation is continuing, “but we believe that the six people we have in custody represent the soul and the core of this plot, and the danger has been extinguished.”
The FBI learned of the plot after an individual went to a retail store seeking to make a copy of a DVD depicting 10 young men shooting assault weapons while shouting “God is Great” in Arabic, the complaint said.
A video store clerk called the police in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, who in turn notified the FBI, Christie said. The prosecutor said he would not reveal the identity of the clerk, who could be a witness at a trial.
The video depicted the six men charged in the case, including three brothers from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who are living illegally in the U.S., the complaint said.
They are Dritan Duka, 28; Shain Duka, 26; and Eljvir Duka, 23. Mohamad Shnewer, 22, a Cherry Hill resident originally from Jordan, and Serdar Tatar, 23, a Philadelphia resident from Turkey, also were charged. Agron Abdullahu, 24, of Buena Vista Township, was charged with aiding and abetting.
The Dukas and Abdullahu are ethnic Albanians from the former Yugoslavia, U.S. officials said. The Duka brothers operated roofing businesses based in Cherry Hill, Shnewer was a taxi driver in Philadelphia, Tatar worked at a convenience store in Philadelphia, and Abdullahu worked at a supermarket, according to authorities.
Two of the men were arrested in Cherry Hill as they met an FBI informant to buy three AK-47 automatic machine guns and four semi-automatic M-16 rifles, authorities said.
“Shain Duka explained that Tatar wanted to join the U.S. Army so that he could kill U.S. soldiers from the `inside,” the complaint said. “When CW-2 asked about Tatar again, Dritan Duka remarked, “He had only one mind, how to kill American soldiers.”
The Dukas later said that, “rather than waging jihad overseas, they could do so in the United States,” the complaint said.
So much for “fighting them in Iraq so we don’t have to fight them over here”, eh?
I’m sure Michelle Malkin will be bringing us all the latest news as it develops. I can’t help but be reminded of an old quote by Auguste of the old MalkinWatch site:
She’s not horrified, she’s salivating.
In the meantime, Michelle has yet to post a single word about this:
Agent: Ala[bama] militia planned attack on Mexicans
Five denied bail after hundreds of explosives, weapons seized in raids
BIRMINGHAM, Ala[bama] – Five members of a self-styled militia were denied bail Tuesday after a federal agent testified they planned a machine gun attack on Mexicans, but a judge approved bail for a sixth man.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Armstrong said he could not grant bail to the five because of the agent’s testimony and the amount of weapons — including about 200 homemade hand grenades — that were seized in raids Friday in northeast Alabama.
“I’m going to be worried if I let these individuals go at this time,” he said.
Adam Nesmith, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified that the five — Raymond Kirk Dillard, 46; Adam Lynn Cunningham, 41; Bonnell Hughes, 57; Randall Garrett Cole, 22; and James Ray McElroy, 20 — planned a machine-gun attack on Mexicans in Remlap, a town just north of Birmingham, and went there on a reconnaissance mission April 20. The agent provided no further details.
During the raids last week, agents recovered 130 homemade hand grenades, a grenade launcher, about 70 hand grenades rigged to be fired from a rifle, a machine gun, a short-barrel shotgun and 2,500 rounds of ammunition, authorities said.
At the hearing, Nesmith said Dillard told an undercover agent that the group, which calls itself the Alabama Free Militia, viewed government agents as “the enemy” and had a standing order to open fire if anyone saw government agents approaching.
Armstrong said Dillard was denied bail because he was already a fugitive, having failed to report for probation on a weapons case.
The judge approved $10,000 bail for the sixth defendant, 30-year-old Michael Wayne Bobo, at a later hearing. Bobo, who is being kept in custody until at least Wednesday, was charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm. The other five were charged with conspiring to make a firearm.
I guess that doesn’t qualify as “terrorism” in Michelle Malkin’s world.
Yesterday, Michelle Malkin was howling indignantly about UMG and YouTube’s alleged efforts to “stifle” her “constitutionally protected speech” by pulling an episode of Vent in which she criticized the popular rapper, Akon.
We believe our commentary and criticism of UMG “artist” Akon falls fully under fair use. We believe UMG, with YouTube’s cooperation, is abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to stifle constitutionally protected speech. […]
(For what it’s worth, I tend to agree with Michelle that the clips used in the Vent video fall within the boundaries Fair Use. But that’s beside the point).
Bizarrely, Michelle Malkin’s post complaining about the stifling of her free speech resides directly above a post titled “Virgin Atlantic retreats”. That post contains a link to this HotAir.com item from yesterday, in which Bryan boasts about having helped strong-arm Virgin Atlantic Airlines into pulling the 9/11 conspiracy flick Loose Change from its inflight entertainment menu.
Folks, we made a difference. After our post about Virgin Atlantic airing the 9-11 conspiracy film Loose Change 2 as in-flight entertainment last night, the producer of Andrew Wilkow’s Sirius satellite radio show decided to make a phone call to Virgin Atlantic to protest the decision. Here’s what happened.
This is Nick Rizzuto the Producer of Andrew Wilkow’s show. I’ve spoken to Virgin Atlantic’s Press folks, a gentleman named Paul Charles. After a heated 20 minute conversation where I threatened to spread this information throughout the conservative media and promised them a media firestorm and PR poison, they have decided not to show the film.
Nice work, Nick. Very nice.
Now, I’m not defending or endorsing Loose Change. I’ve never even seen it. And quite frankly, it’s completely beyond me why anyone would want to watch any film
about 9-ll while flying on an airplane. But for whatever reasons, Virgin Atlantic planned to offer the movie on their individual seatback television sets as part of a variety of inflight programming options.
Everyone’s talking about it so we thought you’d like to see the film that started out as a home movie and became one of the most downloaded documentaries of all time. Was 9/11 a government set up? Were the twin towers brought down in a controlled explosion for an insurance payday? These questions and more are posed in this controversial film, seen by millions, derided by many. Now it’s your chance to make up your own mind.
But, thanks in part to Bryan Preston and Michelle Malkin, passengers on Virgin Atlantic will not have the chance to make up their own minds. Responding to threats of “a media firestorm and PR poison” from HotAir.com readers and HotAir’s rightwing cronies, Virgin Atlantic has decided not to offer the film on their airline. Fair enough. It’s their business and ultimately their decision. Probably wasn’t such a good idea to begin with if you ask me.
We will not be showing Loose Change 2 on our aircraft. We don’t show movies or documentaries that cause mass offence and there is a danger with this movie that viewers, although they have the choice over what to watch and when on our flights, may be offended. Virgin Atlantic is known for showing the latest movies and media trends on its multi award-winning inflight entertainment system and we believe travellers have the right to choose from as wide a choice as possible.
So, Virgin Atlantic pulls the film to avoid offending the delicate sensibilities of rightwingers like Bryan Preston and Michelle Malkin.
Watch today’s interview with Frank Gaffney on the taxpayer-funded documentary PBS doesn’t want you to see.
More at Free The Film.
Sign the petition:
To Pat Harrison, President of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Members of the United States Congress:
We are among the taxpayers whose money has been used to make “Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center,” a documentary that was supposed to be aired on the Public Broadcasting Service as part of its “America at a Crossroads” series.
Yet, we are unable to see this film, despite the fact that the information it relays about what is happening to moderate Muslims at the hands of the Islamists is, arguably, as important as any issue addressed by the documentaries that were broadcast in that series.
While PBS justifies its suppression of “Islam vs. Islamists” on the grounds that the film is “unfair” and not up to the network’s “standards” we believe that, as its underwriters and the public who own our country’s public airwaves, we have a right to judge for ourselves. Please do whatever is necessary to make this documentary available to us and all other Americans at the earliest possible time.
Got that? Viewers should be able to “judge for themselves” whether the rightwing film Islam vs. Islamists is fair or unfair. But viewers should not be afforded the same opportunity to judge the leftwing film Loose Change.
When Universal Music Group orders YouTube to pull down one of Malkin’s videos because they don’t like the content, it’s “stifling constitutionally protected speech.” When PBS refuses to air a film because they don’t like the content, it’s “suppressing” “important information” and robbing viewers of the opportunity to “judge for themselves”.
But when Malkin and her rightwing cronies effectively order Virgin Atlantic Airlines to pull Loose Change because they don’t like the content, it’s “Nice work”.
I’m sure the wingnuts will argue that Islam vs. Islamists is a completely different case since it was made using taxpayer funds. But that’s just a bunch of smoke.
Let’s reverse the circumstances here, shall we?
Suppose that Loose Change had been commissioned by PBS (as Gaffney’s film was), and PBS had decided it needed additonal editing to meet its standards. Would Michelle Malkin be screaming about our “right to judge for ourselves”? Would she be hawking a petition to force PBS to air it? Or would she be applauding PBS for keeping the film off the public airwaves?
Now suppose that Islam vs. Islamists was offered as inflight entertainment on a major airline. And suppose a lefty blogger succeeded in an organized effort to get it pulled. Would Bryan and Michelle be commending them for their “nice work” in “making a difference”? Or would they be screaming about the airline “stifling constitutionally protected speech” and mau-mauing to CAIR?
Once again, Michelle Malkin trots out her old “Assassination chic” routine to tar liberals as unhinged extremists. This time she points to the rock band Rage Against the Machine-
Assassination chic: Rage Against the Machine
By Michelle Malkin · May 01, 2007 01:33 PM
Tons of readers have sent word that the reunited rap-rock band Rage Against the Machine advocated at the Coachella music festival this weekend that the Bush administration be “shot” like Nazi war criminals.
Partial transcript via Thomas Galvin:
And this current administration is no exception. It should be hung and tried and shot, as any war criminal should be. For the challenges that we face, they go way beyond administrations, way beyond elections, way beyond every four years of pulling levers, way beyond that. Because this whole rotten system has become so vicious and cruel, that in order to sustain itself, it needs to destroy entire countries and profit from their reconstruction in order to survive. And that’s not a system that changes every four years, that’s a system that we have to break down, generation after generation after generation after generation…
The aging Ragers prove that older is not wiser.
And once again, I point out Michelle Malkin’s apparent double standard. The following quotes are not from rock singers or Hollywood celebrities, but from Michelle Malkin’s own rightwing colleagues-
“Howard Dean should be arrested for treason and either hung or put in a hole until the war’s over”
– Michael Reagan
“I want to direct you to a traitor. In my opinion, [Madeleine Albright] should be tried for treason, and when she’s found guilty, she should be hung.”
– Michael Savage
“If [New York Times editor Bill Keller] were to be tried and convicted of treason, yes, I would have no problem with him being sent to the gas chamber.”
– Melanie Morgan
As far as I know, Michelle Malkin has never condemned- or even acknowledged- those remarks or the many others like them that come from her own side of the aisle. Which probably wouldn’t be such a big deal had Malkin not claimed in her 2005 book Unhinged:
“The truth is that it’s conservatives themselves who blow the whistle on their bad boys and go after the real extremism on their side of the aisle.”
Isn’t it curious that Michelle Malkin– the wingnut blogosphere’s queen of terrorism-related breaking news and breathless updates– has not blogged a single word about this? Just imagine if the device had been found at a school, or a mall, or an airport. Michelle Malkin would have been all over the story like fleas on a dog. But an IED found outside a women’s clinic? Apparently not newsworthy in Michelle Malkin’s world.
Police: Device near clinic was a bomb
Sources say it contained nails; federal agencies join investigation.
By Tony Plohetski, Claire Osborn and Elizabeth Campbell
Friday, April 27, 2007
A package found Wednesday in the parking lot of a South Austin women’s clinic that performs abortions contained a bomb that could have seriously injured or killed people had it not been spotted by a clinic employee, officials said Thursday.
A terrorism task force made up of local and federal investigators is still trying to determine who left the package near the Austin Women’s Health Center at 1902 S. Interstate 35, north of Oltorf Street, and are reviewing footage from the clinic’s security cameras.
During a news conference Thursday, investigators declined to be more specific about the contents of the package — which was in what Austin Assistant Police Chief David Carter called a “carry-all bag” — other than to say that it contained explosive powder.
Two sources familiar with the contents, who didn’t want to be identified because of the ongoing investigation, said the device also contained nails. Jimmie Oxley, a nationally known explosives expert and chemistry professor at the University of Rhode Island, said bomb makers often add nails to devices to make them deadlier.
Michelle Malkin shows us why she never got picked for the cheerleading squad in high school.
Oh, brother. Michelle Malkin puts up another little skit on YouTube, this time she’s pretending to be a cheerleader. Apparently unable to distinguish between recognizing reality and cheering for defeat, she rolls out the “defeatocrat” line.
Sling all the bullshit you like, Michelle. Dressing up as a cheerleader and calling Democrats losers may get your fanboy choir all tingly and excited, but it won’t change the fact that the majority of Americans know you’re full of it.
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll 4/20-23/07
“In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job that George W. Bush is doing in handling the situation in Iraq?” Half sample (Form B)
“Turning to the war in Iraq: Thinking of the situation in Iraq over the past three months, do you think the situation there has gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?”
“Do you think the U.S. goal of achieving victory in Iraq is still possible, or not?” Half sample (Form B)
Still Possible 36% Not Possible 55%
“When it comes to the debate on Iraq who do you agree with more: the Democrats in Congress, who say we should set a deadline for troop withdrawal from Iraq; OR, President Bush, who says we should NOT set a deadline for troop withdrawal from Iraq?”
Democrats: Deadline 56% President: No Deadline 37%
Some of Both (vol.) 3%
Let’s have a look at a few of Michelle Malkin’s associations, shall we?
First, we’ll take Malkin’s ties to the White Nationalist web site VDARE, which date back several years. Michelle Malkin considers VDARE founder Peter Brimelow her friend, and once quipped that “people apparently think linking to VDARE is tantamount to a hate crime.”
[VDare’s founder Peter Brimelow] described the role of race as “elemental, absolute, fundamental.” He said that white Americans should demand that U.S. immigration quotas be changed to allow in mostly whites. He argued that spending tax dollars on anything related to multiculturalism was “subversive.” He called foreign immigrants “weird aliens with dubious habits.”
He worried repeatedly that his son, with his “blue eyes” and “blond hair,” would grow up in an America in which whites had lost the majority.
At one point, he wrote that if one enters an Immigration and Naturalization Service waiting room, just like entering the New York subways, “you find yourself in an underworld that is not just teeming but also almost entirely colored.”
Even earlier, in 1993, Brimelow, who is himself an immigrant from England, lauded a book by Jared Taylor, who now oversees the racist American Renaissance magazine.
Next up, the Schiavo protesters. In the spring of 2005, as the Terri Schiavo saga unfolded in Florida, the protesters outside of Schiavo’s hospice scored an impressive amount of real estate on Michelle Malkin’s blog. Later that year, in her book Unhinged, Michelle Malkin lashed out at the media for what she claimed was negative bias against “the ordinary, peaceful protestors who traveled to Florida in support of Terri Schiavo”. What Malkin conveniently ignored, however, was the rightwing extremism that found its way into the ranks of those “ordinary” protesters.:
If you continued watching the broadcast of Reliable Sources that Malkin cites, you’d have heard them discuss further the nature not just of the “ordinary” protesters who were showing up at Schiavo’s hospice, but of their allegedly mainstream-conservative supporters in the media:
JOHN FUND, WALL STREET JOURNAL: Michael Schiavo, the closer you look at him, the more unsettling the whole case gets, because, frankly, he has not been a good husband.
PAT BOONE, SINGER: Terri’s husband is determined to let her die, not let her die, put her away.
PAT ROBERTSON, THE 700 CLUB: I blame her husband, who obviously wanted to kill her.
Michelle Malkin is also a big fan of the Minuteman Project- a self-proclaimed border “watchdog” group which formed in 2005 and has allegedly been infiltrated by white supremacists. Dave Neiwert explains:
There’s also Ward Connerly, a black conservative activist whom Michelle has referred to as her “hero”. This is a man who cozied up to the Ku Klux Klan as he led an initiative to end Affirmative Action in Michigan last year. The Ku Klux Klan, for Pete’s sake.
Of course it’s not like Malkin needs to be tied to the Peter Brimelows of the world to prove how frighteningly outside of the mainstream she really is. No, she pretty much takes care of that all by herself:
Michelle Malkin squared off with New Black Panther Party member Malik Shabazz on The O’Reilly Factor last night.
Shabazz called Malkin a “political prostitute” and told her she should be ashamed for being a mouthpiece for Bill O’Reilly.
I’m certainly no fan of Shabazz and I disagree with most of what he says, but Michelle Malkin just doesn’t have any room to talk when it comes to “profiting from racial poison”. Just sayin’.
UPDATE: Seems Malkin might not have much room to complain about being called a “political prostitute”, either. An emailer points out that one of Michelle Malkin’s own bloggers at hotair.com wrote a blog post about Cindy Sheehan back in October, calling her a “chubby media whore” in the headline of the post.
Several commenters defended the slur, but at least one commenter was not amused:
Classy headline! Up next: Michelle flings her own feces at war widows.
Constantine on October 23, 2006 at 10:59 AM
To which Allahpundit replied:
I wrote the headline, not Michelle.
And I hate to tell you, but it’s perfectly accurate.
Allahpundit on October 23, 2006 at 11:13 AM
Now I’m not saying that makes it okay to call Michelle a political prostitute. But it does rather make her a hypocrite. Lest we forget, Michelle Malkin was the one who once famously wrote:
“The truth is that it’s conservatives themselves who blow the whistle on their bad boys and go after the real extremism on their side of the aisle.”
Michelle Malkin is upset about the Kathy Sierra controversy.
The techblogging elite, liberal femme bloggers, and their friends in the MSM are still yammering amongst themselves about the Kathy Sierra incident. Bloggers’ code of conduct. Civility badges. Blah blah blah.
No, she’s not upset about the death threats and hate mail Kathy Sierra received. She’s upset because she feels she hasn’t gotten her fair share of the media spotlight.
I don’t remember The Guardian asking Kate O’Beirne to pen an op-ed for them about Hamsher’s filthy attack on her. No one put our pictures in the NYTimes for weathering epithets, sexist putdowns and death threats–many of which, unlike Sierra’s, were signed and endorsed by major bloggers–and not just random, obscure, anonymous commenters.
How dare they lavish so much attention on a politically neutral tech blogger while ignoring poor, conservative Michelle Malkin! Everyone should know by now that the hate mail Malkin receives is far, far worse than any hate mail received by any human being in the history of history! And, “unlike Sierra’s” death threats, Michelle’s “death threats were signed and endorsed” by “many” “major bloggers”! (although she doesn’t name them or link to any of them). Plus, Michelle Malkin didn’t get her picture in the New York Times! Oh the humanity!!!!!!!111
Now I’m not making light of the racist, misogynistic emails that Michelle Malkin claims to have received, nor do I think she “deserved it”. Some of the emails/comments she has reprinted are absolutely disgusting and I wholeheartedly condemn those kinds of attacks, whether they’re directed at conservatives or liberals.
I just think it’s hilarious how, when an apolitical tech blogger receives death threats, Michelle Malkin somehow manages to perceive herself as the real victim.
And notice how she consistently refuses to be outdone in her victimhood:
“The death threats Sierra received are no worse than I’ve received since starting this blog.” [LINK]
“The attacks I face every day — in e-mail, on the airwaves, and in person — are far more vicious in nature than most conservative journalists receive because I also happen to be a woman and a minority. ” [LINK]
“While they whine about the death threats that SAW organizers allegedly received, you should see the filth and threats against my family that their minions are sending” [LINK]
“I’ll show you 100 liberal hate mails and blog posts referring to me as a “gook” or a “chink” or a “filipina whore” for every 1 “raghead” controversy on the right.” [LINK]
“But the key difference between [Margaret] Cho’s hate mail and mine is profound. None of her detractors accused her of selling out her race. And unlike me, she is beloved by the Asian-American elite.” [LINK]
See what I mean? For someone who claims to reject “identity politics”, she sure does seem comfortable identifying herself as the martyred, permanent victim.
Michelle Malkin: apparently unaware of how boycotts actually work.
Today Michelle Malkin calls for a boycott of ABC’s The View advertisers. She even made a little skit to illustrate the concept for her flock. Except she actually went out and bought a cart full of groceries to take home and throw away (for her little skit). So…
Allow me to explain this once and for all. I’m talking to you, Michelle Malkin… as well as all of you wingnuts who went out and bought all the Dixie Chicks CDs you could get your hands on so you could burn them in that sweet, sweet bonfire, and you bushies who bought cases and cases of French wine so you could pour it in the gutter.
Boycotts are only effective when you don’t buy the products. Make a note for next time.