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 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.