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Poor Michelle

Posted by Brian on August 20, 2005

I'll be honest… I've enjoyed watching Michelle Malkin get hammered from the right and the left over her disgusting exploitation of Cindy Sheehan's pending divorce as yet another arrow in Malkin's quiver. Malkin loves to attack the amorphous "left" with a degree of spite that leaves you wondering just how she would live her life if there weren't any liberals in the world to hate (hell, she should cut us all a check for providing her with a cushy job). The left hates her in return, obviously, but this time, she has a principled conservative colleague telling her she has gone too far: John Cole at Balloon Juice (link above).

I view Malkin has perhaps the worst blogger ever. My disgust with her site began last year when, after a post bad-mouthing the "liberal" city of Seattle, several of her readers left comments saying that hoped that the terrorists would nuke Seattle (she has sinced closed down her comments, and I read recently that now she won't even permit trackbacks from liberal blogs like this one). Her writing is nothing but hate, hypocrisy, exaggeration, and poor logic, which, for the powers-that-be on the right, is enough to get her on cable TV and the right-wing speaking circuit as a sort of back-up Ann Coulter ("we need a crackpot conservative woman, but Ann Coulter is busy. Call Michelle").

To close this post, I want to quote at length from Arthur Silber. He gives some superb commentary on Malkin that deserves a wide hearing (with apologies to fourth assistant bookkeepers around the globe):

All the attacks on Cindy Sheehan noted above are bad enough, and they are very, very bad. But then Malkin went further: she used the Sheehans’ impending divorce—as a means of casting doubt on Sheehan’s position. The divorce and the reasons for it, whatever they may be, are not only entirely irrelevant to any consideration of the Iraq war and occupation: they are intensely private concerns. Yet Malkin made these issues the subject of everyday conversation—in connection with a mother whose son died in Bush’s war. More to the point, Cindy Sheehan has articulated the reasons for her opposition to the Iraq war on numerous occasions. But Malkin can’t address any of that satisfactorily. Malkin’s intellectual impotence and unspeakable crudeness impel her to treat the most private of concerns as “fair game,” and as a means of destroying her opponent.

I have my own limits. That was too much for me. So I identified Malkin for what she is in fact. I stand by every word, and I do not retract or modify any of it.

In a world which was even marginally more sane than ours, Malkin would be a fourth assistant bookkeeper to the fifth assistant director of nothing important at all. Except for her family and friends, no one would ever have heard of her.

In our world, Malkin has a widely-read newspaper column, she writes books which become bestsellers, and she makes countless media appearances. She gives speeches. People take her views seriously. These facts tell you a great deal about our culture, and none of it is good.

In far too many respects, our culture today—and especially our political culture—is a sewer overflowing with filth. Malkin provides much of that filth, and she swims in that sewer. She and the sewer ought to be condemned as intolerable hazards to our moral and political health.

If you give a damn at all about respect for other human beings, decency and the rudiments of civilization, shun Michelle Malkin. Civilized people should have nothing to do with her. She should very rapidly find the oblivion that is her deserved fate.

In our world, that will not happen. And that is terribly sad, and a terrible judgment on our country.

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