Monday, April 17, 2006

Insane in the Membrane

Well, it was only a matter of time. Much like C. Montgomery Burns when he tried to block out the sun, Michelle Malkin has gone from villainy to cartoonish super villainy.

Ezra Klein has the details:
I know I'm not supposed to, but I pity Michelle Malkin. Really, I do. Punditry is a game of incentives, encouragement, luck. You write a hundred articles before striking paydirt with one. That zeitgeisty dispatch activates an eruption of applause and adulation, so you try to repeat it. Soon enough, you've got a niche, a style, a persona. The lucky ones, among whom I include myself, find their path opening towards responsible, serious commentary. The sort of articles that allow us to wake up, yawn, look in the mirror, and feel good about what we see. And then there are the unlucky ones, the Michelle Malkins, who achieve acceptance through hatred and venom, and find themselves groping down the darkest path to political success.

Right now, the dark-haired, lashy, Ann Coulter understudy is happily wrapped in one of her typical controversies: a crew of students at UC Santa Cruz, my alma mater, protested some military recruiters, and Malkin got hold of a press release with their contact information -- a poorly conceived inclusion on the students' part, but then, these are undergraduates, not trained media flacks. Rather than calling and speaking to them herself, which is what members of the press are supposed to use such releases for, Malkin published their personal information on her website, prompting her hordes of orcish mouth-breathers to brandish their pitchforks and inundate the unsuspecting students with death threats. When the students frantically called Malkin, asking that she remove their numbers, she posted their contact information again.
Incredibly classy. You know what's even classier? Malkin's update to this post:
If you are contacting them, I do not condone death threats or foul language. As for SAW, my message is this: You are responsible for your individual actions. Other individuals are responsible for theirs. Grow up and take responsibility.
Well, it's nice to know that she doesn't actually condone death threats -- or foul language! As anyone who's ever spent time browsing through the reasoned climes of Free Republic or Little Green Footballs will tell you, the absence of her seal of approval will surely put an end to it all. The students will certainly never get threats like these again, for sure.

I also like the fact that Malkin chides these students to "grow up and take responsibility." That's priceless coming from Malkin as she's furiously backpedaling from her own responsibility for the death threats -- threats that she does not condone! She's simply publishing the students' full names, telephone numbers and email addresses to encourage an open and honest dialogue.

"Grow up and take responsibility." I'm sure Malkin is only preaching what she practices. If something bad should happen to one of these students -- if the threats about snipers shooting at them or thugs with ax handles beating in their heads come true -- well, I'm absolutely certain that Malkin will take responsibility for it as well. To do otherwise would mean she's not just a ranting insane hatemonger, but a hypocritical one as well.


sideshow bob said...

Maybe next she'll take candy from a baby.

Let's hope the baby is packing...

S.W. Anderson said...

Ah, the L'il Iodine of political blogging has found yet another opportunity to draw attention to herself.

Malkin's the type of person who'd help a little old lady halfway across a busy street.

Tokyo Joe said...

I'll admit that Malkin is a nutjob of the first magnitude and what she did was amazingly irresponsible and juvenile. But I also want to talk about this SAW group and say that their tactics are way out of line. It's one thing to protest, but another thing entirely to force people to stop doing their jobs because they are afraid someone will get hurt. Sure you could say they are only students and don't know any better, but I'm not buying it. They are legally adults and should be just a tad more responisble. Publishing personal information of recruiters and then blocking the way of people who might just disagree with them and want to join the military is just too much. It's these "ends justify the means" type of BS protests that really irk me and I believe really shreds the credibility of real anti-war protests. It's no wonder after shit like this that protesters are subjected to special "protest zones" miles away from the action. Freedom of speech is not equal to freedom to initmadate.

S.W. Anderson said...

Good point, T.J. I couldn't agree more.

I was outraged when some half wit tossed a shoe at Richard Perle when he spoke to a mostly liberal, mostly student group in Portland, Ore., about a year ago.

Out-of-line protest antics distract from whatever political point protesters are supposedly trying to make. They draw attention instead to what immature jerks the protesters are.

Thrillhous said...

This lady made Olberman's world's worst list last night. good times.

Mr Furious said...

This thread is pretty much as much reading as I'm willing to do on the stupid topic (also a thread at Cole's). If the students released the info of recruiters, then they don't have much ground to stand on with me.

I also hate that "protest by any means necessary" bullshit.

Otto Man said...

If the students released the info of recruiters, then they don't have much ground to stand on with me.

Me either. but aside from Cole's insistence that they did that, I can't find any evidence of it. It's not in the Malkin link he uses there, or in a link on her link.

Either he has the facts jumbled, or I do.

Otto Man said...

I just realized -- we misunderstood his phrasing:

"Students protest military recruiters, include their personal information in a press release."

The "their" in that sentence refers to the students, who published their own personal information in the press release.

And, yes, I disagree with "by any means" protests, but from what I've seen the Malkin stories are (surprise surprise) wildly exaggerated.

Pooh said...

I was outraged when some half wit tossed a shoe at Richard Perle when he spoke to a mostly liberal, mostly student group in Portland, Ore., about a year ago.

Who throws a shoe, honestly? That really hurt...

themole said...

Regarding how this all started, Michelle Malkin went to a cached page, took a screenshot, and posted the image on her site because didn't like the politics of the people. It's not her place to justify the disclosing of this information because she deemed that they were terrorizing people. That's an issue for the Santa Cruz police department to deal with, not her own brand of vigilante justice.

As for her own personal details - Malkin included that on her own e-mail list and that's how it went public. She launched her personal information about herself BY herself.

And the anti-racist One People's Project website promptly released her new details.

Someone took it a step further and used and yahoo maps to do a Graphic.

Payback's a bitch eh' Malkin?

Her refusal to remove these kids contact information was not from conviction, but from revenue. Every journalist in the world knows that contact information on a press release is for journalists to call for more information or interviews, not to be published (or even pointed out) in the publication itself. If she were any kind of ethical person she would have pulled the information when asked.

If she were something resembling a human being with "feelings", she would not have republished the information once the students themselves removed it. Michelle is a vicious, vindictive, venomous egoist with no discernible ethics nor even a shred of human decency. If she wants to be The Minority Woman Who Believes Minorities and Women Suck, that's her right. But she should at least have the integrity to acknowledge that she has done wrong and to stop compounding the wrong. And she should not give us that disingenuous crap about how she doesn't condone death threats and nobody should misuse her posting and reposting of personal information.