Bronze-level articleMichelle Malkin

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Michelle Malkin is a particularly vile far-right US political pundit. And to merit the qualification "particularly vile" in the august company of Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage is truly awe-inspiring.

She's a proponent of torture, and demonizes her opponents at almost every opportunity, often for no particular reason. Being a woman, she's usually the go-to alternative to Ann Coulter. Being Asian, (i.e., not white), she's often used to shield American conservative punditry from accusations of racism (regardless of the ironic fact that Malkin's a flaming racist herself). Her rhetoric is so bad that Andrew Sullivan made up the Malkin Award for the most intemperate, hateful remarks of the year. (Both she and Coulter are ineligible for the award, to give others a chance at winning.[1])

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[edit] Malkin's Greatest Hits

Malkin. Idiots tend to get distracted by saying "she's hawt!" lulling themselves into a false sense of security before they get kicked out of the country for being immigrants.

Malkin has a history of bizarre, unhinged and outright anti-social behavior. A full list would run to book length. Here are some of the more notorious incidents, in chronological order:

[edit] Malkin versus Matthews

Malkin's rise started during the run-up to the 2004 Presidential Election. At the time, she still had a habit of saying obscene things, but she couched them in such a way that she had plausible deniability. The first challenge to this tactic came from professional screamer Chris Matthews. On Hardball, Malkin raised allegations that John Kerry had deliberately wounded himself to earn a purple heart. However, she couldn't quite bring herself to say that she believed that, only that allegations were being made (well, allegations from Malkin, at least). The results were a bit embarrassing for Malkin, to say the least.[2]

[edit] Malkin defends Japanese internment

In 2004, Malkin released a book defending Japanese internment during World War II (something that was ordered by Franklin D. Roosevelt). Apparently, she didn't like the fact that Japanese internment was brought up by those opposing racial profiling of terr'ists Muslims, so she decided to write a negationist history of Japanese internment. In fact, it was not racist. Nothing to do with racism, nothing at all.[3] The book is especially ironic considering that the leading conservative Republican during World War II was opposed to Japanese American Internment.

[edit] Malkin and the Sinister Crescent!

In 2005, Malkin took a pre-eminent role in an astoundingly dumb controversy regarding a proposed memorial for Flight 93. Dubbed "Crescent of Embrace," it consisted primarily of a stand of trees partially surrounding the crash site. The design was selected by a panel composed of design experts and victims' family members, and it was announced on September 7.[4]

Shortly after the announcement, a group of Internet obsessives - Malkin among them - came to the conclusion that the Memorial was actually a covert memorial to the terrorists.[5] Why? Because it's a big red crescent, a historic symbol of Islam![6] With such clear facts, all Malkin had to overcome were the families, all of whom were sure the claims were utter bunk.[7] Of course, Malkin is not one to let something as petty as the stated desires of the grieving get in her way.

The dreaded crescent was not a particularly long-term campaign, for Malkin or anyone else. Today, the only ones who want to talk about it are the mentally unstable sons of renowned political theorists.[8]

[edit] Malkin invokes death threats

In 2006, Malkin "reported" on opposition to military recruitment in UC Santa Cruz, specifically the actions of a few students calling themselves Students Against War. She included a copy of a press release which contained contact information for the three leaders. Subsequently, the three of them started receiving threatening phone calls and e-mails. In a rare act of "civility," Malkin took the contact information down.

The students were understandably upset. When Malkin heard of their complaints, she blamed them, then reposted their contact info. Subsequent requests were ignored, and the information remains on her site to this day.[9][10]

[edit] Malkin stalks a child

In 2007, then-President Bush proposed cuts to SCHIP, an insurance program for lower-class families who are above the cutoff for Medicaid. The Democratic response included a statement by 12-year old Graeme Frost, a recipient of the program. The Frosts had been in a nasty car accident which left Graeme in a coma and his younger sister Gemma with brain damage. The costs for their treatment were covered by SCHIP. As Graeme said in the response: "If it weren't for SCHIP, I might not be here today … We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the SCHIP program. But there are millions of kids out there who don’t have SCHIP, 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."[11]

Enter Michelle Malkin. Spurred by the mad gibbering of the Freepers, Malkin launched a full-on harassment campaign "investigation" against the Frosts. She traveled to the Frosts' neighborhood, hoping to find evidence that they were all con artists. When grilling the neighbors failed to turn up any dirt, she tried snooping in their windows.[12] She made hay out of the fact that she thought she saw granite countertops, an accusation which has been dumped down the memory hole but lives on as a meme to this day.[13] Probably what would be the most laughable part of the whole incident, if it weren't such a twisted, dangerous display of lunacy, is that she actually had the audacity to claim that the Democrats had engaged in "child abuse" by putting Graeme in a place where Malkin could savage him.

Lest you still have doubts about Malkin's utter classlessness, she followed this up with an attack on an even younger SCHIP recipient.[14]

...and no, we're not over yet. In 2010, Malkin decided to reprise her role as the huntress of children:

Marcelas Owens, an 11-year-old from Seattle, headlined a press conference with Senate Democratic leadership on Thursday, telling a packed room of reporters that he wanted the president and Congress to come together and pass health insurance reform. "I am here because of my mom," said Owens. "My mom was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2006. She missed so much work she lost her job. And when my mom lost her job, she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up costing her her life..."

...At least one conservative columnist wants to throw cold water on the Marcelas Owens narrative. Michelle Malkin wrote in a column that Democrats are using Owens as a "human kiddie shield." And, reprising her role in a coordinated conservative assault on the family of 12-year-old Graeme Frost during the battle over children's health insurance in 2007, Malkin questioned whether a failure of personal responsibility is not to blame for the death of Owens's mother.[15]

[edit] Malkin's Crusade against a Sinister Scarf!

In 2008, Malkin looked at an ad Rachael Ray did for Dunkin' Donuts and decided that the black-and-white paisley scarf she was wearing was a sly sign of support for the Palestinian Liberation Organization.[16]

It is scientifically impossible to make that sound more ridiculous than it really is. Trust us, we tried.

[edit] ACORN Conspiracies

Malkin has been one of the foremost proponents of ACORN conspiracy theories, or "Obamacorn" as she often calls it. She has written numerous columns accusing ACORN of everything from massive voter fraud to being a major player in causing the banking crisis so it could embezzle stimulus money. Compared to everything else she's done, Malkin is probably one of the few people who can make ACORN conspiracies sound sane in comparison.[17]

[edit] More fun

[edit] Stance on immigration

Michelle follows the typical nationalist views on immigration; lock 'em up or kick 'em out. She is associated with the nativist website VDARE, who must be thrilled to have an actual minority on hand. She has a particular obsession with "anchor babies," children born to immigrants in the United States. She is adamant that the laws that allow foreign parents of American-born children to gain citizenship should be changed immediately.[18] Interestingly enough, Malkin's own parents were immigrants from the Philippines. In other words, Michelle Malkin is an anchor baby, by her own definition.[19] Irony meter full.

This user finds it odd that she hasn't put herself immediately at the front of the deportation line, but this user isn't really surprised at her hypocrisy.

[edit] Global warming denial

Do you really think Malkin believes in science the lies of the enviro-nitwits and Al Gore? Don't bet on it.[20]

[edit] Drugs are bad, but crazy is good, m'kay

Interestingly, the only thing that will dissuade Malkin from associating with politicians that match identically with her views is whether or not they engage in crack use.[21]

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