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Michelle Malkin (1970–) 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 stands out for openly defending Japanese American internment during World War II, and implied that Muslim civilians should be similarly locked up for the duration of the War on Terror (so basically until the Republican Party unanimously decides that Muslims are okay[note 1]). She's also 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 the daughter of Asian parents, (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.)
Malkin's Greatest Hits
Malkin has a history of bizarre, vile behavior. A full list would run to book length. Here are some of the more notorious incidents, in chronological order:
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.
Malkin defends Japanese internment
In 2004, Malkin released a book defending Japanese internment during World War II (something that had been 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.[note 2] The book is especially ironic considering that the leading conservative Republican during World War II was opposed to Japanese American Internment.
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.
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. Why? Because it's a big red crescent, a historic symbol of Islam![note 3] With such clear facts, all Malkin had to overcome were the families, all of whom were sure the claims were utter bunk. 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.[note 4]
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.
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."
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.[note 5] 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. 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.
...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.
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.
It is scientifically impossible to make that sound more ridiculous than it really is. Trust us, we tried.
Malkin defends a rapist
Malkin is a vocal defender of Daniel Holtzclaw (convicted in 2015 of raping multiple African-American women) and considers him a friend. Despite victim testimony and limited DNA evidence being presented at the trial, Malkin still appears to genuinely believe that Holtzclaw was the victim of anti-police railroading.
In 2019, in an apparent attempt to insinuate massive fraud in Oklahoma, Malkin found another convicted rapist to defend. Her motive in doing this was quite transparently to discredit the process through which Holtzclaw was convicted, as the suspect in question (Rayshun Mullins) had confessed. Twice.
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.
Doxing Of People Who Protest
In 2006, four students at the University of California at Santa Cruz protested the appearance of military recruiters at an on-campus job fair. Malkin not only blogged about this incident, she went on to post the full names and phone numbers of these students on her blog for all to see, leading to them getting death threats.:227
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.[note 6] Ironically enough, Malkin's own parents were immigrants, on worker visas, from the Philippines. In other words, Michelle Malkin is an anchor baby, by her own definition. Uncle tommery of the highest order.
Global warming denial
In a column following the US Supreme Court decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, Malkin complained about seeing "militant Asian activists joining other liberal minority students across the country in a Sumatran gibbon-like celebration ritual of chest-beating, fist-pumping and pro-affirmative action whooping calls" in the news. Yep, "gibbon-like....chest-beating" is totally not bigoted.
Drugs are bad, but crazy is good, m'kay
In 2012, Malkin founded Twitchy, an aggregation website for Twitter posts relating to current news about politics and entertainment. Ultimately, the site is mostly nutpicking of Twitter posts intending to make liberals look stupid, rather than making serious arguments. The content is catnip for the audience, as the comments section is full of the predictable, juvenile insults like "libtard" as well as tired PRATT memes. Many "headlines" on Twitchy are coincidentally posts of her own tweets, written as a third-person is covering them e.g. "Try ‘systemic assassinations’: Michelle Malkin fixes Obama’s statement after the Chattanooga attack"and "‘Tone’ problem?' Michelle Malkin let Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards HAVE IT with gruesome truth" written by "Twitchy Staff" of which she happens to be a member, apparently using her site as the most obvious sockpuppet imaginable.
Malkin writes for white nationalist online "news" site VDare.
Malkin is opposed to the death penalty. Seriously, her piece published on The Daily Wire sounds nothing like her usual vile views where she calls for systemic reform of the criminal justice system. Although she was once in favour of it, Malkin changed her opinion after seeing the numerous cases of prosecutorial misconduct leading to wrongful convictions in the USA.
- And given the Dominionist/hyper-[Protestant] Christian leanings of the current GOP, that won't be for a long, long time.
- See also the smackdown by Fred Korematsu himself and the Historians' Committee open letter.
- Actually, the crescent is a historic symbol of the Ottoman Empire, and the color red on a topographical map represents trees, which are green for most of the year. But hey, why let reality get in the way of a good controversy?
- Alec Rawls, in case you were wondering.
- If you can stomach it, here's her account.
- Incidentally, RationalWiki is very sorry that this article has so many links to Malkin's site.
- The Dish Awards
- Chris Matthews and Michelle Malkin (video)
- In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror by Michelle Malkin (2004) Regnery Publishing. ISBN:0895260514.
- A historian reviews In Defense of Internment.
- Flight 93 marker design picked, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- "Flight 93 Memorial: Seeing Is Believing"
- Design of a memorial to Flight 93 fuels tension between families, The New York Times
- "More Thuggery In Santa Cruz"
- Malkin Makes Worst Person on Countdown with Keith Olbermann
- Filthy Democrats with their filthy civilization.
- The Internet will never let her live this down, rightfully.
- The original link, or a link for those who need some snark to mask the bitterness.
- Marcelas Owens, 11-Year-Old Whose Mother Died Without Health Insurance: 'Get The Health Care Bill Passed', Huffington Post
- "Of Donuts and Dumb Celebrities" (Dunning-Kruger alert!)
- Updated: Holtzclaw family, friends vow to keep appealing after Oklahoma court upholds 263-prison sentence
- Michelle Malkin on Twitter: "My friend Daniel Holtzclaw was wrongfully convicted in Oklahoma 5 years ago today--one of the worst miscarriages of justice I've ever covered in 25+ yrs. It's also Daniel's 34th birthday. NEVER GIVE UP!
- How Police Caught The Cop Who Allegedly Sexually Abused Black Women
- Science, secrecy and lies in Oklahoma (BTW, she cites her own show as her source)
- Michelle Malkin Defends Another Convicted Rapist
- Malkin's "ACORN Watch"
- The Worst Person in the World and 202 Strong Contenders by Keith Olbermann (Wiley, September 2006). ISBN 0-470-04495-0
- "No More Drive By Citizenship"
- Michelle Malkin: Anchor Baby
- Booknotes, Dec. 8, 2002.
- "Enviro-nitwits" category
- Malkin, Michelle. "Asian Americans shouldn't cheer affirmative action." Philadelphia Inquirer: June 30, 2003.
- Discrimination against blacks linked to dehumanization, study finds
- "Canadian clown show"
- Liberty Is Biggest Loser In Nation's War On Drugs. The Seattle Times. 29 July 1997.
- Malkin: Legalizing medical marijuana can do good for many people. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. 28 March 2014.
- Michelle Malkin: Conservative hero and marijuana advocate. The Cannabist via The Colorado Springs Gazette. 19 May 2014.
- Malkin, M. (August 11, 2018). "MALKIN: Oklahoma’s Wretched Record On Wrongful Convictions". The Daily Wire.
- Repeal the Death Penalty: Conservative Voices
- Michelle Malkin on Twitter: "Based on the bungling that has occurred in Oklahoma, the date executions are to resume should be easily decided: there should be none."