Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Michelle Malkin - The Asian Ann Coulter?

It seems that Michelle Malkin is too "stridently anti-liberal" for the readers of the Virginian Pilot newspaper of Norfolk, VA.

The newspaper's public editor Marvin Lake's explanation was:

readers often took issue with her seemingly mean-spirited rantings and suggested that she be dropped. Well, she’s outta here, silenced for being 'too stridently anti-liberal,' the assessment of the editorial board."

Editorial writer Don Luzzatto told Lake: “I was really put off by her penchant for name-calling and ad hominem attack. I think we can do much better.”

Another editorial writer, Bronwyn Lance Chester, said: “I think she habitually mistakes shrill for thought-provoking and substitutes screaming for discussion. She’s an Asian Ann Coulter. I also think that, like Coulter, she says outrageous things just to get TV appearances and book deals. She’s the worst of what’s wrong with punditry today. She adds absolutely nothing to genuine political discourse.”

However, in all fairness, the paper did drop Molly Ivins' column not long ago for being too "stridently anti-Bush."

Now in terms of shrillness, Molly Ivins is the winner. Never have I read anything by Michelle Malkin telling a certain group of people to "get over it." And frankly I don't know where these newspaper people are coming from.

A few months ago, I watched a televised speech on C-Span that Ms. Malkin gave at Berkeley College to promote her book "In Defense of Internment: The Case for ‘Racial Profiling’ in World War II and the War on Terror." The woman was, quite frankly awesome. Even though you could hear the protesters chanting outside, she was calm and cool as a cucumber. She matter of factly made her case without resorting to any ad-hominem attacks. In fact she very politely answered the question of one protester who managed to break in to the auditorium.

Her case for racial profiling, for me, is nothing but common sense. After all, being that we have limited resources, we *should* be profiling Middle Eastern men, as opposed to feeling up women.

Yet the fact that some people believe that not hurting certain people's feelings should trump the common sense needed to save innocent lives never ceases to amaze me.


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