Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Meet Michelle Malkin. I invite you to meet her because some (most?) of you are probably not fully familiar with the name. Lately, Malkin has been showing up a lot in mainstream media because she is promoting her new book, Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies (Regnery Publishing, July 2009). Malkin joins a growing list of ultra-conservative pundits whose mission is generally to find fault with all things Obama, without offering viable alternatives, suggestions or solutions. In her television appearances, Malkin is quick to bring up information about key administration players that is fully unrelated to their current jobs or accomplishments. For example, about technology czar Melissa Hathaway, Malkin likes to point out that Hathaway has a past shoplifting charge on her record. (For the record, a substantial Internet search turned up nothing about any run-in that Hathaway has had with the law. Also, on August 4, Hathaway announced her resignation).

Not unlike some other right wing commentators, Malkin displays a mean-spirited demeanor when she discusses government officials and cultural celebrities. She referred to Michael Jackson's memorial service as an exercise in "wretched excess." She is prone to find one bad apple in a downtrodden group and categorize the whole contingent as frauds. Such was the case when she found a woman who allegedly illegally toyed with the U.S. bankruptcy system. Malkin's conclusion was that 'prototypical foreclosure "victims" don't deserve an ounce of sympathy -- or a cent of our money.'

On Monday, she appeared on The View. What is particularly interesting about the following clip is that Elisabeth Hasselback, The View’s resident neo-con, doesn’t utter a word during the interview, other than to introduce Malkin and wrap up the segment at the end. Could it be that even Hasselback realizes Malkin’s agenda is more personal than professional? If you thought the epitome of radical conservatism was fully embodied by our old standbys Ann Coulter and Bay Buchanan, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, as they say. Watch:

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