Friday, May 30, 2008

Idiot of the Month: Michelle Malkin (Special Lifetime Achievement Award)

When I started this blog I had a little feature called "Idiot of the Month." I discontinued it after just a couple of installments, but the time has come to bring the "IotM" back and give a special lifetime achievement award for idiocy to Michelle Malkin.

I first ran across Malkin when she was making the rounds promoting her book In Defense of Internment: The Case for "Racial Profiling" in WWII. As an Asian-American woman (she is of Filipino descent), it was more than a little odd to hear her arguing that it was a good thing that the United States interred Japanese-Americans during the war, but whatever floats your boat... A short time later I ran across her on TV defending poor, misunderstood Joseph McCarthy. That was when I marked her down as special...short bus special. She's gone on to write other books: Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores and Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild. Of course, there's always a place for such special people on Faux News, but she left after Geraldo Rivera's outburst in a Boston Globe interview...
"Michelle Malkin is the most vile, hateful commentator I've ever met in my life," he says. "She actually believes that neighbors should start snitching out neighbors, and we should be deporting people. It’s good she’s in D.C. and I’m in NY. I’d spit on her if I saw her.”
Like Ann Coulter, controversy follows Malkin around. Where there is none, she invents it in the recesses of her special little mind. Everyone by now has heard the latest. Dunkin Donuts had an online ad featuring Rachael Ray. Ray is wearing a black and white scarf with fringe and a paisley pattern. Most people didn't think anything about it, but Malkin saw a keffiyeh, which means jihad or terrorism or Islamic extremism or something insidious to her warped, twisted, special little mind. Malkin got all the other mouth-breathers excited and Dunkin Donuts ended up pulling the ad. Hey, they were just trying to sell some iced coffee.

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John Scalzi had a great take on the "controversy" at Whatever, with a look at what Dunkin Donuts's press release would have said had they been able to be brutally honest...
Because Michelle Malkin is so appallingly stupid and/or ignorant that it appears that she can’t tell the difference between a paisley scarf and a kiffiyeh, we’re pulling our ad of Rachel Ray enjoying our iced coffee. We do hope that once Ms. Malkin extracts her head from between her own ass cheeks, she stops by one of our many establishments and samples one of our fine iced coffees, any one of which undoubtedly tastes much better than the crap that typically fills her mouth, via her brain, at any given time.


Lisa :-] said...

Yeah...this is one little incident that caused me to come out of my small-business-owner stupor and gripe a little. This woman is definitely a mouth-breather. makes me wonder. If an idiot of this sort can still put enough fear in the hearts of a big company to get them to pull an ad, what does this mean for Barack Hussein Obama? I can only imagine....and cringe.

fdtate said...

Yeah, I think most people with an ounce of common sense saw this story and just shook their head in disbelief. To think that Dunkin Donuts and Rachael Ray are fronting for al-Qaeda or Hezbollah is just absurd. It reminds me of the idiots that travel hundreds of miles to see the virgin Mary in water spots or toast, or the people that see pornographic images in the shadows of Disney cartoons.

I guess DD decided that it was just better to go along to get along. It won't cost them too much to get Ray back to re-tape the spot, this time without a scarf. And someone once said that even bad publicity is still publicity. I've been think about making a trip to DD just on general principle, to make a stand against stupidity or something.

zina said...

I wish we had more "idiots" like Michelle Malkin. They make "smart" ones that post crap like that to show their real brain power. Hang on, Michelle, tere are people out there that can actually understand what you mean.