Creative Destruction

July 8, 2007

Fox News Attack Dog

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Immigration,Personal Ramblings — Brutus @ 11:21 pm

I stumbled across Michelle Malkin on Fox News not once but twice in the past two days, which I take as a sign that I’m meant to blog about her. I’m unclear how long she has been appearing on The O’Reilly Factor, but it is clear after only a small bit of viewing that she’s been studying her betters — and learning. This excerpt on the subject of immigration is a good example:

At the outset, she frames the issue incorrectly, conflating immigration with crime and imploring her expert, immigration attorney Susan Church, to defend them as though they’re the same thing. Church’s initial response rightly unlinked the two issues and offered a better frame for discussing immigration, but things only went south one Malkin rejoined her. YouTube has another “debate” on the same subject with Geraldo Rivera, which I haven’t viewed. (Um, why was Geraldo Rivera of all people interviewed on immigration?)

I avoid watching Fox News, but on those occasions when it happens to be on in the room, I find it difficult to look away. Viewing Fox News is like seeing a train wreck as it happens, and the cult of personality surrounding some of its “journalists” is utterly astounding. Like Bill O’Reilly, Malkin routinely taunts, interrupts, baits, and insults her interview subjects. Why would anyone, knowing how interviewees are treated, be willing to be set up for such apparent slaughter?

As for presenting either news or commentary, The O’Reilly Factor fails miserably. Yet it succeeds as entertainment of the most base kind. On one side of the political aisle, folks gape in disbelief at what they’re witnessing. On the other side, folks jeer and hoot at the sight of the hosts’ “opponents” being eviscerated in debate. I’m still uncertain whether the Fox News hounds, yipping and nipping at everything and everyone, are simply chasing ratings. Can it be they really believe that the ideal of public debate is well served by the freak shows they put on?


  1. I knew Michelle Malkin before she became Michelle Malkin. Spent one spring break with her and some other folks at her parents’ house in New Jersey, went to the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, got carded at the casino for being underaged, walked around Chinatown in New York City and had noodles for lunch, ate homemade Philipino eggrolls; corresponded one summer between California and New Jersey and gossipped about new boyfriends. She was one of my best friends my freshman year in college. Those were the good ol’ days.

    Comment by greywhitie — July 9, 2007 @ 4:38 am | Reply

  2. Brutus fell madly in love with her sophomore year, but she spurned him, saying that trombonists tended to be too moody and dour for her fun-loving self. He’s never gotten over her.

    Comment by Robert — July 9, 2007 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  3. Robert, Brutus graduated before Michelle attend same college, so Brutus could not have fallen in love with her. You made all that up, Robert. Shame on you!

    Comment by greywhitie — July 9, 2007 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  4. Speaking of how viewing Fox News is similar to watching a train wreck, have either of you seen Mick Napier’s Annoyance Theatre production of the scathing satire, “President Bush is a Great Man”? (Can’t figure out how to use italics here. Sorry!) He shows that train wreck nature of their news by having audiences witness the brainwashing of two viewers who are listening to accounts of the war in Iraq. Ultimately, the Fox News commentator’s disembodied, televised voice says things like, “Iraq has been renamed ‘Bliss’.” The two female viewers sit there and become zombified while making pleasant remarks about how nice the president’s haircuts are now. Ultimately, they shake off their stupor and turn off the tube, slightly pissed that, once again they were victims of the media.

    Too bad the show’s not still running. I sure would like to see it one more time, particularly the stem cell research portion with Michael J. Fox dancing his Parkinson’s dance while singing, “I am created in his own image. So put those stem cells away. God thinks I’m okay!”

    Comment by presentpeace — July 9, 2007 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  5. Maybe he was into her when she was in high school. I didn’t say that they were in college together; I just said that he fell in love with her when he was a sophomore. 😉

    Comment by Robert — July 9, 2007 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  6. I’ve never met the woman, despite our having attended the same college (at different times). That fact predisposed me to liking her, but I’ve since reevaluated. Nice, shiny hair doesn’t compensate for the things that come out of her mouth.

    Comment by Brutus — July 9, 2007 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

  7. I think Bobby Hayes is secretly in love with her.

    Comment by greywhitie — July 9, 2007 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

  8. You have found my secret. Now I have no choice but to destroy you all.

    Comment by Robert — July 9, 2007 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  9. We’ll destroy you first, Robert. We’re armed with 1001 water balloons. What weapontry have you got?

    Comment by greywhitie — July 9, 2007 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  10. I happen to know his secret weapon in this situation: 99 Luftballons.

    He may get soaking wet, but you won’t get away without dancing!

    Comment by Off Colfax — July 10, 2007 @ 5:15 am | Reply

  11. I would rather be Dancing Queen than Soaking Queen! You won’t be able to see my bra or boobs underneathe my wet shirt!

    Comment by greywhitie — July 10, 2007 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  12. No no no, greywhitie. You respond to threats like that with even more dangerous songs. Falco’s Rock Me Amadeus or, for the seriously recalcitrant, Men Without Hats’ Safety Dance are the only ways to up the ante in this situation.

    More water balloons? Pfft.

    Comment by Off Colfax — July 10, 2007 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

  13. I did not realize you had weapons of mass falcostruction. My anti-falco satellite network is not yet operational, so for the good of my people I have no choice but to yield.

    But there will come another day!

    Comment by Robert — July 10, 2007 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

  14. Prepare yourself for my new weapon, Robert: shitty sentences. I’ve perfected the art of writing shitty sentences, so I will start writing shitty sentence after shitty sentence. And you won’t be able to steal them because they are password protected. There. Go develop some anti-shitty sentence missiles!

    BTW, Brutus: are we providing you with the comments you were looking for?

    Comment by greywhitie — July 10, 2007 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

  15. I call her Anne Coultard II. Fox liked Anne, what ever was their agenda, Anne would always exceed expectations and actually make hosts like O’Reilley look reasonable. Then Anne wrote books, and decided being paid to spew hate speech was a better deal.

    Then Fox news pulled this chick out of their bag. I remember her first appearance on O’Reilley. He almost chocked on her rethoric. In France they call these people “Caviar Leftist” for people raised in wealth, who are simply clueless of the world they live in and want to be on TV what ever needs to be said.

    I am convinced this chick would host “The Soup” on E if the offered her the job.

    Comment by Vilon — July 11, 2007 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  16. As one of the few occasional readers of this blog, I would like you guys to comment on the CNN/Moore issue. I would also like to see a debate and some links to health care issues.

    Comment by Vilon — July 11, 2007 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  17. In college (which we attended together on the same end of campus) it was her then boyfriend and now husband Jessie who was the public firebrand. I worked together with him on a “bipartisan” magazine project and drew quite a bit of heat for it. He’s a decent enough guy, if well to the right of both me and the campus.

    She had a pretty low profile at the time. I didn’t like her much personally, but didn’t know her very well. My less political friends liked her less socially, for reasons I have only a dim awareness of.

    Comment by ohwilleke — July 23, 2007 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

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