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Cry Baby Malkin

Reported by Judy - August 21, 2004 -

Right-wing pundits finally get a tiny dose of their own medicine, and, boy, are they whining. This specific whiner is Michelle Malkin, a pundit for Fox, whose feelings were hurt when she appeared on Chris Matthews' "Hardball" on MSNBC Thursday (August 19) night.

Malkin, syndicated columnist and author of In Defense of Interment: The Case for Racial Profiling, was upset because Matthews pressed her to give specific answers to questions about allegtions by some swift boat veterans.

In the course of conversation, Malking said there "are legitimate questions about whether or not it was a self-inflicted wound." Matthews asked, "Are you saying that he shot himself on purpose?" The answer to that question is either yes or no.

Malkin's first response was "Did you read the book..." Matthews replied, "I'm asking a simple question. Are you saying that he shot himself on purpose?"

Again, she would not say yes or no, but "I'm saying some of these soldiers..."

Seventeen similar exchanges followed in the next few minutes, with Malkin never asking the question. Malkin at one point wanted to know why Matthews hadn't asked Kerry if he had shot himself on purpose. "Don't you wonder?" she asked. Matthews responded, "No, I don't. It's never occurred to me."

The next day, Malkin was on "Washington Journal" on C-span. She complained about her treatment, calling Matthews a "Democratic Party water boy" and the show "slime ball politics." Callers and e-mails to C-span noted that since Malkin works for Fox, she should be used to such tactics, saying, as one dad, "What's good for the goose." Malkin claimed she had never seen treatment like that on Fox.

Comments indicated that some viewers had seen Outfoxed. One noted that Fox uses the tactic "some people say" without offering facts and that Matthews was only trying to pin her down.

On her blog, Malkin says she would like to talk to Matthews' wife, who has a show on working women, about the "Neanderthal chauvinism" of her husband.

On her blog, Malkin called Matthews "this foaming jerk" and ranted about her unfair treatment. Then she claimed, "I am used to playing hardball, I expect it. I am used to ad hominem attacks. I get more in a day than most of thse wussies have received in their lifetimes."

I have no sympathy for Malkin. For once, a Fox analyst gets what is dished out to liberal guests on that network day after day, and she whines and whines. Grow up Malkin. If you can't answer simple yes or no questions, stay home.