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Control freak Malkin tells guest "stop, stop" to prevent salient point

Reported by Chrish - July 21, 2007 -

Michelle Malkin subbed again for Bill O'Reilly tonight 7/20/07. I've noticed that when the main thrust of the program will deal with racially charged issues she's brought on to lend legitimacy, rather than having John Kasich or another FOX white Christian male railing against minorities. Tonight Malkin was whining about Democrats who voted to dump an amendment to the 9/11 bill that would have disallowed lawsuits against people who falsely accused others of "suspicious behavior," which apparently can include praying in a foreign language.

Malkin, like John Gibson, falsely accused Democrats of not protecting Americans by voting against the amendment. Their mindset is that nervous, terrorized (by fright-wing propaganda) Americans should report incidents that are "suspicious" to them, and let the authorities sort it out, and in the event that there was no basis (other than in their imaginations) for the fear, the victims would not be allowed to sue - for discrimination, for defamation, for losses incurred, for legal fees, nothing.

Malkin and Gbson accuse the Democrats of promoting "if you see something, shut up" in contrast to the Republican slogan "if you see something, say something." That is a deliberate mischaracterization; all Americans want truly suspicious behavior reported, but want vigilance to be tempered with common sense caution.

This law would not, as Malkin insisted, stop Brian Morgenstern from reporting that he had processed videos of "ten men at a firing range with handguns, rifles and what he thought were fully automatic rifles. Authorities later said they were chanting in Arabic, "Allah Akbar," or "God is Great." According to the Newark NJ Star Ledger Morgenstern talked to family, slept on it, and reported it. People need to use their better judgment when making such monumental accusations, and the possibility of a lawsuit in the case of a false arrest may temper the more reactionary among us. A reasoned accusation, which may still be false, can be defended in court.

Malkin used melodramatic, over-the-top rhetoric to demonize Democrats and made no bones about her prejudice against Arabs and Muslims. If it wasn't so revolting it would be refreshing to see such an unabashed xenophobe show the radical right-wing's, and FOX's, true colors. Malkin is horrified that the accusers are being "dragged" through the courts and accused of anti-Muslim bigotry. She asserted that the goal of this lawsuit is to intimidate and prevent other "patriotic Americans" from coming forward and reporting "security-undermining behavior." She conflated the shoe-bomber and the jihadi-training video to the praying Imams and said alert citizens would now be afraid to report such (overt) behaviors.

Rebecca Aboud-Chedid of the Arab-American Institute defended the right to sue and the legal system, saying essentially that frivolous lawsuits would be recognized and thrown out, while cases like the one involving the Imams should be allowed to play out. (She asserted that the FBI has interrogated the Imams and determined that they did nothing wrong.)

Malkin insisted that the point of the lawsuit is to intimidate people into "thinking twice" before reporting "suspicious" behavior, and the "whistleblowers" (accusers) will be dragged through the mud; no balancing sympathy for the Imams who were (and continue to be) publicly accused of being terrorists. Yes, now their loud praying that so disturbed the accuser is being classified by some as "terrorism" because it evoked fear. By that logic, newly-licensed teenage drivers are also terrorists.

Malkin said that the problem is, people will hesitate to report their suspicions. Aboud-Chedid disagreed, but when she was about to say what her perception of "the problem is, if we pass the law...," Malkin said "Stop, stop" and wouldn't let her make her point, took over the conversation and reiterated her own view.

Aboud-Chedid, who conducted herself calmly, rationally, and professionally, finally did make her point, but Malkin negated it, reinforced her anti-Arab-Muslim bigotry, and ended the segment abruptly.

No wonder she's O'Reilly's go-to gal.