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Juan Williams stands up to Michelle Malkin on YearlyKos issues

Reported by Chrish - August 7, 2007 -

Michelle Malkin, subbing for O'Reilly again, held a "FOX fair and balanced" (i.e., 2:1) discussion over this past weekend's YearlyKos convention of liberal bloggers. Juan Williams of NPR and Rick Moran of Rightwing Nuthouse (and comment moderator at michellemalkin.com) were the guests. Malkin made no bones about her right-wing extremism, calling the liberal and progressive bloggers the "nutroots."
With video.

Malkin teased tomorrow's program, where O'Reilly will host the soldier who attended a panel at YearlyKos, in uniform, and lectured the panel members on the Iraq war. There is a summary of the episode at (where else?) DailyKos. It will be interesting to see how O'Reilly spins the story, given his hatred of DailyKos and his support for the war in Iraq.

Malkin advanced O'Reilly's claims that DailyKos traffics in hate, but Williams disagreed and said he sees serious topics advanced there, which is why serious people like the Democratic candidates attended. Malkin attacked Markos Moulitsas, citing two comments ( about the private contractors in Fallujah and a go f*ck yourself to Dick Durbin), and Williams shot right back that VPUSA Cheney said Go f*ck yourself to US Senator Leahy, on the floor of the Senate.

This allowed Williams to introduce the "parallel universe to the left-wing blogosphere, ...right-wing talk radio." He cited Michael Savage saying Condalleeza Rice was an affirmative action hire, and Malking indignantly demanded if that was as bad as "eff yourself???" She turned to Moran for support, accusing Williams of "moral equivalency," and Moran agreed that the left traffics in hate-mongering and "has lowered the bar on what is hate speech."

Williams said the left is merely matching the intensity of the language that has been so successful on talk radio, and there is no question where that rhetoric got started: it started on the right.

Go Juan! This whole framing of "hate" and "hate-mongering" has been festering at FOX for several years now, beginning with accusations of America-hating and Bush-hating. This appeal to emotions is so divisive and destructive to America. O'Reilly, Malkin, and others are inciting a vicious partisan civil war with all their emotional invective.