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Michelle Malkin Spins New York Times Editorial About McCain on FOX

Reported by Deborah - May 5, 2008 -

Today on Fox Election HQ, 5/5/08, Michelle Malkin objected to a New York Times editorial expressing concerns about the delayed release of John McCain's medical records claiming they're " looking to beat him over the head". However, she was more than happy to offer up Bill and Hillary's head and added Oprah Winfrey's for good measure despite the fact that Oprah had nothing to do with the editorial.

Malkin told Bill Hemmer that the New York Times is "incurious" about the other candidates records noting that " friends on the right warned him". She acted outraged that McCain's promise to release them in three weeks wasn't good enough. "What's the problem!", she sneered.

Neither Malkin or Hemmer revealed what the editorial actually said about the release of the records.

"In March, this newspaper’s medical reporter, Dr. Lawrence Altman, wrote about interviews with several experts not connected to Mr. McCain’s case concerning the probability of melanoma recurring. Most were positive about his prospects, but they lacked the benefit of Mr. McCain’s actual records and his physicians’ explanation of the extensive nature of his surgery. Voters are entitled to know about other potential health concerns for an average 71-year-old man."

Hemmer reminded Malkin that the article was also about Hillary Clinton's financial records but did not mention the concern expressed about McCain's tax returns. McCain only released two years compared to eight years released by Clinton and Obama. The editorial also noted that Cindy McCain refuses to release her returns which might reveal some conflicts of interest.

"The portrait of Mr. McCain’s finances is particularly skimpy because his wife, Cindy McCain, has chosen not to make her separate tax returns available. Mrs. McCain, the daughter of a multimillionaire Anheuser-Busch distributor, is not the candidate, but the need to gain public trust and to air potential conflicts of interest is vital. Four years ago, we urged Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wealthy wife of the 2004 Democratic nominee, to release her tax returns."

Malkin avoided all that messy stuff and instead focused on the Clintons and even dug up Sandy Berger for diversion. Then she attacked Oprah Winfrey over her claim that she left Obama's church in 1995 because she was concerned about Wright. It was a good way to smear both Obama and Winfrey, who supported him.

Malkin was prepared to use anything to avoid soiling McCain and Hemmer was prepared to let her .