Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Malkin disgusts me

Today she's bitching about Lara Logan using video that may or may not have come from insurgent sources to illustrate her amazing story about a battle on Haifa street. The truth is, neither Malkin nor the blogger she links to can prove the video came from the insurgent sources, that the insurgents (or al Qaeda) released it first or that the insurgents didn't receive it from the same source from which Logan got the video

I worked with Lara Logan personally in Afghanistan and, to a person, every military member she came into contact with said the stories she aired about her time with them was dead-on honest--not to mention that, unlike Malkin who spent four days "embedded" with a unit showing her the fluffiest of fluff stories, Logan was nearly killed running the Afghanistan/Pakistan border with SpecOps types. Logan is the real deal. She's ten times smarter and ballsier than Malkin could ever hope to be and she doesn't have a political axe to grind. She doesn't deserve to be picked at by the likes of Fox News's Senior Racist Correspondent.

Malkin even suggests that the "masked 'Haifa Street resident'" in Logan's story is untrustworthy when he says that the Iraq War has brought "death and destruction" to Baghdad, though that is an inarguable fact.

As long as Malkin wants to question Iraqi video sources, she should ask herself this simple question: Where did the video of Saddam's hanging come from? Malkin proudly linked to the "uncut version" on her website (and included a graphic) and, in the same post, suggested the "American Left is, yes, unhinged." Who captured that video, Michelle? What was his purpose in doing so? To foment more violence in Iraq? To gloat about the new Shiite power structure being built under Moqtada al Sadr, for whom many at the execution chanted? You have repeatedly poo-pooed the bloodshed in Iraq as "sectarian violence" and you display video that seems designed to make it worse. You wrote, upon returning from your four-day stay in the country:
Modern war in the Middle East is no longer as cut-and-dried as shooting all the bad guys and going home. We are fighting a "war of the fleas" -- not just Sunni terrorists and Shiite death squads, but multiple home-grown and foreign operators, street gangs, organized crime and freelance jihadis conducting ambushes, extrajudicial killings, sectarian attacks, vehicle bombings and sabotage against American, coalition and Iraqi forces. Cell phones, satellites and the Internet have allowed the fleas to magnify their importance, disseminate insurgent propaganda instantly and weaken political will.
But, because it fit the fairytale version of an Iraq that is gettinbetterallthetimebygod, you and your fellow right wing fucktards decided to disseminate footage made with God knows what intent.

Logan is telling the story you didn't seem to notice during your trip to the country and she's been putting her ass on the line for the past four-plus years to do it. It's time you learned that all of us have our "betters"--as they used to say back in the small Kansas town I came from. Logan is definitely yours.


Anonymous A.Scott said...

Beautifuly said , (Swish, nothing but net,) and Booooong, Malkin Beaten like the gong she is .

From what I understand , Logan is more than happy to meet her critics ( just ask Laura Ingram)so perhaps for added comedy, lets fix them up in a conference call and hear a journalist take on a poseur. ( and an unhinged , unqualified one at that).
Nicely picked, nitpicker.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous El Cid said...

I have no doubt that Lara Logan could, both physically and metaphorically, kick Michelle Malkin's a** up and down the street.

And probably should, although unfortunately it would give Malkin even more attention.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous pseudonymous in nc said...

A. Scott's already hinted at the pwning that Logan delivered to Ingraham, another drive-by bullshitter. She can fight pretty well for herself. Still, it's important to slap down Little LuLu early and often.

[It's also quite something that the correspondents who bring America's foreign warzones into American living rooms are usually not Americans. I don't want to extrapolate anything from that, but I also suspect that Logan, Mick Ware, Jamie Tarabay et al. aren't easily intimidated by yapping wingnut welfare cases.]

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Spud1 said...

Always important to remind ourselves of what real report from Iraq looks like, and it happens to included an incredible piece of smackdown of Laura Ingraham, who was in Baghdad for twice as long as Malkin. One can only wonder what Logan would have to say to her.

6:37 AM  
Blogger john said...

The recent Lara Logan story was really unbelievable -- I don't think that people realize how strange it was.

Apparently she went on the internet to try to get people to lobby her own network to show her work. In other words, CBS has been so intimidated that they hold back news, and the newspeople they're paying are having to find alternative media to get the word out. The networks really have collapsed. Even their own people are going to new media.

I wrote this up better here: Link

6:40 AM  
Anonymous todd b. said...

Lara Logan v. Michelle "Malcontent" Malkin. No contest. Why even mention the two in the same article, let alone same sentence. At some point you have got to stop swatting every strawman Malcontent and her ilk erect. They do so only to obfuscate reality and the truth. Treat her like Joe "Joke Line" Klein. Don't go away angry, Malcontent; just go away.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Todd and in Charge said...

Great post. Lara Logan is the real deal - courageous and visceral reporting.

Malkin is a put-on, there to amuse the rubes as their pockets are fleeced.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous bbbustard said...

Thanks for the great post - I too was infuriated by the ignorance oozing with slime that Malkin posted. I couldn't have done it half as well.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous A.Scott said...

Laura Ingraham,I mis-spelled above , and unlike the right , am happy to proofread and correct.


Ingraham, that is , who was fully down-smacked by Logan , and who once faced with vocal opposition and expostion got real quiet in response. The scum on the right like to throw elbows and basless shitbombs, but when confronted by the Ugly Truth tend to wimper and act all victimy.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous clarke said...

Dude, I just solved our media problem. Y'know how it's totally cowed and worthless? Check this out: You tell Lara Logan that Mick Ware likes her, as in "likes her" likes her, and I'll tell Mick Ware the same thing but with the roles reversed, and eventually they'll create a race of uber-journalists. The kids'll be smart and gutsy with great instincts, and they'll be incredibly good-looking so they'll appeal to those who wouldn't otherwise have an interest in hard news, and...

Oh, wait. I just realized that the boys would have to be castrated at birth, because balls that enormous would be ambulation-prohibitive. The girls would probably be okay, but brass ovaries might confuse and overtax the immune system. Hmmm...

Ah, screw it. We can work the kinks out later. I'll start making up the "If you like me, check the box marked Y" cards.

6:33 PM  
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11:40 PM  
Blogger gleic said...


I guess her solution to getting rid of the FLEAS is to kill everything that moves including the young ones and make all of the still breathing adults infertile, like I do with my dog's fleas?

This will take me a while to process on the same day Biden called Obama clean and articulate.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Librocrat said...

Maybe this will help:

Definition of Malkin:
1. Originally, a kitchenmaid; a slattern.
2. A mop made of clouts, used by the kitchen servant.
3. A scarecrow.
4. (Mil.) A mop or sponge attached to a jointed staff for swabbing out a cannon.

I think #4 is against her religion.

5:43 PM  

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