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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

In other surprising news, water found to be 'wet'

If it's a day that ends with a "Y" Michelle Malkin must be outraged about something.

Right-wing nutjob Michelle Malkin is upset that Antonia Zerbisais made a joke about someone, maybe even Dick Cheney, shooting her.

Not that she needs me to defend her, in fact it's like a Boy Scout troop acting as bodyguards to the SAS, but the Divine Ms. Z has apparently fallen afoul of the conservative outrage machine as the poster girl for the unhinged has released her flying monkeys. (read the hilarious comments)
Apparently, IOKIYAR rules are still in effect. It's okay for Canada's Lowest Common Dominatrix and the rest of the right wing shriekosphere on both sides of the border to joke about or actually call for the death of various journalist, politicians and massive numbers of brown or brownish people and their sympathizers, but if a Canadian journalist Twitters a bit of wordplay on Marxists and marksmen and suggests a rabid Pomeranian of the Right be sent hunting with Dick Cheney, well that's a hate crime and she's worse than Hitler and Stalin combined.
And naturally, the first response of the champion of rugged individualism and freedom when someone makes a mean joke about her is to run crying to the principal. Typical. I'm surprised we haven't yet been informed of what kind of countertops grace the Zerbisais' household.

Doubtless the wingnuts will shriek and jump up and down and hold their breath until they get what they want, and in the end La Zerb will probably have to make a pro forma apology of some sort. She should not, and her employer should not bend to the histrionics of the wingnut outrage machine. The Right should grow a skin and learn to take a fraction of what they dish out.

Stephen Taylor's original post linked above has it about right - it was a dumb thing to say, but it was said in an off-the-cuff forum (Twitter) not in her newspaper column, it was obviously a joke and not some sinister call for Malkin to be assasinated, and last time I checked people in both Canada and the United States had a right to free speech.

If the right feel that Zerbisais should apologize or be fired for a lame Twitter joke about wishing Dick Cheney would shoot Michelle Malkin, consistency demands that they first insist that Ann Coulter be punished in some fashion for wishing in syndicated print (and repeating it endlessly on television) that Tim McVeigh had blown up the New York Times building.

Otherwise, they should STFU


Frank Frink said...

While Taylor may be more or less correct in his assessment he should, as Canadian Cynic rightly points out, shine the same light on a number of the members of his own Blogging Tories aggregation. Until such time I still consider his stance hypocritical.

Thanks, Rev.!

Shinigami Kayo said...

Water found to be wet AND Science has now proven Fish can get sea sick

jj said...

Absolutely right. Zerb will probably end up apologizing -- which might be the politic thing to do, but IMO completely unnecessary.

Who knew the wingnuts were such dainty little doilies?

Anonymous said...

Funny thing about Malkin...
If she wasn't so superficially “cute” and rabidly irrational with her far right gibberish, instead of holding her up as a token representation of right wing "diversity" the people who admire her so much would be screeching at her to "go back where she came from” and stop "stealing" "American" jobs.

I read the comments on that piss poor blog of hers, like you suggested, and that is two minutes of my life I will never get back. The level of "Humour" among that crowd is about grade 6 or maybe 7 intellect.
They seem to hate everything they do not understand - thus leaving themselves very little to like.
Their screeching about Obama, (a dutiful corporatist), and how his “socialism” is destroying “America” is horrifically strange. They all seem to lament the “thoughtful and responsible” corporatism of the Cheney/Bush regime - without irony!

Sociopaths and psychopaths always project the grotesquery of their thoughts and deeds onto others.
It is a built in defense mechanism designed to call attention away from their own abhorrent natures and it appears to be on full display in this case.

The hysterics over a "tweet" of minimal importance and content is a telling indication of the paucity of polemic and rational thought among the far right.
Are they really that desperate to climb up on the cross and wail about their martyrdom?
It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragically pathetic.

Moreover, this "Twitter" phenomenon seems to make "twits" of all who engage in such a shallow venue for one off thinking.
In this world of fast moving, religiously intransigent ignorance "Twitter" is yet another unwelcome dumbing down for all who bother with it.


the rev. paperboy said...

First, thanks for the lengthy comment - I love it when people respond at length, come back any old time!
As far as twitter is concerned, at first I thought it was the perfect medium for conservatives on the internet - too short to do anything but repeat idiotic talking points without room for detail,context, nuance or any real content of any kind, but I've a been won over this week by a group of friends who have been using it as a way of pointing out good, longer stuff they've found that is worth reading but might get lost in the on going shuffle.

David said...

"I love it when people respond at length"