I've never had the stomach to make it through a full Michelle Malkin column. I just read her latest, though my record is still in tact. I did red it to the endt, but there were points when she went on her hate-filled rant that I had to skim passages.
Her column today in the National Review is basically a mean-spirited diatribe against Zeituni Onyango , President Barack Obama's aunt who died two days earlier. (Don't worry if you didn't recognize the name Zeituni Onyango and wondered why she would be the subject of a long diatribe in the first place. We just must accept on faith that such things are the purview of Malkin World.) I suspect that the reason the rant didn't appear on Wednesday, the actual day of Ms. Onyango's death, is because of the magazine's publication requirements. Thank goodness for deadlines. (Yes, pun intended.) Either that was the reason for the surprisingly long two-day delay, or Ms. Malkin needed that much time to locate the grave so that she could dance on it.
It was oh-so whimsical to read her second sentence, "I hope she rests in peace." That would have meant so much more and seemed actually heartfelt if the sentence immediately before it, which began the article, didn't start out from its very first words, "Zeituni Onyango, President Obama’s illegal-alien aunt..."
(Side note: Not only is that such a warm-hearted way to open and precede your deepest giving sympathies -- it also wasn't true. She was granted asylum and had a green card, so she wasn't an illegal alien. At one time she had been, but that's not what Ms. Malkin wrote. Seriously, how hard would it have been to add the word, "one-time"? But hey, why should Michelle Malkin start being affected by facts and reality now, at this point in her life as ace reporter and human.)
Ms. Malkin's good wishes of the afterlife would have also meant so much more and seemed actually heartfelt if the rest of the article that followed hadn't said things like, "Auntie Zeituni had no job skills, no special talent, no compelling reason to keep her here in America as an asset to our culture or our economy." And also, "Neither Republican nor Democratic leaders in Washington had the will to kick this trash-talking freeloader (or her drunken-driving, deportation-evading, amnesty-securing deadbeat brother Omar Onyango) out of our home."
When I read things like these and this whole article, I'm reminded of a comment a co-worker made when I was working at Universal Studios, and our department was leaving the screening room after an advance showing of the religious-guilt-ridden, angst-filled, sexually-repressed remake of Cat People, written and directed by Paul Schrader. We were all stumbling out, when my co-worker's voice in the vestibule cut through the silence. "The only thing Paul Schrader needs is an exorcism and a good lay."
Hey, at least Michelle Malking doesn't make movies. So, there's some good to come from all of this...
I won't go into all the reasons Ms. Malkin gives for her hatred of Zeituni Onyango. That would require me looking up all her charges, in order to be fair to them, and I don't have it in me to take the time needed to do the research, nor the desire to wallow in the sludge where Michelle Malkin works. Suffice it to say that, based on her track record, I've learned that what Michelle Malkin says tends not to make it true, since there usually is another huge eye-opening story that she's leaving out. So, I will assume that Ms. Onyango did indeed have some job skills and special talent, just as I assume Ms. Malkin does, as well.
The larger point, though, is that even if one assumes that Zeituni Onyango indeed had absolutely no reason on earth to remain in the United States and just sucked the air out of being a welfare deadbeat, there are good ways of addressing such governmental problems two days after the death of someone who was apparently such a total non-entity, and a bad way of doing so. Michelle Malkin chose the latter, just because she...well, just because she is Michelle Malkin.
The good way, incidentally, is that you discuss government policy, not spend the article trashing the two-day dead person who you consider so insignificant. You also probably wait more than two days -- at the very least you do if you support the NRA's repeated requests that discussion of gun control days after a mass-killing national tragedy is "too early." Mind you, I don't know if Ms. Malkin does, indeed, support such NRA requests, but it seems to fit with her that she does. Perhaps though she just has limit on the number of dead bodies before "too early" kicks in and you can trash a dead person. Or maybe the admonition only counts for gun deaths and not cancer.
The only direct comment I'll make about Michelle Malkin's overtly mean-spirited comments concern her utterly scathing ridicule of Zeituni Onyango's attempt to so-offensively claim political persecution and personal risk if she was returned to Kenya. This shows a traditional Malkin-trait of ignoring the full story -- in this case, Kenya's history of political violence. This history, it should be noted out of accuracy and a sense of fairness, includes that the country's current president is facing charges of -- are you ready? -- crimes against humanity brought before the International Criminal Court. And that the country was ravaged by inter-ethnic violence (as the BBC reported here) in 2007. The situation in Kenya is so bad that even President Obama himself refused to visit Kenya, the birthplace of his own father, on a recent international trip. That the aunt of a United States Senator and later President might possible be at risk from others in such an historic and current volatile environment is really (really) not all that hard to figure.
Unless perhaps you're Michelle Malkin and a) don't want to write about realty, b) just want to be mean-spirited, and c) pretty much only want to find any way to attack President Barack Obama.
Just two days after Zeituni Onyango had died of cancer, Michelle Malking trashes her in a national publication. Last night, in fact the posting I made here right before this one, I had a video of the Tin Woodsman from the Wizard of Oz singing "If I Only Had a Heart." My apologies for writing two similar stories back-to-back.
At least I had the good sense to have a whole day between today's article and The Scarecrow here singing "If I Only Had a Brain." I know that that doesn't meet Michelle Malkin's high, two-day standard, but in my defense I didn't know what she'd be coming up with so soon.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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