The recipient of occasional death threats, she has twice felt the need to move her family to undisclosed locations—and in recent years decamped from suburban Washington to the flyover wilds of Colorado. When she goes on book tour or lectures on college campuses, she is accompanied by a private security guard. “I limit the amount of traveling and speaking that I do, but you just never know,” she says.
Let me just say very clearly, that threatening people's lives for their opinions is wrong.
But my sympathy for Michelle Malkin is somewhat lessened when I remember that her M.O. often involves posting the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of people she deems ideologically impure and asking her many readers to badger them. While piously claiming that she doesn't condone threats, she took no action, such as taking down the numbers and addresses when she found out threats were being made. A school which Malkin targeted over a video showing children singing songs about Barack Obama had to go into lockdown because of death threats:
"The tension at B. Bernice Young Elementary School escalated to such a degree Thursday that the school was placed temporarily on lockdown after its principal received death threats over a YouTube video that showed nearly 20 children being taught songs lauding the president, though back-to-school night events continuing as planned Thursday night at the school."
Malkin's record of stalking schoolchildren and their parents for expressing beliefs about health care that she doesn't like is well-documented.
When you make your money out of stirring up hatred against people, you shouldn't be surprised when your readers act hatefully. Nor should you expect a lot of sympathy when some hate comes your way.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Michelle Malkin Has Feelings, Too - The Daily Beast