Michelle Malkin

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Michelle Maglalang Malkin is a right-wing nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate whose articles have been published by Townhall.com, Jewish World Review, and WorldNetDaily. Malkin also writes a blog popular among conservatives. In April 2006, Malkin co-founded "conservative Internet broadcast network" HotAir.com.[1]

Setting standards for mean-spiritedness

Malkin's mean-spirited commentary has led Geraldo Rivera to state that she is "the most vile, hateful commentator I’ve ever met in my life"[2]. And Andrew Sullivan initiated a "Malkin Award", a prize for "for shrill, hyperbolic, divisive and intemperate right-wing rhetoric"[3]

Invective against Winter Soldier

Michelle Malkin has focused much criticism on the Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan hearings held 14-16 March 2008 near Washington, DC.[4]

Critical Assessment

Ward Churchill's critical assessment of Malkin:

Well, she came out with a book titled In Defense of Internment in 2004[5], highly touted in hard right circles, that not only seeks to justify the mass internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, but argues that the same procedure could be used against Arabs and Arab Americans today. Setting aside the squalor of her thesis, and the gross distortions of data to which she resorts in "supporting" it, the fact is that the bulk of her argument on the World War II internment derives from a fairly obscure right-winger named Lillian Baker. Yet Baker's material is cited nowhere in Malkin's book. In fact, she isn't so much as mentioned (perhaps because Baker, who passed away some years back, was exposed by Deborah Lipstadt in Denying the Holocaust as having employed the same "scholarly methods" as neo-Nazi holocaust deniers).
What's the payout for Malkin? Let's start with a stint as a regular commentator -- read, pet "minority" (she's Filipina) -- on Fox News and Clear Channel. And let's end with an all but total silence about her "scholarly integrity" from the left. Why? Because she is paid by a right-wing think-tank [ed.'s note: Malkin worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute until 1995], rather than holding a regular faculty position somewhere? Gimme a break on that one. Her book is used in classes, and she speaks regularly on campuses across the country. If the left is going to indulge in condemning scholarly lapses -- real or imaginary -- where its own are concerned, it has at the very least an obligation to hold the right accountable to the same standards, and to do so to the best of its ability -- through alternative media, if nothing else -- using the same tools as the right.[6]

Career with Fox News

Michelle Malkin began appearing on Fox News in 2001, making regular guest appearances on some of their most popular programs, including The Sean Hannity Show, Fox and Friends, and The O'Reilly Factor. In 2007, after a heated dispute with fellow pundit Geraldo Rivera when she made the decision to stop her regular appearances on the Factor. Geraldo later apologized, but Malkin considered the apology "A Complete Farce" [2]


  • Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores, Regnery Publishing, September 2002, ISBN 0895261464.
  • In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror, Regnery Publishing, August 2004, ISBN 0895260514.
  • Unhinged : Exposing Liberals Gone Wild, Regnery Publishing, October 2005, ISBN 0895260301.
  • Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, Regnery Publishing, July 2009, ISBN: 1596986204


Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
5777 W. Century Blvd.
Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Resources and articles

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  1. Conservative Internet Broadcast Network Debuts eMediaWire, 24 April 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Amato: Did Malkin quit O'Reilly's Factor over Geraldo clash? Crooks and Liars, accessed 3 May 2012.
  3. Andrew Sullivan, The Dish Awards, The Dailty Beast, Accessed: 4 May 2012.
  4. Michelle Malkin, Winter Soldier II: The curtain opens; Plus: More on the anti-recruiter war Update: Pinkos disrupt Move America Forward press conference, Michellemakin.com, March 14, 2008
  5. Michelle Malkin, In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror, Regnery Publishing, August 2004.
  6. Joshua Frank, "Accusations and Smear. An Interview with Ward Churchill (Part 1 of 5) Dissident Voice, 19 September 2005.



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