Thursday, December 01, 2005

Who are you calling angry, you pouting hag of a bitch?

I usually don't read Michelle Malkin's huff-stuff or watch her twisted performance art (projected self-loathing, transference, and unabashed political whoring) when she appears on cable news shows. I'm trying to conserve what little sanity I have left.

But for some reason I actually read her nails-on-the-chalkboard screech about Janeane Garofalo, Who are you calling angry?
Janeane Garofalo, left-wing actress-turned-Air America radio host, is a miserable woman. Last week before the holidays, she turned up on cable TV. No, not to count her blessings -- but to rant against conservative journalist Bob Novak, author Ann Coulter, and the Fox News Channel. She didn't have anything better to do for Thanksgiving?

Accessorized by a permanent scowl (hard to believe she was once considered a comedienne), Ms. Garofalo accused conservatives of having "an anger management problem." Without a trace of irony, the frowning Garofalo griped about "right-wing partisan hacks" who "are always on the verge of punching somebody or always behave as if they've just been cut off in traffic."

Malkin seems absolutely incredulous that anyone would think wingnuts come across as angry. I guess she doesn't watch O'Reilly that much or listen to Limbaugh and the Savage Wiener or even read the columns of her fellow hacks.

And somehow she's forgotten exactly why the Virginian-Pilot newspaper dropped her column.
The public editor of the Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA), Marvin Lake, announced in a November 14 Virginian-Pilot column that the newspaper had dropped right-wing pundit and author Michelle Malkin's nationally syndicated column from its op-ed page.

According to Lake, "readers often took issue with her [Malkin's] seemingly mean-spirited rantings and suggested that she be dropped." [emph added]
So the readers were begging for mercy.

Editorial writer Don Luzzatto commented: “I was really put off by her penchant for name-calling and ad hominem attack. I think we can do much better.” [emph added]

The article also quoted Bronwyn Lance Chester, another Virginian-Pilot columnist, who said:
I think [Malkin] habitually mistakes shrill for thought-provoking and substitutes screaming for discussion. She's an Asian Ann Coulter. I also think that, like Coulter, she says outrageous things just to get TV appearances and book deals. She's the worst of what's wrong with punditry today. She adds absolutely nothing to genuine political discourse. [emph added]
Apparently Janeane Garofalo is not the only one who thinks right-wing partisan hacks have cranked up the anger dial to 11.

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