August 20, 2004

Michelle Malkin on Hardball last night

I don't watch Hardball; Chris Matthews rubs me entirely the wrong way.

That being said, I didn't see Michelle Malkin on the Matthews MSNBC love-fest last night.

She was presumably on to talk about her new book, but the MSNBC producers asked her to do a segment on the Swift Boat controversy involving John Kerry and the new book Unfit For Command, which raises some legitimate concerns about John Kerry.

Matthews began to pepper Michelle in his usual bullying style, but Michelle wouldn't take the bait. When she mentioned a question raised about whether or not Kerry's wounds were self-infilcted, Matthews got defensive. When Michelle pointed out that the question was raised in the book, Matthews got even more defensive -- he hadn't read the book.

He tried again to bully Michelle, and when she wouldn't cower to Matthews' bluster, he ended the segment -- and by extension, her appearance. She didn't get to discuss her book at all.

And if all that weren't bad enough, Matthews had the classless gall to bad mouth her once she left. Then to pile the BS higher and deeper, Countdown host Keith Olbermann showed his ass and how he's entirely out of his depth outside of sports by continuing to pile onto Michelle in her absence.

Both Olbermann and Matthews used their blog entries to beat up on Michelle as well.

Of course, Michelle is a regular contributor for Fox News Channel and gets to appear on some of the highest rated news programs on cable. Olbermann and Matthews? Their collective audiences would fit inside a phone booth. OK, maybe two phone booths since MSNBC is carrying some Olympic coverage.

Posted by mhking at August 20, 2004 12:05 PM

Just goes to show you what happens when class meets up with crass. Crass may have one the battle, CLASS will win the war. Go Michelle!!!

Posted by: Guy S. at August 20, 2004 01:02 PM


You missed a big part of it- Michelle insinuated that Kerry had shot himself on purpose, and refused to back off the statement when Matthews pressed her to. Then she claimed such allegations appeared in the book; they didn't.

Besides, Matthews has people on his show blurbing books every single day, you can't expect him to read all of them.

Posted by: Steve at August 20, 2004 01:23 PM

Michelle insinuated that Kerry had shot himself on purpose

Like hell. Michelle said "self-inflicted" -- it was Matthews who jumped on that and twisted it into the most outrageous possible interpretation.

Posted by: McGehee at August 20, 2004 02:12 PM

Matthews asked her, about ten times, whether she believes Kerry shot himself on purpose, and she never said no. She also claimed, falsely, that such allegations appeared in the book.

Posted by: Steve at August 20, 2004 02:17 PM

Michelle would not take chris the wuss' bait. HE suggested kerry shot himself, NOT her; and then asked her to discount it. Sort of like ''when did you stop beating your wife?''
She was repeating what the book had stated - go read her blog to get the facts.
Matthews is a boor, thug and a wuss.
I hope his slimeball show tanks along with olberman's.
Both POS.

Posted by: Avik at August 20, 2004 02:39 PM

Come on Mike. How can you give a detailed description of what happened if you didn't see it?

Posted by: Nate at August 20, 2004 03:37 PM

Didn't watch Hardballs; I waste my time most every night trying to get through Olberman's Crapdown and the manner in which K. O. reported the "event" was sans balance... Went to K. O.'s blog and sent an email lauding his a politcal pundit...he makes a very fine fire hydrant!

Transcript...anyone? Naw! Why let the facts get in the way...

Posted by: Sergeant America at August 20, 2004 04:04 PM

I watched most of the interview, once Matthews got it into his head that Michele was accusing Kerry of injuring himself on purpose, he never let her explain her remark. He used the same tactic earlier in the show on Thurlow, then behaved himself when Max Cleeland was on (and saying the things that CM wanted to here).

If I heard her right, what Michele said was that the book claims that the one wound was self-inflicted. Self-inflicted does not equal intentionally self-inflicted; the latter being a claim that has not been made. While, the former has been claimed to be true, in fact, the Swiftees claim that two of his PHs were the result of injuries Kerry suffered through his own negligence in instances that occured when they werenot under fire.

Posted by: Richard @ TBR at August 20, 2004 04:28 PM

The transcript is here.

Michele starts out saying that Kerry's wound was said to be self-inflicted, Matthews jumps on that asking, (but not allowing here to answer), if she is saying that Kerry shot himself on purpose, she keeps trying to explain and to cite a passage in the book and then suddenly she states that the book does make the claim that Kerry may have intentionally caused his wounds.

Another thing, Michele keeps asking CM if he has read the book, we are still waiting for her to receive an answer.

Posted by: Richard@ TBR at August 20, 2004 04:47 PM

I don't understand the fuss.

Matthew's is a jerk. I don't understand why people go on his show in the first place.

Seriously, is it because Malkin is a pretty woman?

Posted by: DarkStar at August 20, 2004 05:31 PM

Michelle's blog entry was linked by Drudge.
At 1:00 today, Rush Limbaugh interviewed her for over half an hour.

All in all, I'd say the 15 million or so readers/listeners hearing her give details outtrumps the couple hundred thousand that saw Matthews/Olberman carry the water for the DNC.

Posted by: RW at August 20, 2004 09:13 PM

If you didn't see the show, you should be aware that Chris Mathews was self-imploding before Michelle even came on- so much so that I woke up my husband to watch Mathews totally freak out on Larry Thurgow. Then Mathews cranked it up a notch when Michelle came on.

Posted by: Jane at August 20, 2004 09:13 PM

I didn't get to see her appearance, either, but it sounds like a total bait-and-switch. Matthews is at least as much of a bully as O'Reilly, but is far worse at interrupting his guests. Can't watch either one of them for more than a minute or two at a time before I start "editorializing" at the TV real loud.

Malkin's a tough character. I like her a lot and think she's exquisite, but I get anxious for her because she is open to a lot of cynicism about her motives and identity. But I don't doubt her genuineness ---and that will be her ultimate defense against the stereotypists.

Posted by: Toby Petzold at August 21, 2004 09:02 AM

Yet it is OK when racist bigoted morons like sean hannity, ann coulter and bill o'reilly do it to their guests?

Posted by: Nick Saunders at August 26, 2004 05:53 AM

Unlike the author here who did not see it and is parroting what he read I did see it and I can tell you he creamed her, she was left a stammering jelly and had nooooo facts to back up the GOP talking points she was given by Karl Rove who she met prior to the interview.

Posted by: Michael at August 27, 2004 11:13 AM

Michele Malkin is a babe with brains and sass. This is from a guy who loves them round and ugly. The way she handled herself with "Softball" was very impressing. She is awesome and I love her.

PS: A black for George Bush

Posted by: Chales Butler at October 21, 2004 10:45 PM

If the way she handled herself was impressive, I'd hate to see a bad performance. This right wing orgy is making me laugh.....Malkin got creamed for throwing out irresponsible remarks and hiding behind the book. She went on CSPAN the next morning and looked like she was gonna cry. boo hoo

Posted by: Sam at October 20, 2005 01:35 AM
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