But since Michelle also took this as an opportunity to again assert that "liberals" are more unhinged than "conservatives" I feel it fair I respond to that. First, Malkin claims that "the Right is far more self-critical than the sanctimonious liberals who never say a peep about the routine hatred and poisonous ethnic/racial/religious identity politics exhibited by their own" and that "we don't need your prodding." Well, despite her protestation, it did take some prodding. After all, Ann has been a hate-monger for years, and Malkin has never seen fit before to distance herself from Coulter. As I previously blogged, Michelle has before referenced Coulter as a "better way to lay into liberals," and that was well after Coulter had made numerous eliminationist remarks about liberals.
I also take issue with this:
Well, yeah. If you compare mainstream media figures versus the thousands (perhaps millions of web surfers) then odds are you're going to find more uncivil remarks from the web. And obviously those comments are inexcusable. Does Malkin really think that the majority of people she considers liberal find that sort of speech acceptable? I expect that the majority of Americans - regardless of their politics - find this sort of behavior intolerable. Also, there are idiots across the political spectrum who will respond like juvenile assholes to something they disagree with - that is simply a fact of human nature.
I'll show you 100 liberal hate mails and blog posts referring to me as a "gook" or a "chink" or a "filipina whore" for every 1 "raghead" controversy on the right.
All in all though, she is still scolding Coulter, and that's a good thing.
Update: Um, John had brought this to my attention in a previous post, but I forgot that at the same CPAC meeting Coulter also said
Iran is soliciting cartoons on the Holocaust. So far, only Ted Rall, Garry Trudeau, and The New York Times have made submissions.Malkin has made no denunciation of this completely slanderous, malicious, and false statement.