Four M’s

Media Matters versus Michelle Malkin:
I read several news blogs regularly, most of them conservatively-oriented.  I peruse Media Matters for America  because of its outstated liberal bias ("Support our fight against conservative misinformation"); I always try to get both sides of an issue, and I figure that there might be something worthwhile that the conservative bloggers at National Review Online and The Weekly Standard might miss.  Generally, I am underwhelmed with their honesty in reporting.
The latest article to "grace" their pages, however, was horrid enough to warrant special attention.  On Thursday and Friday of this week (12-13 April, 2007), Michelle Malkin sat in on Fox New's "The O'Reilly Factor" in place of Bill O'Reilly.  The headline for their article on the interview reads, "Malkin to Fox New guest: "Oh, geez.  Here we go with the 'blame whitey' again".  Media Matters goes on to present both video and a transcript of the interview to support their position that Michelle Malkin was on some sort of anti-black tirade.
I saw the entire interview.  There are whole segments missing in which the interviewee (Opio Sokoni), among other things, directly attributes the foul language in hip-hop music to George Washington.  Entirely glossed over by Media Matters is the fact that Sokoni spent most of his time ascribing every evil in society to the racism of white people–in itself a racist idea.
The only thing that Media Matters got right with Michelle Malkin was electing NOT to cover her next interview, in which the leader of the "New Black Panthers" called her a prostitute–because she disagreed with him, and he is a defender of women!
Media Matters, of course, posts a whole lists links to Fox News and other organizations to protest Michelle Malkins' demeanor; everywhere, of course, except Malkins' own blog,  where you can find some of the comments that Media Matters edited out.
Personally, I applaud not only Michelle's position on these issues, but her uplifting combination of backbone and decorum when dealing with people who would silence her under the pretense of "political correctness."

Jason C. Diederich

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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