Jason C. Diederich
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."