Earlier this week, NPR continued its longstanding tradition of offering hasty apologies to all seekers when the organization's ombudsman apologized to conservative vampiress Michelle Malkin. The "direct personal apology" was given to Malkin because the network felt that a comedy skit about her shouldn't have been aired while she was still agonizing over the disappearance of her cousin UW freshman Marizela Perez, who hasn't been seen since March 5. But should a pundit who's made her name as a vicious critic of anyone she disagrees with be spared the barbs of satire just because of a month-old family tragedy? Several readers think not.
One of those readers summed up the dynamic best.
Under the name "Malkin Is A Hypocrite," the reader wrote:
I hope Marizela is found safely, but seriously, Malkin has dished out her hateful sh*t for such a long time and with such arrogant impunity that she's completely lost the right to be treated with any measure of civility.
Malkin is a woman once described by fellow conservative blowhard Geraldo Rivera as "the most vile, hateful commentator I've ever met in my life."
She once posted MSNBC host Chris Matthews' phone number on her blog so her fans could harass him after he mopped the floor with her on his show, and she has extensive ties to a website that's considered a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
She's spent years lashing out at any any hint of liberalism on her blog and through her appearances on FOX News and elsewhere.
So the fact that Malkin thinks she's above being criticized politically or professionally because of her cousin's month-old disappearance is laughable.
The only thing funnier (or sadder) is that NPR thinks she's right.