Is it possible there is a bottom to the depths of rightwing hackery? Probably not, but there is a rumor going around that Michelle Malkin, the conservative pundit most likely to skin puppies to make a fur coat, has been fired as the occasional guest host for the Bill O’Reilly comedy hour on Fox News because of her vicious attack on 12-year-old Graeme Frost and his family.
Graeme and his sister were seriously injured in a car accident in 2004, after which SCHIP, the children’s health insurance program Pres. Bush has vetoed, covered the costs of their extensive hospital stays and rehab. On Sept. 29, Graeme gave the Democrats’ rebuttal to Pres. Bush’s radio speech in which he sought to justify vetoing SCHIP, and Malkin, along with Rush Limbaugh and their running dogs at sites like Free Republic and Redstate — and even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office and the Bush White House, no less — have been trying to silence and discredit the kid ever since.
Conservative bloggers even went so far as to publish the Frost family’s address online and, to no one’s surprise, the Frosts have been receiving death threats ever since.
The Malkin controversy arose just as the dust was settling after Bill O’Reilly’s racist comments about African-American restaurant-goers, and may have been too much for Fox executives and, more to the point, FNC advertisers.
If the rumor is true, Malkin’s cover story for her departure has it that she is leaving in a fit of pique because an apology she received from Fox correspondent Geraldo Rivera on an unrelated matter was not sincere enough:
Proving that crazy people have feelings, too, rightwing termagant Michelle Malkin has ended her association with The O’Reilly Factor after receiving an insufficiently heartfelt apology from Geraldo Rivera.
Rivera, who disagrees with Malkin over immigration policy — which is to say he doesn’t favor reinforcing the border with a river of lava and broken glass — had told the Boston Globe that he would spit on her if he could.
Calling Rivera’s apology “a complete farce,” Malkin said, “I made the decision to quit appearing on the O’Reilly show in response to the poor handling of the Geraldo Rivera matter.” Inside Cable News has her email.
(See video at the same link of Geraldo’s apology so you can decide for yourself whether it was sincere.)
Here’s the email from Malkin that was conveniently leaked to the public:
From: “Michelle Malkin”
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 23:04:58 -0400
Subject: Re: Michelle no longer on the Factor?
I made the decision to quit appearing on the O’Reilly show in response to the poor handling of the Geraldo Rivera matter (the staged “apology” on The Factor was a complete farce). I won’t go into details, but please know that your support means a lot to me. You can catch me on other Fox News shows and read my daily blog posts and weekly columns at MichelleMalkin.com.
And here is the rumor: A commenter at HuffPo, BryanFromPalpatine, added this delicious morsel of unsubstantiated gossip about Fox’s firing Malkin, whose maiden name is Maglalang:
A little birdie at NewsCorp tells me that this e-mail is a “beard” for the actual reason: more than a couple of the mucky-mucks at NewsCorp are a bit less than thrilled about the tales of Michelle [Malkin] Maglalang not only propagating the harassment of the Frost family but actually stalking them — and how quickly they spread from the dirty f$#@ing hippie side of the Intertubes to corpo… pardon, me, mainstream media.
Look for Ms. Maglalang’s total presence on FOX News to be further curtailed
Of course, if there is sufficient gloating on the left about Malkin’s fall from grace, Fox News chair Roger Ailes will probably give her a primetime show.