Malkin boasted to the audience: “I’ve been openly engaging the other side in debate.”
She went on: “Their approach has been to censor me. As if the other side hasn’t had equal time already!
“What are they afraid of?”
I was there taking notes. Begging the question of how having someone to provide factual counter to her afactual nonsense constituted censorship, I thought it would be interesting to see just how openly Malkin in fact was willing to engage the other side in debate.
So I approached her during the signing that followed her talk, introduced myself, and asked her if she’d be willing to be interviewed by phone sometime in the next few weeks.
She said yes, and gave me her e-mail address.
A little while later, I wrote her at that address and asked how and when we could set up the interview.
She responded by asking me to just submit the questions in writing by e-mail.
I wrote back and said that, as a journalist, she should know that wasn’t acceptable. An e-mail exchange is not an interview, and should never be considered an acceptable substitute. (This is so for a variety of reasons, including the fact that there is simply no assurance for the reporter that the person responding in the e-mail is in fact the interview subject.)
I received no answer for several weeks. After waiting what seemed like a civil period, I wrote her again last week and asked if we could set up the phone interview. Still no response.
So on Thursday, I sent her a final request, and warned her I’d take the matter public if I didn’t hear back.
She responded this time:
Despite knowing that you have expressed extremely hostile views of me on your blog, I politely agreed to schedule an interview with you after you came to my book-signing in Puyallup. As I wrote to you in my Sept. 23 e-mail, I wanted to do the interview with you via e-mail. You chose not to send me your questions. End of conversation. End of story.
This is the clown these folks are praising for her ‘courage.’ She doesn’t debate, she doesn’t do interviews.
She flings feces. No wonder she has a gig at FOX.
*** Update ***
Is Malkin’s support waning? On her previous Frost screeds, 74 and 53 trackbacks, most of which approved. On her response to Ezra/Unabomber manifesto, only 22 (obviously this could change), and most of them mocking her. Her core blog support appears to have dwindled to Captain Ed (who really doesn’t even mention it), Wake Up America, Jimmie at the Sundries Shack, and Dan Riehl.
This is important, because Michelle and those like her have a vested financial interest in getting a lot of attention. Obsidian Wings has a piece up on Malkin and Coulter worth perusing, but the nut of it is that Michelle has figured that outrage sells. She isn’t pushing principled positions- she is pushing crazy, and she is pushing it because it has proven to be a lucrative gravy train.