The Credibility Gap

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MalkinuglyYesterday, eternally-outraged Michelle Malkin wrote a long post entitled "Al Franken Is Cracking Up".  Her thesis was that Al Franken is "cracking up" because he took part in a silly skit in which he symbolically beats up a conservative (actually an Air America studiohand).  It was a silly skit and promotion gimmick for Franken’s new book "The Truth . . . with Jokes".

Michelle writes:

The real joke is that Franken’s staged assault inadvertently exposes and underscores the truth about the Bush-deranged Left. Over the past few years, we’ve seen frightfully Franken-esque intolerance, violence, and hatred spread from the moonbat fringes to the liberal mainstream to the top echelons of the Democrat party.

Intolerance?  Violence?  Hatred?  From liberals?  Is she fucking kidding?

Let’s start with violence.  I’m not aware of violence emanating from liberals.  And certainly not the docile "top echelons of the Democratic party".  We’re the anti-war crowd, Michelle.  Keep that in mind.  The violence you see, Michelle, is in your head.

And "intolerance".  Let’s see.  Who came into the public spotlight by writing a book suggesting that Arabs — even law-abiding ones — be placed in special "camps," just like we did with Japanese-Americans in WWII?  Oh, yeah.  It was you, Malkin.

Speaking of books (as well as intolerance), Michelle has a new book out called "Unhinged:  Exposing Liberals Gone Wild" in which she whines about the hate mail she gets after she attacks people with her lies.  It’s an unintentionally ironic book, whose subtitle should be "How I Can Dish It Out, But Can’t Take It".  Or maybe "Pot. Kettle. Black."

Anyway, Malkin doesn’t seem to have the pulse of the nation.  Malkin’s book was published October 24, 20o5; Franken’s book was published the following day.

Thanks to Tbogg, we can see exactly who of the two pundits is on the "moonbat fringe":

Franken’s The Truth

# Hardcover: 352 pages
# Publisher: Dutton Adult (October 25, 2005)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 0525949062
# Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
# Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds. (View shipping rates and policies)
# Average Customer Review: based on 119 reviews. (Write a review.)
# Sales Rank: #2 in Books

Malkin’s Unhinged

# Hardcover: 256 pages
# Publisher: Regnery Publishing (October 24, 2005)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 0895260301
# Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies
# Sales Rank: #2,394 in Books

And nobody had written in to review Michelle’s book (compared to 119 reviews for Franken’s book).

That was last night at 11:30 when Tbogg posted that.  This morning, Malkin’s book is ranked #3,460.

So Michelle, do yourself and the country a favor: shut up.