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Michelle Malkin and UCSC SAW

I first read the story on Michelle's page. The Students Against the War group at UC Santa Cruz ran off military recruiters during a job fair on campus. Clearly this is a case of an abuse of free speech, as the students used their right to abridge the rights of the recruiters and the students who wished to talk to them. In her story, Michelle published the contact information of the SAW organizers which she obtained from their press release, available at multiple sites across the internet. Folks used that information to contact the student organizers, and some went over the line, threatening and harrassing them. Then supporters of SAW started threatening and harrassing Michelle. Now some of the left side of the blogosphere are saying that what Michelle did by publishing the contact information was unethical.

Here's a brief part of what Kevin at Lean Left has to say:
This is a despicable, loathsome thing to do. Malkin deliberately set out to harass people for the “crime” of protesting military recruiters. She didn’t attack their ideas, or debate their conclusions, or engage them in anything resembling an honest fashion...She set out to intimidate the students and make their lives miserable...


Here's what I find as odd; the SAW at UCSC were engaged in exactly the same kinds of activity when they protested the recruiters!

Now Kevin characterizes the protest as "peaceful;" I guess he missed the past history of SAW campus protests, which included slashing the tires on recruiters' cars, rock throwing, and intimidation and harassment of students wanting to talk to the recruiters last year; and the fact that this year, the protesters tried to break through the police lines while a group of students were talking to the recruiters. Maybe because nobody got hurt this time (One school employee was injured last year) that's all it takes for Kevin to consider it a "non-violent protest." But I'll bet any amount of money you want to put up that if a pro-life group set up outside an abortion clinic and engaged in the exact same tactics used by SAW, Kevin would stand squarely in favor of prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.

To paraphrase Kevin, SAW deliberately set out to intimidate the recruiters, and any student who wanted to talk to them. They set out to harass them for the crime of wanting to serve their country. Doesn't this activity also warrent the labels of 'despicable' and 'loathsome'?

Reading Michelle's piece further, including the updates, I found out that A) not one of the students whose contact information was given out has contacted Michelle in any way to ask that she take down the information, and B) that the information she posted could be found on several other websites. To argue that the information was somehow meant to be private is ludicrous at that point. To take a lesson from another current kerfluffle, we've been told by many on the left that because Bill Hobbs put the cartoon up, he's accountable, even if he didn't publicize it, and even if he took it down later.

Shouldn't the same standard of accountability apply to these protestors?
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If anyone is still interested, I have a PDF copy of the original April 7 press release that SAW published.

God Bless Google cache.
Posted by LissaKay  on  04/19  at  06:24 PM

<a href="http://malkinwatch.blogsome.com/2006/04/18/fatwa-fatwa-fatwa/" rel="nofollow">Malkin stupidly </a>included her personal details in a mailing sent out her own e-mail list and that's how it went public. Decency? She launched her personal information about herself BY herself.

And the anti-racist <a href="http://www.onepeoplesproject.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=172&Itemid=27" rel="nofollow">One People's Project</a> website promptly released her new details.

Someone took it a step further and used live.windows.com and yahoo maps to do a <a href="http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/9471/malkin9bc.gif" rel="nofollow">Graphic.</a>

Payback's a bitch eh' Malkin?

Her refusal to remove these kids contact information was not from conviction, but from revenue. Every journalist in the world knows that contact information on a press release is for journalists to call for more information or interviews, not to be published (or even pointed out) in the publication itself. If she were any kind of ethical person she would have pulled the information when asked.
If she were something resembling a human being with "feelings", she would not have republished the information once the students themselves removed it. Michelle is a vicious, vindictive, venomous egoist with no discernible ethics nor even a shred of human decency. If she wants to be The Minority Woman Who Believes Minorities and Women Suck, that's her right. But she should at least have the integrity to acknowledge that she has done wrong and to stop compounding the wrong. And she should not give us that disingenuous crap about how she doesn't condone death threats and nobody should misuse her posting and reposting of personal information.
Posted by themole  on  04/20  at  10:44 AM

Hey mole,

Address the following two points.

1. According to Michelle, to date, not one of the three has contacted her to remove the information from her website.

2. The information she published was also published in several other spots on the web both before and after the Michelle wrote her peice. <a href="http://oreaddaily.blogspot.com/2006/04/military-recruiters-more-things-change.html" rel="nofollow">One of the sites</a> Michelle linked to is still displaying the information as of 9:57PM EDT 4/20. Do you hold the same contempt for those sites as you do for her? After all, even though they are all lefty sites, they took the same information from the same press release and posted it on the Internet, and at least one of them has not removed it.
Posted by rich  on  04/20  at  10:07 PM

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