Malkin fighting mad: Takes on NYT after defamatory hit job over Mar-a-Lago event

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Conservative columnist and author Michelle Malkin shredded liberal reporters and newspapers for a “defamatory hit piece” associating her with the organization ACT for America, which it labeled anti-Muslim.

The television commentator confronted reporters at the Miami Herald and The New York Times over their characterization of her and her “sister-in-arms” Brigitte Gabriel, who founded ACT for America, in a report on the cancellation of an event planned at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Malkin was slated to be the keynote speaker at ACT for America’s annual gala at Mar-a-Lago planned for November but the announced invitation to the event was removed from the website on Sunday.

“This event will absolutely not be taking place at Mar-a-Lago.” a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said in an email, according to The New York Times.

The Miami Herald called ACT for America an “Anti-Muslim extremist group” in its headline on the report of the event, and called out Malkin as a “controversial right-wing pundit.” Malkin tore into the reporters in a scathing tweet over the weekend, slamming them for not reaching out to her for a comment while quoting “terror-coddlers” at the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League have described ACT for America as one of the nation’s largest anti-Muslim groups. But the organization, which was founded in 2007 by Gabriel, a Lebanese-American author and activist, is the country’s “largest national security grassroots organization,” according to its website, which states that “we stand for the protection of the United States of America, and the Western values upon which our nation was built.”

Malkin slammed the SPLC as a “smear machine,” while also calling out the Miami Herald’s reporting.

She also defended Gabriel while targeting The New York Times, which called ACT for America an “anti-Muslim organization” in its headline and report.

Malkin noted in another tweet that Miami Herald’s Nicholas Nehemas confirmed that the SPLC was the “source for his hit piece” on her and Gabriel.

Nehemas tweeted out a message to Malkin, referring to an email and asking for a comment.

“The smear merchants of CAIR & SPLC have ruthlessly attacked patriots of all colors who expose the dangers of radical Islam and open borders,” Malkin responded.

“It’s become crystal clear that when someone wants to influence Donald Trump, all you have to do is rent rooms at his resorts or at his golf courses and do something that provides him with funds,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said, according to The Times. “This hate group got the message.”

“No individual, organization or public official should profit from bigotry,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement.

“We cautiously welcome the cancellation of Act for America’s hate event at Mar-a-Lago and urge other potential venues nationwide to consider the group’s history of Islamophobia and associations with white supremacist and racist organizations,” Awad said.

Meanwhile, Malkin blasted reporters, admonishing them to “do your job” in vetting sources like the “partisan hit groups.”

 

Frieda Powers

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