Malkin: Slighted 9/11 'opportunists' tried to attack the media
Fox News appears to be somewhat disappointed by the absence of violent, or at least disruptive, protests at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
"We'd heard that there were going to be anarchists here, the streets were going to be clogged with protests," Fox's Steve Doocy complained on Wednesday. With a note of disappointment in his voice that belied his words, he added, "It's turned out -- thankfully -- to have been a dud."
When Fox sent conservative columnist Michelle Malkin on Monday to cover an attempt by protesters to levitate the Denver Mint -- apparently in an ironic tribute to the 1967 attempt by anti-war marchers to levitate the Pentagon -- she herself turned out to be the main attraction.
As Malkin described the event at her own blog, "The protest was an abysmal failure — with a crowd of about 20 profit-bashing protesters far out-numbered by press, bloggers, police, horses, and looky-loos. I was able to work unimpeded covering the pathetic showing…until the Truthers showed up for their YouTube moment. Desperate to salvage the fizzled demonstration, 9/11 nutball Alex Jones started barking at me and attempting to make a scene and incite a riot."
"These are people who think the government killed Americans and it was a big conspiracy," Malkin explained to Fox's Steve Doocy. "This guy's a fringe talk show host, and he showed up at what was supposed to be a peaceful event. ... It turned ugly."
"Michelle Malkin calls for putting Americans in camps," yells Jones in a brief clip shown by Fox. "She's right over there."
The full video of Jones confronting Malkin is available at YouTube. In it, Jones tells her, "It looks like that evil is starting to get to your soul." He then continues to yell at her and the Fox cameramen as Malkin flinches away.
Malkin explained to Doocy that "for the most part, Recreate 68 has been a dismal failure. ... This particular event, which I was there to cover as a blogger, turned out to be a failure, and so opportunists seized the day and tried to make news out of it by attacking the media."
This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast August 27, 2008.