But now she's up in arms over Moveon.org's anti-Petraeus ad in the New York Times.
Please God...deliver us from this nonsense. (Hmm...this never happened before. I just got an e-mail from God. It contained two words: Ignore her.)
Now whether you think the Petraeus ad was spot-on or treason or a mildly offensive and unpersuasive use of one's First Amendment rights (my view), hey, that's your deal. I much prefer living in a world where Moveon.org's ads show up in the Times much more to this theoretical world where they can't. (Whether they shouldn't, well...that's another story. Moveon.org's big offense here is their over-reliance on the slanderous techniques perfected by their right-wing opponents, not their anti-war views.)
But that's not why Michelle Malkin is an idiot. She actually thinks she's a journalist.
You know why? She uses too many adjectives.
Lesson 1 in the first class of the Pearce Writing Institute declares: "Don't use too many adjectives." To mangle a metaphor, adjectives are like salt in cooking. You need it, but not too much.
Verbs, though...verbs are meat.
Take this sentence from Malkin's screed:
They simply cannot, as a party, bring themselves to unequivocally condemn the shameless MoveOn.org slime ad published at a special, military-bashers discount rate by The New York Times.That one sentence has six adjectives alone! That last dash she has three of them all in a row, even needed a comma!
This is not journalism, folks. This is sensationalism. It's not even good writing.
The same information could have been conveyed without all the modifiers and it would have been up to the reader to decide how to feel about it. Is Moveon.org shameless? Was that a slime ad? Does the New York Times really have a special, discount rate for military bashers?
Michelle, honey, we get it. You're a paranoid, slightly evil fear-monger who can't even hide the deep-seated contempt in your shrill voice, and complete lack of wit.
(See? I can do it too, if only for effect. Only I cheated a little by including an adverb.)
PS. I love that Eisenhower pic, the whole "What if Moveon was around during WWII" idea. Man, that's just brilliant. Two war-time generals, regarded as great men by a lot of people, smeared!
Only problem is that Petraeus is no Eisenhower, and Iraq is not WWII.
A more apt metaphor would be, "What if Ike was running things in Iraq?" My guess is the war would be won, the fighting would be over, George W. Bush would be seen as the greatest president ever, and the new world order would be tilted gently in our favor.
He was long dead before I was born, but still...I like Ike. I wish there were more Republicans like him today.