Friday, 29 September 2006
Just how low won't they go? (Last update 2006.09.30.00:27)
Contributed by Bill Faith

The first four items below were originally posted in slightly different order as part of Bill's Bites -- 2006.09.29.

Wonkette smears Michelle again
Allahpundit

I make this mistake when I do “head transfer” photoshops, too. You’d be surprised how hard it is to judge the size and how even minor adjustments to it can make the new image look absurd. Whoever was responsible for the fake Michelle bikini shot shrunk the ’shopped-in head a bit to reflect the fact that the woman in the picture is leaning backward, such that her upper extremities should appear slightly smaller than the rest of the body. But he/she overdid it, and so you’re left with that Reuters-worthy abortion.

There are two ways we could play this, I guess. One: call a libel lawyer, point them to Alex Pareene’s earlier post about Michelle and ping-pong balls, and see if we can’t fashion a little “actual malice” from the pattern here. Or two: fire with fire. It’d be a shame to have to go that route, but this nonsense has to stop.

I promise you this, though. If it does come to that, the shocking! new! photos! we “discover” and circulate will be a lot more convincing than that amateur-hour crap currently running on Gawker Inc.

Here’s the column Michelle wrote about Charlotte Church that inspired all this, ...

Malkin Derangement Syndrome
Michelle Malkin

I have blogged before about the obsessed UNC professor Eric Muller.

He
and his friends at Wonkette have sunk to a new low (Guess insulting me with ping-pong ball jokes wasn't enough). As a response to my column this week on Charlotte Church, they post a picture of a woman in a bikini that they claim is me (I wish I looked that good in a bikini): ...

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The idiots are so blinded by hate they can't see a two-bit Photoshop from some hater's bogus Flickr site? And they couldn't bother to ask me before attempting to embarrass me and calling me a slut?

You embarrass yourselves.

Rather than demand that they take their lying lies down, I am asking that they leave their smears up for all the world to see.

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I am also filing a complaint with UNC School of Law Professor Muller's employer. Here's the dean's contact information. This has gone too far. ...

Michelle gets fauxtoshopped
Bryan Preston

Yes, I’ve seen the photo the boss has up over a MM.com. I saw it for the first time a few months ago when some loving, tolerant leftwinger emailed it to us here. It took me about 2.5 seconds to determine that whoever is in that photo, it’s not Michelle. Having worked with graphics for a number of years now, I have an eye for fakery, and that is as fake as an Adnan Haj classic. She and I talked about it a day or two after the loving, tolerant lefty emailed it to us and got a laugh out of it.

Well, a certain professor turned stalker and a conglomeration of guttersnipe blogs have tried today to pass that fauxtoshop off as the real thing. You’d think someone over in Nick Denton’s cesspool might have a decent eye for photo fakery, but apparently this one was just too good to check. So they’re running with it.

And while it’s one thing to get taken in by a hoax, as they all clearly have been, it’s another thing entirely to run with that hoax and turn it into a libel that is all your very own. That magnifies the offense quite a bit, at least to me. ...

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The Incredible Lamery At Wonkette
Ed Morrissey

It's almost too pathetic to post a response, but the Wonkette benchwarmers really have no clue about weblogs, photoshops, or criticism -- and their latest attack on Michelle Malkin exposes them as wanna-bes. Michelle penned a cultural critique about the potential effect of trashy chic on young girls, as exemplified by Bratz dolls and the recent restyling of Charlotte Church. Rather than actually responding with any intellectual criticism, Wonkette instead posted a picture that supposedly depicts Michelle in a bikini in 1992 -- as if that has anything to do with her critique of Charlotte Church.

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Now, I've met Michelle Malkin and spent time at her house. In fact, I've seen her standing next to a fridge a couple of times, and I can tell you that Michelle is significantly shorter than the woman in this photograph. ...

The Gawker smear machine
Michelle Malkin

I have had a nice afternoon with my family. I was not going to post on the lying hate-mongers again, but they will not stop. If they think I am going to shut up about their continued deranged smear job, think again.

I sent this e-mail to the Wonkette editors at 8:13am Eastern:

From: Michelle Malkin

Mailed-By: gmail.com
Reply-To: writemalkin@gmail.com
To: tips@wonkette.com
Date: Sep 29, 2006 8:13 AM
Subject: It's a photoshop, you idiots

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006012.htm

Hours after my post noting that the photo was fake was published, Wonkette's sister site, Gawker , went ahead and published this: ...

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Cool facts about Wonkette guest editor Ken Layne
Allahpundit

Happening at Ace’s. Feel free to participate, but please: make sure your contributions are obviously false.

Because when you post things that are false without making clear they’re false, that’s called “libel.”

For example, ...

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How Low Can Liberals Sink?
John Hinderaker

It's hard to say. Right now, it's like a limbo contest in which they're already underground. The latest is an absurd photoshop job of Michelle Malkin ostensibly wearing a bikini in a "Girls Gone Wild" pose. Several problems, though: 1) Michelle's head is obviously too small for the attached body; 2) anyone who has spent 30 seconds with Michelle would know that the large, beefy body to which her head has been crudely photoshopped is not hers; and 3) Michelle is much, much better looking than this: ...

Contributed by Bill Faith on September 29, 2006 at 04:41 PM in Bill Faith, Dem Dumbness, Peacenik Stupidity | Permalink

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