Another Reason to Wonder if Michelle Malkin Is All That Smart

The guest blogger Allahpundit is guest blogging form Michelle and points out that today is the anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death. Allahpundit says,

Michelle’s Schiavo archive runs to eleven pages on Google, but for me it’s this short post that resonates the most.

The link to another post by Michelle points to this article by economist Steven Landsburg. In that article Prof. Landsburg writes the following,

Now, Michael Schiavo, it seems to me, is in something very like the bluenose position here. If he had a use for his wife’s body—if he wanted to cook it up for dinner, let’s say—then I’d have more sympathy for him. (On the other hand, I don’t think we should make a habit of letting people cook their spouses up for dinner, because it creates very bad incentives with regard to keeping your spouse safe and healthy.)

Which is precisely what Michelle Malkin also quotes, but under the heading “Dehumainizing Terri” and also with the implication that it is tasteless. On that last part, the quote by itself is tasteless, but there is a tiny weenie problem for Michelle Malkin (aside from the fact that Michelle is missing the gallows humor here): Landsburg ultimately comes down on her side of the issue. At the end of the article Landsburg writes the following,

You could argue in response that Michael Schiavo has signaled an equally strong desire to bury her (by turning down an offer of $1 million and by some reports $10 million), but I see an essential difference between the two desires. One—the desire to feed—is like the desire to read Saletan or, more precisely, the desire to read some other writer in whom I personally see no merit. The other—the desire to prevent others from feeding—is like the desire to censor, and I recoil from censorship even when a strict cost-benefit analysis recommends it.

Earlier in the article Landsburg had noted that as a libertarian he would recoil at the notion of banning the reading of author he does not like. In short, he thought that siding the parents wishes would have been better for everybody involved since Michael Shiavo’s interests were to essentially “throw away” Terri, and Terri’s wishes were no longer relevant since she was no longer concious. So while it might have been useful to point to Prof. Landsburg’s gallows humor and feign outrage and disgust, perhaps Michelle would have better served to read the damned article to end and find out that Landsburg is on her side (and the same goes for Allahpundit…next time read the damn article all the way through and engage brain).

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Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended graduate school at The George Washington University, leaving school shortly before staring work on his dissertation when his first child was born. He works in the energy industry and prior to that worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Division of Price Index and Number Research. He joined the staff at OTB in November 2004.


  1. Elmo says:

    Far too complex for this simpleton blogger, but needling Allah is a brave act indeed. He always was my favorite blogger, making it look utterly effortless. And the laughs he gave to the world during the opening days of the war, beyond measure in value. In my book, no one will ever rank above Whittle, Den Beste, or Allah. Ever.

    More difficult for me however, is the entirety of Pajamas Media. Its effect on the blogosphere in general, and its effect on individual bloggers. Allah’s been a regular over at Ace’s for some time now, but I could not in good conscience keep Ace on my blogroll after he hoisted the PJ flag. Being that Allah was a vocal critic, of Pajamas Media critics, beforehand.

    I’ll always love him. Good for him for finally getting to the big league plate. But you Sir are a braver man than I 🙂

  2. Steve Verdon says:

    Why am I being brave, I’m merely pointing out that he shot off his keyboard before engaging his brain. The facts are on my side, not his nor Michelle’s. They blew it.

  3. Elmo says:

    I was being a tad lighthearted (see requisite smiley face inclusion). Thinking of the Jim Croce lyric: you don’t tug on Superman’s cape. As well being reminded of Den Beste having to face a steady stream of ‘gotchas,’ back in the day. And was even reminded of some current blogosphere dialog along the lines of: will the blogosphere eat itself?

    So, I wasn’t knocking you for knocking them [I don’t read Michelle (for a few reasons)]. And was actually gratefull for your post, pointing out that Allah was hanging out there for a couple of days. Hog (on Ice) gets a kick out of goofing with Allah for comedic effect. Just something I personally wouldn’t do.

    What were we talking about again?

  4. Steve Verdon says:

    Beats me. 🙂