Malkin forced to move
While I I'm tempted to write Malkin off as a clueless drama queen, I do realize how truly frightening this can be.
In the easy and anonymous world of cyberspace communication, angry partisans on both sides of the anti-war movement can volley threatening barbs at the click of a button. UC Santa Cruz students and conservative pundits alike have seen such messages filing up their in-boxes in the wake of last week's campus protest.
After nationally syndicated columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin posted the e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three members of Students Against War, they received a flood of obscene and harassing messages from around the country, including death threats. When a liberal Web site, in retaliation, published Malkin's cell phone number and home address, a full-blown blog war ensued.
"I am now forced to remove one of my children from school and move my family," Malkin wrote Thursday in an e-mail to the Sentinel.
"I woke up in the morning and my cell had 14 new messages, 25 missed calls and it kept going on," said SAW member David Zlutnick, estimating the group's three media contacts have already sifted through 500 e-mails, more than 100 with death threats.
When students called Malkin to request she remove the student information, Malkin reposted the names and numbers several more times. She defended the decision, blaming SAW for posting a link to the news release on its Web site.
To Zlutnick, the retaliation Malkin got was simply "a taste of her own medicine."
"But to put all our energy into a cyber war with this crazy right-wing lady takes away from our larger mission to end the war," he said.
Which is why it was one of the first rules of conduct online, predating the web.Do notdisclose personal information online.
Why? Because there are some truly sick, desperate people.
Now, because she decided to be petulant, she is now spending thousands of dollars, if she's moving. All because she did something every sane person knows is wrong and harmful, not just to others, but yourself. One day of bad judgment forces her to uproot her kids
and sell her home.
No matter how much you dislike her, that's a pretty hefty penalty to pay, if she's serious. The people who dug up her info are no better than she is. If they think they did something heroic, they should be under no illusions about that. They are as sad and pathetic as she is.
posted by Steve @ 2:49:00 AM