Ever since I have begun intense work on my dissertation, I have not had the time to check all the blogs I normally do, so I try to first scan those sites, e.g., Memeorandum, Instapundit, the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential, Yahoo! and AOL’s main page, which are a ready source of information and opinion. To that mix, I usually add Michelle Malkin, not merely for her Buzzworthy Sidebar, but also because I know I can rely on that blogress to check her facts.
When a number of conservative bloggers (including some at this site) were quick to jump on an alleged hate crime committed against a Pennsylvania woman volunteering for the McCain campaign in 2008, Michelle threw cold water on our rush to judgment, contending that the “story smells awfully weird“. She was right to be skeptical as the story proved, just as that blogress had suspected, to be a hoax.
When some blogs reported that when “Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign fundraising chief, Allee Bautsch, and her boyfriend in the French Quarter of New Orleans” were assaulted in New Orleans because they were wearing Palin pins, Malkin offered a “cautionary note“. She was right to express caution, as we learned soon after the story surfaced that “Bautsch and her boyfriend were NOT wearing Palin pins.”
While the two people were assaulted, the “the detail about the Palin buttons,” was as Allahpundit points out, “simply wrong“.
I don’t always agree with Michelle Malkin and can find her rhetoric a bit overheated at times, but her blog remains an excellent source of information and her commitment to fact-checking a textbook example in how to blog. And in this busy time for me, combined with the other sources listed above, she helps us learn what’s going on in the world while offering a unique conservative perspective, with clever visuals and witty asides.