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Wednesday, April 05, 2006
What A Maroon!

Michelle Malkin linked to this post questioning the times of her blog posts.

At 7:16 a.m., she posted that she was "back from vacation."

Sizeable posts followed at 8:00 a.m., 8:46 a.m., 9:31 a.m., 10:16 a.m., 10:52 a.m. (a short one), 11:25 a.m., 11:37 a.m., 12:37 p.m., 2:09 p.m. (subsequently updated), 4:06 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:01 p.m., 8:19 p.m., 10:36 p.m. (subsequently updated), 5:49 a.m., 6:05 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 8:25 a.m. (subsequently updated), and then 12:31 p.m..

In that last message, Malkin explains that she is in Minneapolis, where she'll be giving a speech at 12:00 noon. Controlling for the one-hour time difference between the East Coast and Minnesota, I infer that she posted this update a startling 29 minutes before her noontime speech.

One wonders: when did she drive (or get driven) to the airport, fly at least three hours (if non-stop) to Minnesota, and then drive (or get driven) to her Minneapolis destination? And is there a red-eye from the DC area to Minneapolis?

Well, let's see, it looks to me like she drove to the airport between 6:05 AM and 8:00 AM, did a couple posts while waiting to board the plane, then flew to Minneapolis. I'm sure it's startling to the professor that somebody could compose a post a mere 29 minutes before giving a speech.

Confronted with this, he doubles down:

But don't they make you turn it off on the airplane? Where in the last 36 hours are the 3 or more hours of airplane travel? They couldn't have been between 8:25 a.m. and 12:31 p.m., because you updated the 8:25 post sometime after 8:25 and before 12:31. And you can't fly from Washington to Minneapolis between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Somebody's occasionally posting for you, Michelle, and maybe even occasionally writing for you too. Why maintain the false "Insomniac-Techno-Superwoman" schtick? Why not just admit that you have a co-blogger, and share the credit?

Yes, of course, she could not possibly have flown between 8:25 and 12:31, because she also updated one post in that same time frame (he assumes). Writers in the comments section point out that the flight is 2 hours and 45 minutes; that leaves her plenty of time to post an update or two. He acknowledges this in an update and apologizes for the error, but then compounds the mistake by insisting that he was just following up on what others have suggested.

Other reactions:

Sacramento Republicrat: I will admit that while I may not agree with Michelle 100% of the time (probably in the 90's), she certainly does not deserve this kind of attack.

Political Pitbull: Without getting into the substance of Muller's post--or more appropriately, the lack thereof--liberal bloggers rightly deserve credit for uncovering gross inpropriety in the case of Ben Domenech. But, as the saying goes, one rotten apple does not a spoiled bunch make. A word of advice to liberal bloggers: don't let the victory go to your heads.

Tech in Black: Well, have fun boys. She may look innocent and nice but I do not doubt Malkin could roundhouse you and then crosscheck you in the same sentence.
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