The Reno Gazette-Journal is getting mail asking it to replace columnist Michelle Malkin with a different conservative. It’s a reaction to Malkin’s Sept. 10 column.
In that column, Malkin—daughter of Filipino immigrants—belittles the anxiety experienced by immigrants as a result of Donald Trump’s actions against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“I, I, I. Me, me, me. My bills. My ego. My education. My job. My anxiety,” Malkin wrote. “Since when did DACA become the Depression and Anxiety Cure for Amnesty-seekers?”
Malkin then contrasts the needs of immigrants with those of more sympathetic groups—such as those “in uniform who’ve dedicated their lives to defending our nation” or “young people between 16-34 [who] were unemployed last year.”
In one letter published by the Gazette-Journal, Catherine Hancock of Reno wrote, “This newspaper needs to have a variety of opinions, but Michelle Malkin’s rant is an ugly exception, advocating expulsion of a whole group of young people who were brought here involuntarily by their parents. … Please do the responsible thing and find a more rational conservative columnist.”
In a letter to an RG-J editor, a former reporter at the newspaper wrote, “Please consider finding another conservative columnist. Our country is in big trouble as self-described Nazis, KKK, white supremacists, nationalists, etc. are fear mongering and ginning people up. It is very scary. I view Michelle Malkin’s columns as doing the same. We need thoughtful, calming influences.”
In most markets, the column ran with the headline it came with—“There Is No Such Thing As a ‘Deserving DREAMer’”—which was taken from the column’s last line. The RG-J ran a softer headline: “Malkin: The face of the entitled illegal alien.”