As right-wing columnist Michelle Malkin has gone even more fringe -- embracing white nationalist and anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories -- CNSNews.com has continued to publish her, a tacit endorsement of her extremism. That extremism has continued.
In her July 1 column, Malkin defended a Kansas State University student who made a sick joke about the death of George Floyd -- which she chortled was "edgy" and "snarky" -- proclaiming him to be an "unapologetic nationalist conservative student." CNS uncritically published it.
On July 22, Malkin ranted about "anarcho-tyranny," declaring: "The late conservative columnist Sam Francis first coined the term in 1992 to diagnose a condition of 'both anarchy (the failure of the state to enforce the laws) and, at the same time, tyranny — the enforcement of laws by the state for oppressive purposes.'"Malkin didnt tell you that Francis was also a virulent racist who edited the newsletter of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. CNS didn't inform its audience that Malkin was approvingly quoting a racist.
Malkin's July 29 column was a eulogy for Mike Adams, a right-wing college professor who died and was known for being a hateful, sleazy jerk and who liked to play victim when that jerkishness was called out. Malkin hid that history, of course, gushing that he "wrote prolifically and fought valiantly against the forces of political correctness and pure evil." CNS had no problem with that one either; commentary editor Rob Shimshock promoted it on his Twitter account as a "tribute" to a "happy warrior."
The same day that column came out, Right Wing Watch reported that used a Periscope broadcast to defend the thuggish Proud Boys, a violent far-right hate group, proclaiming them to be "young patriotic, brave, strong, proud men" who "deserve medals for trying to save this country when it was still salvageable." No comment on this from CNS yet.
WorldNetDaily continues to publish Malkin's column too, but her white nationalism and anti-vaxxer conspiracies are more on-brand for WND.By contrast, CNS likes to pretend it's in the mainstream of conservatism, even as it slides into creeping WND-zation.