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BoingBoing vs. conservatives; Update: BoingBoing responds

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 4, 2007 10:42 AM

I used to be a reader and fan of BoingBoing, the left-leaning tech/gadget/sci-fi blog. I’ve linked BoingBoing several times over the years, and found common cause on issues involving Internet censorship and foreign governments. See here , here, and here . BoingBoing’s Xeni Jardin also linked my work on the Mohammed Cartoon controversy. I even listed BoingBoing as a “hangout” on the HotAir blogroll.

No more.

The site’s co-founder, Mark Frauenfelder, doesn’t want conservatives on his site. Yesterday, he mocked a Young America’s Foundation poster of conservative authors/figures (including yours truly) and joked about hanging us:

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First, he quoted the promotional blurb about the poster from the YAF site, which begins, “Hang the leaders of the Conservative Movement on the wall in your office, home, or dorm!”

Frauenfelder’s comment: “They had me with the first seven words of their pitch.”

A few commenters took Frauenfelder’s cue:

“Oh boy. Do they sell bundles with dart sets, too?”

I don’t see the problem with hanging them. They back hanging other people, like, especially, teh blacks, and teh mentally subnormal. And they aren’t too picky about proof, standards, etc. I think their dispatch would reduce the chances, overall, of miscarriages of justice ending in the chair.”

Maybe Frauenfelder thinks he’s being cute with his Coulter-esque jibe. Sure makes for great nutroots pandering material. But it seems like a dumb way to operate a business. Why go out of your way to alienate tech-savvy conservative readers who enjoy keeping up with the latest tech innovations and who care just as passionately as liberals about intellectual property and Internet free speech issues?

Why?

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Frauenfelder responds via e-mail:

Dear Michelle,

Of course I don’t think anyone should be hanged for their political views. I was making fun of the advertising copy.

(For what it’s worth I would have written the same had the poster shown the members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans.)

Best regards — Mark

I’m so sure.

By the way, as of this hour, Frauenfelder has not bothered to take on any of the commenters who ran with his hanging joke.

And he still didn’t answer my question.

Here’s another comment in his thread:

Just think: they were all in the same room at once for this photo.

What an opportunity.

I’m sure the commenter would have said the same about Democrats, too.

So sure.

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In case you want to get one of the YAF posters that has stirred up BoingBoing’s hate, go here.

And speaking of the Danish cartoon controversy, see the latest from Danish newspaper editor Flemming Rose at PJM, who learned yesterday that he was the target of a planned terrorist attack:

”How does it feel?”

It wasn’t the unforgettable line from Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’ That’s not what the reporter had in mind. No, she wanted to know what it feels like to be a potential target of a terrorist attack.

”It hasn’t changed my life, and won’t, because that is exactly what they want. They want to intimidate and threaten,” I told her.

Yesterday one of the four defendants in a terror case in Odense, Denmark’s third largest city, revealed in court that in the summer of 2006 a fellow conspirator had suggested building a remote-controlled car bomb and driving it into my private home in order to kill me.

The reason: the publication of 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in my newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

”It was a bit of a joke, and we laughed a little, though I know that it wasn’t a laughing matter,” the defendant said.

Joke or no joke, the defendant acknowledged that in fact two men from the cell had a bit earlier detonated a bomb in a soccer field using a cell phone as the remote control. The purpose of this activity was to excercise their ”craft.”

The defendant is a 34-year-old Danish born Muslim who converted to Islam. He has provided the police with a lot of compromising information about the other three members of the cell. The convert told the police that AK, a 22 year old man born in Iraq, travelled to his home country in 2005 to become a suicide terrorist. The young man insists that he went to shoot a documentary.

”He told me that he had shot a goodbye video in the mosque,” the convert explained in court.

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