Crappy PhotoShop UPDATE: Guess Who Loves My Graphic?Michelle, How Could You?
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I had almost forgotten about this, but reading about Dan's little brouhaha with Michelle Malkin reminded me that it wasn't the first time Michelle had, for lack of a better term, ripped someone off. By the way, I also just noticed . . . I never offered proof of how Michelle borrowed my graphic without credit: click here.
I already mentioned how Brian Maloney of The Radio Equalizer has accented his post on August 6 with my horrible little PhotoShop parody of Al Franken's book.
He's used it three more times since then. In that first link, he paired the image side-by-side with a snippet from a Mark Steyn column in the Chicago Sun-Times:
Whether it was just a coincidence, or whether he wanted to create the monstrous pun "Franken/Steyn," I can't say. Either way, it's about as close as I'm ever going to get to Mark Steyn without violating the restraining order.
It's also showed up at the RonaldReagan.com Message Boards.
But the real coup de grâce came when Michelle Malkin, who's helped Maloney push the story along, decided to preface her post on August 10 at 1:49 PM with my silly little graphic. She didn't ask for permission; that's cool — not like it's copyrighted or anything. However, she also didn't credit or link back to me. This is not cool. Maloney does it every time he posts the image, and I thank him for the modest traffic I've recieved from Radio Equalizer readers in return. Even though my website address appears at the bottom of the image, a link by Michelle would have made it so much easier for her readers to find my website. Without a link, they just pass right on by. My Sitemeter official traffic referrals from michellemalkin.com: 0.
I sent Michelle an e-mail about it yesterday. If it weren't for the eagle-eyed and smokin'-hot BlondeChampagne sending me an e-mail about it, I'd never have noticed it at all, since by the time my Internet was fixed, the post had scrolled off Michelle's front page.
I'm a huge fan of Michelle's, have been for years. This is honestly the first time I can say she's disappointed me.
Edited 9/14 12:15 AM to add the RWV welcome and explanation.