Just Another Homeless Wannabe
CNN covers Henrietta Hughes — the newly homeless woman who told President Obama that she needed help at a town hall Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla. — and it makes sense because it’s a compelling little human interest story. What makes less sense is this detour halfway through the report.
Blogger Michelle Malkin, in a story on the conservative Web site TownHall.com on Wednesday, said that if Hughes “had more time, she probably would have remembered to ask Obama to fill up her gas tank, too.”
“The soul-fixer dutifully asked her name, gave her a hug and ordered his staff to meet with her. Supporters cried, ‘Amen!’ and ‘Yes!’ ” she added.
One reader questioned Hughes’ motives and asked how the homeless woman got to the rally at all.
“How does a 61-year-old homeless woman who’s living in a pickup truck with her son JUST HAPPEN to get a ticket so she can VERY PUBLICALLY ask Prez. Obama for a HOUSE? Anyone? Who pushes her up on stage? She’s right at the front of the crowd. Did she just happen to get a seat there?” asked reader Erik E.
Malkin’s got pull in the conservative blogosphere, but it might have been worth mentioning that the last time she doubted a human interest story that reflected poorly on Republicans, it ended with her botching facts and snooping outside a Maryland family’s home to “confirm” them. (She was slightly more credulous about Joe the Plumber.) Why cite her on this? She doesn’t know what she’s talking about.