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Maybe there’s a small glimmer of hope for the Left Coast after all. First, San Francisco voters recalled George Soros-funded district attorney and crime-enabler Chesa Boudin. Now, even liberal Oregonians have kicked an East Coast media elitist to the curb and slapped “return to sender” on the carefully crafted package of Nicholas Kristof’s self-serving phony baloney.

Last October, the 63-year-old Kristof left his prestigious perch at The New York Times after nearly four decades to run for governor in the Beaver State, where he lived on a Yamhill farm from age 12 through high school graduation, a long, long, time ago. By February, his four-month fantasy stint as a Pacific Northwest political savior had come to a humiliating end when both state officials and the Supreme Court called bull on his preposterous claim of state residency. Last week, New York Nicky and the Times announced he was leaving Yamhill (or as I call it, Shamhill) and going back home — his real home — safely enveloped in the Grey Lady’s bubble, protected from truth and accountability.

(I had this guy’s number back in 2009, when I exposed how Kristof deceived readers about an Oregon cavernous hemangioma patient named John Brodniak and falsely claimed that he wasn’t insured or being treated in order to transform him into a poster child for Obamacare — when, in fact, he was on Medicaid and had been under the care of top neurologists at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland for nearly a month before Kristof published his propaganda in The New York Times. More recently, Kristof’s sloppy promotion of fake sex-trafficking victims and violent water-carrying for Portland rioters was flagged by Ann Coulter. Fellow Fishwrap of Record prize-winning fabulist Walter Duranty would be proud.)

No matter how hard Kristof’s high-priced campaign lawyers tried, they couldn’t cover the stench of their privileged client’s woke manure. In Lefty-Land, men can identify as women, women can identify as furries, and hate crime hoaxers can identify as victims until the cows come home. But in the real world, even in liberal Oregon, you can’t identify as a state resident unless you actually are one — no matter how much you sincerely or insincerely “consider” yourself one in your bleeding heart or calculating mind.


Naturally, Kristof’s smarty-pants attorneys invoked the “racism” card to try to delegitimize the state constitutional prohibition on non-residents running for state office. But you simply can’t run for governor in Oregon if you haven’t been a resident for three years. Kristof was required to have lived in the state since November 2019. But he left Oregon for the hallowed halls of Harvard and Oxford before joining The New York Times in 1984. Kristof voted in New York in 2020, maintained his primary home and work addresses in New York, did not have an Oregon driver’s license, and only began spending time publicly at a family farm in Yamhill County when he was drumming up picture-perfect campaign buzz from his press cronies (while studiously avoiding the few journalists asking hard questions).

The entire Kristof family posed as apple cider and pinot noir entrepreneurs to boost their delicate-handed patriarch’s “family farmer” image. But one truth-seeking outlet, the Oregon Capital Chronicle, reported that paperwork for Kristof Farms LLC listed Kristof’s wife, fellow former NYT journalist Sheryl WuDunn, as the sole member of the company — and that the firm appeared to have no state records of any employees.

“For 20 years living, working, raising his kids, holding a driver’s license, filing taxes and voting as a New York resident until a year ago just doesn’t pass the smell test,” Oregon’s Secretary of State Shemia Fagan put it bluntly.

Digging in his clown-shoe heels, Kristof lambasted the “failing political establishment” for exposing his fake candidacy. But for all his bloviating about how much he considered Yamhill County his home, Kristof confessed to Politico that he didn’t even know who the mayor of Yamhill County was. She, however, certainly knew him and what he was up to:

“There’s a sense here that we’re being used,” Yamhill Mayor Yvette Potter, told Politico. “He’s using us to achieve a personal goal.”

Indeed. Kristof raked in \$2.5 million within two months of announcing his candidacy last fall. Among his top out-of-state donors: Melinda French Gates, Angelina Jolie, former Facebook bigwig Sheryl Sandberg’s fiance, and former Goldman Sachs vice president David Cohen. Kristof’s wife (who snagged a plum position with the Oregon Public Broadcasting board of directors after hubby’s campaign train was derailed) will now oversee nearly \$1 million in unspent campaign funds funneled into a new political action committee called “Oregon Strong.”

Oh, and while wifey returns to New York, Kristof will hang out in Shamhill a little while longer to maintain the appearance of being a good ol’ Oregon farm boy — and to finish his next book, a “journalistic memoir” soon to be hailed by The New York Times and to top the New York Times bestselling book list for far longer than he was a consultant-manufactured gubernatorial candidate.

Chalk up the whole Kristof clown adventure as yet another noble public-service sacrifice on behalf of the downtrodden and voiceless. Get woke, never go broke.

Michelle Malkin’s email address is [email protected]

• Category: Ideology • Tags: American Media, Nicholas Kristof, Poverty 
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  1. I read the big-wig names who put money into this sham campaign, but I wonder if there’s not someone more sinister behind their being a candidacy to begin with. Could it be SATAN , errr, SOROS?!

    As for

    … and that the firm appeared to have no state records of any employees.

    Even if this firm had 50 actual employees tending grape vines and apple orchards, they’d be illegal aliens anyway. State records? We don’t need no steeenking State records, Senora!

  2. EXTRA- Read All About It!

    Why did Mrs. Malkin sit on this bombshell when Mr. Kristof began his campaign last October? And while it was going on? And even when it failed … in … February? (Per the Search engine, she hadn’t written “Kristof” since 2013.)

    I guess we’ll have to wait another week to see what she thinks about Uncle Sam dispatching Speaker Pelosi to save Taiwan from the Commies. Unless she gets around to Ukraine.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Celeste
    , @Pcj
  3. Thanks, Michelle.
    Kristof is generally regarded as an iSteve content generator, so congratulations to you for beating Mr Sailer to the punch.

  4. The liberal MSM, like Karl Rove, says “we create our own reality.” Kristof should have brought in a quantum physicist to testify that in an alternate timeline he has always been a farmer in Oregon and never worked for the New York Times.

    • Replies: @Face_The_Truth
  5. Thanks Michelle for exposing the phonies. Too bad we don’t have a responsible free press that would be searching for the truth and calling out the liars! Instead they support the liars by sins of commission and omission.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  6. Celeste says:
    @Greta Handel

    Maybe Mrs. Malkin was busy fighting the commie goons in Colorado, her home state. Why does it matter if she sat on it. What’s your point? Oregonians are responsible to fight their own battles.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  7. @Celeste

    What’s your point?

    That Mrs. Malkin’s an unrepentant neoconservative warmonger who, for instance, openly called for the death of Gaddafi, but now focuses on domestic politics and wedge issues to hold on to what’s left of her audience. (She hasn’t said a word all year about Uncle Sam’s warmongering in Ukraine or Taiwan.) These distractions effectively protect and serve the people running an empire from Washington to the country’s detriment.

    Other examples can be found in her Archive.

  8. Pcj says:
    @Greta Handel

    Greta Handel – Good God, why do you come here? I can’t imagine you it find enjoyable, but your always here commenting on a new article.

    The over the top hatred you have for Malkin is bizarre when you combine it with the attention you give her. I feel the same way about Joy Behar – Not only does she yank my chain and hit all my buttons, but on top of that i find that she is Less informed, divisive and Unsophisticated and I feel stupider for having listen to her, But I don’t go out of my way to watch her. If I need to get a progressive point of view, I go less odious pundant.

    This all seems kind of personal. Did she pick on you as a child or something?

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  9. @Pcj

    You’re apparently new here.

    Mrs. Malkin was unknown to me prior to her arrival at The Unz Review. I believe that — and want others to consider whether — her work has been generally shallow and patronizing, and in a few instances intellectually dishonest. She’s functionally part of the full spectrum of Establishment propaganda. In their various ways, so (at least occasionally) are Buchanan, Derbyshire, Engelhardt, Mercer, Napolitano, Sailer, Weissberg, and the endless parade of VDaredevils who keep Americans distracted, divided & conquered; I post critical comments under their columns here, too.

    Feel free to refute anything I say.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  10. @Greta Handel

    Feel free to refute anything I say.

    OK, here’s one: Mrs. Malkin’s column has only appeared on here for just over 2 years. Likely embarrassingly for Ron Unz, she came on right at the peak of the stupid Kung Flu PanicFest, and she came on squarely on the side of non-hysterical Americans.

    Anyway, whatever neo-connery that Michelle Malkin has written, it would have been LONG before this period. Did you come on here and then read a bunch of very old archives? (Mr. Unz is great about sucking those onto his site.) If so, why bother to bring it up? I think PCJ is right that this is something personal. Also, contrary to what you wrote, I haven’t seen you hounding any of the other bloggers/columnists like this in any way.

    You’ve got a bug up your ass about something Mrs. Malkin must have done or written to piss you off. Get rid of it. Forgive. We’re on the same side here.

  11. @Achmed E. Newman

    That’s not refutation, it’s rationalization (as to Ms. Malkin) and diversion (as to me).

    she came on right at the peak of the stupid Kung Flu PanicFest, and she came on squarely on the side of non-hysterical Americans.

    I disagree. Two her earliest columns upon arrival included crooked smears of China, softening up Americans for Uncle Sam’s warmongering in Asia. (Derbyshire and Mercer were doing the same thing.) I’ve cited them already, and you can go read them yourself.

    That’s what made me curious about her history. I searched names like “Assange,” “Bolton,” and “Gaddafi” and quickly found some remarkably neocon stuff, and little or nothing in support of dissidents.

    Also, contrary to what you wrote, I haven’t seen you hounding any of the other bloggers/columnists like this in any way.

    Then you haven’t looked. Just press my handle at the top of this comment to open the entire archive, or use the Search tool that allows you to filter by author, select comments only, and my handle.

  12. @Achmed E. Newman

    Get rid of it. Forgive. We’re on the same side here.

    No, we’re not — at least yet. Here’s what I told Liberty Mike under Mrs. Malkin’s “GLSEN’s Groomers in Plain Sight” (April 12, 2022):

    Forgive her? Not sure that’s for you to ask, and I know that it’s not mine to grant.

    But if Mrs. Malkin wanted to wash the blood of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya off her hands, she would have been trying to prevent what’s happened in Ukraine. Instead, she warms up Moral Majority and other hot button social issues.

    That Mr. Unz has apparently forgiven her is all that matters anyway, isn’t it? She’s here as a regular columnist and we hear only occasionally from a McAdams or Stockman about the next big war for peace & democracy.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  13. @Kevin Barrett

    Nicholas Kristof of the NYTimes and FaceBook founder Mark Zuckerface are dwellers of a virtual realm called Meta-Universe!

    Based on prolific ideas generated by FaceBook founder Mark Zuckerface, there is no difference between man and woman, lies and truths, light and darkness, common-sense and non-sense, war and peace, etc.

  14. @Greta Handel

    Greta, are you forgetting 90% of my April 14, 2022 post?

    My query anent forgiving Ms. Malkin was a conditional interrogative sentence:

    “If she does so, unequivocally, will you forgive her?”

    The antecedent clause referred to 5 rhetorical questions I posed, including, for example,

    “[w]ould I like to see Michelle unequivocally acknowledge that she was wrong to support regime change in IRAQ?” “[O]f course.”

    “[w]ould I like to see Michelle condemn military idolatry?” “[O]f course.”

    Of course, she has not renounced any of her erstwhile shilling for statism. It says here that she should do so and immediately, if not sooner.

    Like you, I have taken note that she has taken the time to castigate the Chicoms but has penned nary a word about Zio-boy Zelensky and American and NATO provocations of Russia.

    Like you, I cannot excuse her refusal to condemn the present-day war mongering and neo-cohenizing upon the basis that she is doing good work exposing domestic abominations.

    I have never been particularly fond of her; in fact, I loathed her at one time, and for a long time, because she was thoroughly Hannitized and was such a big cheerleader for the WOT.

    In my view, however, she is not controlled opposition because she is just not that influential.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  15. @Liberty Mike

    Greta, are you forgetting 90% of my April 14, 2022 post?

    No, sir. That other 90% of it summarized well some of Mrs. Malkin’s views that both of us disagree with.

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