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Fraudulent Ann Coulter The Latest Recipient of Republican Rehab On FOX News

Reported by Ellen - June 8, 2006

As if two segments to promote her new book Tuesday night (6/6/06) weren’t enough, Hannity & Colmes gave 9/11 widow-basher and suspected felon Ann Coulter another eight minutes of publicity as their top story last night (6/7/06). But last night, the tough questions from Alan Colmes were eliminated as Coulter appeared with Sean Hannity, only, before a large, sympathetic crowd at a book store. The whole thing smacked of a PR stunt.

In last night’s episode of “Let’s Make Coulter Look Like A Legitimate Pundit,” Coulter was full of theatrical indignation at the backlash over her poisonous comments in her latest book. Considering all the media attention she’s received, her outrage was probably as authentic as the apparently phony address she used to register for voting in Florida and for which she is now under investigation. Her eyes were so heavy with makeup, one wondered if the intent was to hide her sometimes glassy eyes. (See her “boombox” comments during a 12/05 appearance on H&C when she was so out of it, she could barely talk).

Last night’s discussion began with a clip of Coulter from the previous night, defending her poisonous remarks about the 9/11 widows: “These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much." In the clip, Coulter was wearing her customary tight sweater with a plunge neckline and her ostentatiously large Christian cross.

Like almost everything Coulter says, her statements about the 9/11 widows seemed designed to shock and grab attention for herself. Now that she’s gotten it, she’s complaining about being treated unfairly.

Coulter pretended that her comments were “responses” to the political speech of the Jersey Girls (9/11 widows who have spoken out against Bush’s policies) along with Cindy Sheehan and Joseph Wilson. . “(Liberals) immunize the message by choosing a messenger with tragedy. I’ve had it with all this great pain and hurt (said with sarcasm) my book has caused them.” Coulter said. Always her own biggest fan, Coulter bragged about having “broken the taboo.”

As my colleague Marie Therese noted last night, Hannity seems to be distancing himself a bit from Coulter. “Did that take it out of the arena and go to the personal?” Hannity asked.

“The truth cannot be delivered with novocaine… (Liberals) immunize the message by choosing a messenger with tragedy. I’ve had it with all this great pain and hurt (said with sarcasm) my book has caused them.”

Then “truthful” Ann Coulter told a pack of lies. The only reason (Joe Wilson) has any knowledge of which he claimed (the middle-aged Coulter started talking like a Valley Girl while she did a little shimmy for the camera) to have insider knowledge was because his wife worked at the CIA. So to immunize his attack on the president by saying you can’t mention his wife works at the CIA – If that was so dangerous, which it wasn’t, (the Valley Girl talk returned) – she wasn’t undercover. If it were, how about not writing an Op-Ed for the New York Times attacking the president? Don’t keep putting up messengers we’re not allowed to respond to.”

Comment: See the timeline from Factcheck.org, which outlines Wilson’s extensive career at the State Dept in Africa and Iraq, along with the requests from the CIA that a criminal investigation be opened into the disclosure of Valerie Plame’s status.

Hannity invited Coulter to “debate any of these women or all of these women tomorrow night if they want to come.”

Comment: I don’t think Ann Coulter merits a “debate,” but a confrontation. I hope that if anyone shows up tomorrow they confront her on her own frauds – the invective disguised as analysis, the voter fraud, the Christian fraud, etc. While they’re at it, asking about her drug use and her reputation for sleeping around might be worth bringing up, too.

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