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O'Reilly Promotes Coulter's Book While Polishing His Own Image

Reported by Deborah - June 9, 2006

O'Reilly managed to promote Ann Coulter and her book this week without tarnishing his sterling position as the great "culture warrior". He made it clear to his viewers repeatedly all week that he certainly doesn't approve of Coulter's nasty comments but has been sure to keep her front and center anyway. Last night he wrapped up his Coulter-thon with an interview with David Horowitz who claimed Coulter is a "national treasure". 6/8/06

Coulter even got some promotion on O'Reilly's radio show where he claimed she was forced to defend her comments about the 9/11 widows. O'Reilly played an audio clip of Coulter claiming that people on the street agree with her. Coulter defended herself with

"The only people who seem to be upset about it are the talking heads and the liberals ... people have really had it with these victims."

O'Reilly was sure to inform viewers at the start of the Horowitz segment that Coulters book had already risen to #1 on Amazon. After Horowitz called her a " national treasure" he explained that she was a satirist which excuses her outrageous and vicious rhetoric. When O'Reilly brought up Al Franken in comparison, Horowitz claimed that Coulter is funnier and smarter than Franken.

O'Reilly had no argument with Horowitz' praise for Coulter and made it clear that his objections were limited to one comment and actually praised her honesty.

"The thing I thought that was beyond the pale was saying that the widows enjoyed their husband's demise. I don't like her tactics, but Franken lies and Coulter doesn't."

comment: Looks like Coulter owes her friend Bill for helping her get to #1 on Amazon. In fact, everyone on FOX did their bit for Coulter this week. In reality, BOR agrees with everything Coulter has spouted this week but doesn't have the guts to come out and say it directly.

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