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Ann Coulter Responds to the Plagiarism Charges and Neil Cavuto Helps Her With the Spin

Reported by Melanie - July 12, 2006 -

Ann Coulter was a guest today (July 12, 2006) on Fox's "business news" program, Your World w/Cavuto. It was her fourth visit since June 8, which means she's appearing every 8.75 days. Cavuto must be "playing to his base." Wonder if his ratings are down.

Anyway, Cavuto asked Coulter about the plagiarism charges that have been leveled against her. The two had a sanitized, scripted "discussion" about the issue and in the end, as always, the issue was wrapped in a neat little package labeled: Liberals are to blame.

Cavuto:

I did tell you ahead of time I did want to talk to you about this plagiarism charge, that you're facing...

Coulter, interrupting:

No, I am not facing.

Cavuto:

Your column syndicate has since resolved it. Update me.

Coulter:

No serious person is taking it seriously...

Cavuto:

All right, so...

Coulter, interrupting:

You can't plagiarize the name 'George Bush.'

Cavuto:

That's what it came down to, right?

Coulter:

Correct. It's not 'Call me Ishmael.'

Cavuto:

OK...

Coulter, interrupting:

That's plagiarism.

Cavuto:

So you weren't stealing exact lines from authors?

Coulter:

And if I'm plagiarizing I want to know who's saying all those awful thing about the Jersey Girls. Liberals can't really get it straight. Either I'm writing vile horrible books or I'm not writing vile horrible books.

Cavuto:

But the syndicate of your columns did look into it exhaustively?

Coulter:

The syndicate, the publisher...

Cavuto, interrupting:

Everybody?

Coulter:

...[E]ven liberal lunatic Daily Kos says it's not plagiarism.

Cavuto:

All right. It was front page news when the charge came out. The...

Coulter, interrupting:

Retractions did not make front page news.

Cavuto:

Right. What do you make of that?

Coulter:

Oh, I don't know. Same old same old.

Cavuto:

Are you going to sue?

Coulter:

There isn't much they haven't accused me of. Ah, well, I was just saying, off camera, the problem is, I'm a public figure and they can say...

Cavuto, interrupting:

But you're a public figure. If this is right, if this is right, you're a public figure who has been maligned.

Coulter:

Right, but a public figure, you can pretty much say anything about. That is the libel law in America. I have, long before this...

Cavuto, interrupting:

Do you find that a touch ironic? You've blasted public figures all your life. They turn around and blast you and you can't do a lick about it.

Coulter:

I don't lie about them. I mean, we ought to have the same libel law, and I've always believed this, that Britain does and that is pure truth or falsity. Fine, put a cap on damages. Have a pure truth or falsity here but that is not what libel law is. You can say anything about a public figure.

Cavuto:

OK.

Comment: Due to outrage overload (a shout out to Paul Krugman for that phrase), I haven't followed the Coulter plagiarism charges very closely but I wanted to post this transcript anyway. What struck me were Cavuto's softball, puffball, leading questions. Then again, he IS the "managing editor of business news on the Fox News Channel." And it's no wonder. He's really, really, REALLY good at editing.