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Two-Time Voter Fraud Suspect Coulter Knocks Olbermann “Fraud,” FOX & Friends Overlook Her Hypocrisy And Falsehoods

Reported by Ellen - March 8, 2009 -

Ann “Boombox” Coulter, currently under a second investigation for voter fraud, was on FOX & Friends Saturday (3/7/09), accusing Keith Olbermann of fraud for saying he graduated from Cornell University. According to a recent Coulter column, Olbermann did not attend the “Ivy League” Cornell (as she did), the School of Arts and Sciences, and therefore his diploma, from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is not from the “real” Cornell. Had the Friends bothered to fact check Coulter's claims, they would have learned that her statistics were wrong about the supposed discrepancy in admissions rates between the two. They also overlooked her mischaracterization of the Bush Justice Department scandal as well as the hypocrisy of a two-time voter fraud suspect making dubious accusations of fraud against someone else. Once again, the otherwise voter-fraud obsessed FOX News, turned a blind eye to those accusations against one of their own. Updated with new statistics. With video.

About halfway through the video below, the male host (never identified in the clip and unfamiliar to me) erroneously said, in reference to Coulter's column, “We know now about (Olbermann's) college career that he apparently lied about that and he didn't actually go to Cornell after all, or he didn't get a degree or a diploma.”

Wrong. Olbermann did go to Cornell and he did get a diploma, as Coulter, herself, corrected. The “issue” is that he didn't go to the “Ivy League Cornell.”

Coulter said, "Someone (meaning Olbermann) with that much status anxiety, you know you don't want to keep them up ALL night for the rest of their lives worrying about, 'Am I a fraud, am I a fraud, am I a fraud?' But he is a fraud and I think this was liberating to him.

The host chuckled appreciatively at Coulter.

But, the fraud is Coulter's (in addition to the voter fraud thing). In her column, she states that “the real Cornell” has an acceptance rate of 1 in 6 applicants while Olbermann's school, “an affiliated state college at Cornell” has an acceptance rate of 1 of every 1.

A quick check of Cornell's own figures indicates otherwise. For 2008, the School of Arts' acceptance rate is about 18% (a bit higher than 1 in 6) while the Ag College acceptance rate is about 22%. As Olbermann noted in a rebuttal to Coulter, the acceptance rates for both schools are about 1 in 5. Significantly, both schools are listed on Cornell's webpage showing its acceptance rates, lending credence to Olbermann's claim that all the schools are considered part of Cornell and that, therefore, he's a Cornell graduate. So did his Cornell University diploma he held up for the camera.

In her hyperactive chatter, Coulter also complained of Olbermann knocking the law school where former Bush Justice Department attorney Monica Goodling graduated, Regent Law, at Regent University. But about half of Goodling's graduating class flunked the bar exam the first time. U.S. News & World Report ranks it as a Tier 4, its lowest rating.

What Coulter didn't mention is that the interest in Goodling's credentials arose out of a concern that the Bush Justice Department was offering top positions to unqualified candidates, based on their ideology. The question of whether the Justice Department was making hiring and firing decisions based on ideology was the heart of the US Attorney scandal in which Goodling was a key figure.

But Coulter identified Goodling as someone caught “in some little scandal” in the Bush administration. In reality, the scandal about the politicization of the Justice Department was no small matter. It played a role in the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Congress is still investigating the matter. It's serious enough that Karl Rove, who had previously ignored Congressional subpoenas to testify about his role, recently agreed to provide written testimony.

Goodling's role in the news was another falsehood uncorrected by the FOX & Friends hosts.

UPDATE: I have found some more historic figures for Cornell acceptance rates, more applicable to when Olbermann graduated (1979) and probably Coulter, too, though her column cites current rates. In 1980, the admissions rate for Olbermann's school was about 32% (or approximately one in three). For Coulter's school, it was approximately 32% also.