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Ann Coulter's Latest Fox News “Expertise:” Terrorism

Reported by Ellen - May 22, 2009 -

A few months ago, when Fox News trotted out two-time voter fraud suspect Ann Coulter as an economic expert, after previously presenting her as a pundit on global warming and (my personal favorite) tasteful remarks, I wondered whether we'd soon see her as an expert on national security. Yes, indeedy, we would. On last night's (5/21/09) Hannity, Coulter, who has no discernible military experience nor training in the field of national security, terrorism or interrogations, announced – without bothering to offer any evidence – that she doesn't believe Guantanamo Bay has served as a recruiting tool for terrorists. Host Sean Hannity did not question her assertion nor did he feel the need to cite any real experts. In fact, real experts have found otherwise.

Complaining about Obama and other Democrats who have said that terrorists have used Guantanamo Bay as a recruiting tool, Coulter pronounced, “I think it's preposterous. And (Democrats) certainly have no evidence for it. It just gets said over and over and over again: 'It's a recruiting tool for terrorists. It's a recruiting tool for terrorists.' I don't think so. I don't think most terrorists are going to want to end up in Guantánamo, lovely though the accommodations are.”

As Media Matters has reported, "In fact, military and FBI interrogators have stated that terrorists have successfully used the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as a recruiting device, and at least two reports have reached the same conclusion."

Furthermore, John McCain – a bona fide expert in the field – appeared on the next Fox News program, On The Record, where he said, “Torture certainly is” a recruitment tool. He went on to recount a personal experience where he learned that Abu Ghraib was a recruitment tool. “End of argument,” he said. He went on to explain how there are better, more effective techniques.

I don't expect any kind of retraction on Hannity.

So what's Coulter's next field of "expertise" on Fox? Voter integrity? I would not be surprised.