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Ann Coulter on The O'Reilly Factor: "If All Muslims Would Boycott Airlines We Could Dispense With Airline Security Altogether"

Reported by Julie - March 26, 2010 -

On last night's (3/25/10) O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly hit it again, defending Ann Coulter against the "radical students" who "shut down" her speaking engagement at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. Claiming that "those kids were egged on" by university officials, who wrote a warning letter to Coulter in a preemptive strike against her usual brand of hate speech, O'Reilly introduced a very proud, pleased, beaming Ann Coulter, now in Calgary, to shrug in bewilderment at the atrocity committed upon her person in Canada. Hate speech? Moi? Whatever are you talking about? With video.

"Wherever you go you bring brightness and joy . . . ," O'Reilly chuckled, prompting Coulter to respond flirtatiously, "Yes, I do."

Coulter explained that she was nowhere near the building where the protesters were, and was, in fact, in another location with her bodyguard when she was informed that the speech was off. She claimed she didn't cancel the speech and had no idea what was going on, but, in fact, The Huffington Post reported that her bodyguard actually canceled the speech in response to the protesters. O'Reilly asked her whether she ever had a fear for her safety when she does these tours -- "when an official of a school puts out a statement like that, you know there's going to be trouble" -- to which Coulter responded, "No, but that's because I don't go to college campuses, nor does any conservative speaker go to a college campus without a bodyguard."

Unbelievably, given her history of showing little respect for anyone, particularly gays and Muslims . . . oh, and progressives, Coulter adopted victim status and opined, ". . . I have a very strong case with the Human Rights Commission here in Canada for the letter that was sent to me by that Provost at University of Ottawa informing me that I might be committing a hate speech crime before I'd ever set foot in the country. That was publicized to at last half a dozen people . . . ." Yes, as Huffington Post reported, ". . . a private letter to her that was mysteriously leaked to Coulter-friendly venues like the National Post, Canada's most conservative national newspaper and to newsmax.com, the website that bills itself somewhat wordily as 'the leading independent online news site with a conservative perspective.'" How many lies can Coulter tell -- and how many times will O'Reilly give her a pass while she tells them?

"By telling you not to incite, he incited . . . ." O'Reilly summarized supportively. Well, as they say, the past is the best predictor of the future -- and Coulter isn't exactly a 60's-type, peace-loving flower child.

Noting his interview the previous night with Canadian journalist Susan G. Cole, O'Reilly brought up Cole's mention of Coulter's comment that Muslims should be on a no-fly list.

"This is so old . . . I wasn't even talking about that . . . no, I don't think I've used that phrase . . . ," Coulter said evasively.

Grinning, O'Reilly asked, "But do you believe that all Muslims should be on a no-fly list?"

"No, I've never said that," Coulter replied, looking a bit uncertain.

"Good, then let's put it to bed," O'Reilly said briskly.

"I think they should be looked at," Coulter continued -- hopping back out of bed, ". . . But I do think they should be given an extra look . . . and I did write . . . if all Muslims would boycott airlines we could dispense with airline security altogether."

Gee, I can't imagine why the Canadian students didn't want her on campus.

Laughing, O'Reilly said that he offered her a way out "and you won't take it," prompting Coulter to say, "Indisputable points I just made."

O'Reilly then rolled a clip of an exchange between Coulter and a Muslim Canadian political science student on Monday night at the University of Western Ontario. As reported by the Huffington Post, the student asked Coulter about her "oft-quoted line about how Muslims should be forced to covert to Christianity after their countries were invaded and their leaders executed. Coulter had also proposed that Muslims be barred from commercial air travel. They could always use 'flying carpets,' she said.'" Roll the clip, go.

". . . Should I be converted to Christianity? Second of all, since I don't have a magic carpet, what other modes do you suggest . . . ?

[Crowd] "Answer the question."

"What mode of transportation? Take a camel."

Smiling brightly, Coulter said that the clip was "incredibly deceptive," and, once again claiming victim status, said that she had already complained to CNN about airing only a portion of the exchange. Coulter went on to call the questioner "snippy," complained that the hecklers started yelling at her, and insisted that her "take a camel" response was in response to the hecklers, not the questioner. Since the question posed by the student was "what other modes do you suggest" and the hecklers were simply telling Coulter to answer the question, it seems fairly clear who Coulter was responding to. Mighty disappointing -- imagine my shock to learn that it appeared Ms. Coulter was lying. Again.

"There was about ten minutes between the question and what I said . . . ," Coulter contended. Let's take a look. As the London Free Press reported on The Huffington Post, here's the actual exchange:

"As a 17-year-old student of this university, Muslim, should I be converted to Christianity? Second of all, since I don't have a magic carpet, what other modes do you suggest," Al-Dhaher said to loud and sustained applause. "I thought it was just American public schools that produced ignorant people," Coulter replied, prompting her own round of applause. Coulter then noted many Japanese were converted to Christianity after the Second World War and "we haven't heard a peep out of them." To shouts of "Answer the question," Coulter finally replied, "What mode of transportation? Take a camel." "Are you going to convert her now?" another student shouted out. "No, there are some people I'd just as soon not convert," Coulter retorted. Al-Dhaher, who left the session soon after, said she came to the speech because it's important to hear all sides of the political spectrum."

So, if Coulter's not, uh, dissembling, the following exchange -- between what aired at the beginning of the clip and her "take a camel" comment -- took "ten minutes: "I thought it was just American public schools that produced ignorant people," Coulter replied, prompting her own round of applause. Coulter then noted many Japanese were converted to Christianity after the Second World War and "we haven't heard a peep out of them."

Speak slowly like an old 45 at 33 speed or drawl it out like a southerner -- that's no ten minutes. Can we assume O'Reilly didn't watch the entire exchange before going on national cable television and allowing Coulter to apply her spin, or can it be that O'Reilly, too, was, well, dissembling?

"It's a wise guy comment . . . a wise guy comment like that is gonna be used by people who hate you to brand you as a hater . . . ," O'Reilly rationalized. (Okay, heads up, add one more excuse to the list -- last night Coulter's hate rhetoric was "jest," "exaggerating," and "hyperbole" . . . and now her newest hate speech is "wise guy comment.") While O'Reilly spoke, Coulter looked up and around as if envisioning imaginary butterflies.

"No no no no no, that's not what's going on here," Coulter said, apparently having formulated her newest spin. "What's going on here is what 60 Minutes used to do . . . until people like you came along Bill . . . interview someone for two hours and then use a 10-second quote . . . that's deceptive . . . I prefer to go with what I said." We do too -- which is exactly why I say, "You lie."

Coulter said that she has one more speaking engagement, in Calgary, then back to the U.S. to speak to a group who will welcome her hate speech -- the tea partiers. Oh joy -- Coulter back on U.S. soil.

"So you're okay in Calgary . . . Vegas should be okay, L.A. should be all right . . .," concluded O'Reilly.

Coulter will certainly be all right when she's back among the tea party-goers and Fox News, those who embrace her hate speech and justify it as "jest" and "hyperbole," those who cheer her on when she refers to men as "faggots," those, like O'Reilly, who grant all the free speech in the world to the likes of Ann Coulter but adopt a "sit down and shut up" approach to the likes of Janeane Garofalo or Sean Penn. For anyone to take Coulter seriously in claiming victim status, taking a "who me?" approach to accusations of hate-mongering, threatening to file, of all things, a human rights complaint (I can hardly say that with a straight face) and, while appearing on Fox, deriding CNN as being deceptive, takes a leap of the imagination that not many in the free world -- including, evidently, Canada -- are capable of.

It took a mere 200 protesters to shut Coulter down in Canada. Any volunteers here for her next speaking engagement?