Thursday, June 28, 2007

What Ann Coulter REALLY said...

You know, context is everything. So often we hear things that people have said and we think that they must be an idiot or something, but a lot of times it's because we don't hear the whole comment that someone said. Case in point is the Rodney King video. The MSM kept playing the video of him being beaten by the cops. What most people didn't see, was the first part where they kept telling him to lay down on the ground. And they never showed the part where he lunged at an officer which is when they went to town on him. So, most people only saw King getting beaten and not what happened before, making it appear that the LA police were beating up a poor defenseless black man.

Now, what happened the other night on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews with Ann Coulter and Elizabeth Edwards is almost the same thing. It's what we in the media call "ambushing" someone. Coulter was ambushed by Matthews and Edwards after her comments on GMA. I found the GMA clip and you can see what she said. Whether or not you like Coulter, the MSM has this nasty habit of setting people up to be ambushed. Ann can be a bit caustic at times, but she tells it like it is. How is it that Elizabeth Edwards had the phone number to call Matthews at the very moments when Coulter was on, yet didn't have another number for average viewers to call? And, why is Elizabeth Edwards calling in to try and have Coulter stop her "attacks"? Where is John Edwards? hiding behind her dress? And, the Edwards have been using the whole Coulter thing to try and raise money, which in itself has "fairness doctrine" written all over it, which is basically the Democrats way of trying to silence Talk Radio. The Democrats can't field a liberal on the radio with any sound ideas because liberalism doesn't have any!

So, I have here the transcript from Matthew show, courtesy of Rush Limbaugh, taken from the soundbites where Edwards calls in. Ann was unfazed and just rolled with it. Edwards accuses Coulter of bringing up the death of their son, Wade, yet the Edwards have been expoiting his death for years and there is all kinds of documentation about that. Somehow, it's okay for say, Bill Mahrer to lament that the vice president is not killed in a terrorist bombing and not a word is said, but let someone on the right, the very vocal Ann Coulter say anything about a Democrat and these people all of a sudden are offended! The hypocrisy is amazing. The Edwards have used their son's death and Elizabeth's health to further (or try at least) John Edwards political ambitions.

During the interview with Ann Coulter, Elizabeth Edwards called in to the show and it was set up with NBC that she would call in. Coulter was sandbagged. She was set up, didn't know it, but it didn't faze her. Chris Matthews says to Elizabeth after she called in, "Do you want to say something directly to the person who's with me?"

ELIZABETH EDWARDS: In the South, when someone does something that displeases us, we ask them politely to stop doing it. I'd like to ask Ann Coulter, too, if she wants to debate on issues, on positions, we certainly disagree with nearly everything she said on your show today, but it's quite another matter to -- for these personal attacks, the things that she has said over the years not just about John, but about other candidates, it lowers our -- our -- our political dialogue precisely at the time that we need to raise it. So I want to use the opportunity, which I don't get much because Ann and I don't hang out with the same people, to ask her politely to stop the personal attacks.

COULTER: Okay, so I made a joke, let's see, six months ago, and as you point out, they've been raising money off of it for six months.

COULTER: I didn't say anything about him actually either time.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS: Ann, you know -- you know that's not true, and once more, it's been going on for some time --

COULTER: And I don't mind you trying to raise money, it's better this than giving $50,000 speeches to the poor just to use my name on the web pages, but as for a debate with me, yeah, sure, we'll have a debate.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS: I'm asking you politely to stop -- stop personal attacks --

COULTER: How about you start raising money on the web page, then? No, you don't have to, because I don't mind.

ELIZABETH: It did not start with that. You had a column a number of years ago --

COULTER: Okay, the wife of a presidential candidate is calling in asking me to stop speaking? You're asking me to stop speaking? Stop writing your columns. Stop writing your books.

ELIZABETH: -- which made fun of the moment of Charlie Dean's death and suggested that my husband had a bumper sticker on the back of his car that said, "Ask me about my dead son."

COULTER: That's -- now -- three years ago.

ELIZABETH: -- dialogue. It debases political dialogue, it draws people away from the process.

So, the bottom line is this; it's okay for Democrats to say hurtful and mean things about Republicans, whether the President or wish the death of the Vice President, but once you have someone on the right hit back with anything, then all of a sudden, somehow it's terrible and they need to be muzzled. For what it's worth, Ann Coulter is not an elected public official, she is not running for political office. Much like Bill Maher, she is a commentator. Now Ann can be a bit caustic as I said, but she is entitled to her opinion. The Democrats think that they are the only ones who can say anything and that dissenting opinions are somehow wrong.

Ann Coulter on GMA 6/25
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