30 July 2002

It's All the Liberals' Fault

Sorry, I just gave away the ending to Ann Coulter's bestseller Slander, Liberal Lies About the American Right. Her new book has stirred it up, from the flocks of freepers to the fawning Fox News figureheads who proudly march behind their annointed conservative diva to the assaults from the apostles of the left. Basically, the way I read Coulter is that if you disagree with her, you are a hate filled liberal. William Safire is a liberal because he voted for Clinton, Warren Buffet is a liberal because he opposed Bush's tax cut, NE Republicans are liberal, anyone who is pro-choice is a liberal, etc. ... And if you are a liberal, it means:
  • You're hateful
  • You hate America
  • You hate Christians
  • You hate all religions except Islam
  • You're elitist
  • You're racist
  • You like criminals
  • You hate police
  • You have contempt for the middle class
  • You're a snob

Heck, that's only in the first two chapters. I'm not going to mention the inaccuracies and fabrications within this tarnished tome - others have already dissected the foibles. Bob Somerby of The Daily Howler has penned an entire series, following all of the footnotes and examining the credibility. He claims she's made up the Lexis-Nexis numbers and/or outright lied. Also, many examples of how she demonically twisted things out of context are unravelled. And the freepers are going ape over a two part piece by Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times on the errors and invective in her work. Roeper's first column was titled 'Ann Coulter, Meet the Truth Police'. Dismissing those charges (you can judge on your own merits) for the present time, one of my big issues with her ranting is that anybody can randomly select some vitriolic words and construe them to make whatever argument desired. Without context, words can be misunderstood. It's like that Simpsons episode where Homer goes on the Rock Bottom show, and they splice the video bits to make him appear guilty. Coulter is performing the same trick.
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