Who knew? Both Donald Trump and Ann Coulter have the precisely the same identical problem: Neither of them ever say anything wrong and everything the media says about them is a lie.
To continue this propagandistic point she has been making for months, in her latest column (“How the Media Work”) Coulter lies – and lies wholeheartedly – about an incident from 2007. Not only does she lie about the underlying details but also about the factually-correct reporting of the event.
Coulter wrote: “This isn’t taking something ‘out of context’ – it’s a lie. Try quoting the full sentence!”
OK, I will.
Coulter recalls a Good Morning America appearance (6/25/07) in which she said (full quote, emphasis added):
“Oh yeah. I wouldn’t insult gays by comparing them to John Edwards. Now, that would be mean. But about the same time, you know, Bill Maher was not joking and saying he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack. So I’ve learned my lesson. If I’m gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”
Coulter’s next words: “I’m not a rhetorician, but I believe this would be called a ‘syllogism,’ or ‘deductive reasoning.’” (Thanks for the patina of journalistic professionalism, Ann.)
Coulter continued: “Or maybe it’s just sarcasm about the media’s rank hypocrisy.”
The truth differs dramatically from Coulter’s imagined fantasy.
The media naturally and accurately reported that Coulter called for John Edwards assassination by a terrorist. According to Coulter, “Hundreds of news outlets repeated this lie.” Except, it wasn’t a lie!
Yet, Coulter calls this a lie, claiming her words were “taken out of context.”
What was the context? What made it a “’syllogism,’ or ‘deductive reasoning?’” Or “sarcasm?”
The context was Coulter comparing what she was saying about Edwards to her own false version of what Maher said about Cheney. The media largely ignored the Maher portion of her full quote because it was a lie. Maher never said what Coulter claimed Maher said.
Here’s what Maher said: “I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”
Here’s what Coulter said, “I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”
One is propositional, the other hypothetical. One is an expressed desire, the other a stated opinion.
Yet Coulter has the temerity to write:
“Ironically, the media’s rewrite pretty forcefully proved my point about the gigantic double standard for liberals and conservatives: In order to prove I was a monster, the media put a liberal’s words in my mouth – the exact same words they hadn’t minded when a liberal said them.”
Except the words were Coulter’s, not Maher’s. Coulter out her own words into a liberal’s mouth.
Remember, Maher never said what Coulter claimed he said. So why would the media deliberately perpetuate a lie created by Coulter?
Maybe Coulter really is a “monster,” to use her own vernacular.
When queried by Fox News about those comments, “radio talk show host Rob Thompson” described Coulter as “intellectual chewing gum … a lady in a dress who likes to spit out things that cause a little bit of unrest, and she’ll go away for a while. She’ll crawl back in her hole and we’ll hear from her in about six months.”
Coulter’s larger point and broader claim that both she and Trump have been victimized by media lies is balderdash. (Coulter has been crying victim for twenty years!)
The truth of what they say and do is far more effective than any lie could be.