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Ann Coulter, Christian, Part 237

Is über-Christian Ann Coulter, author of Godless and Demonic, a (in her own words) “fake Christian?”

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One could be forgiven for reaching that conclusion.

Perhaps Coulter’s tweets can shed some light. Her first and only Christmas tweet in 2016 proclaimed not the gospel but her political views on immigration: “My Christmas card: 7-Eleven Men’s Room Door, Bonner Springs, Kansas, today …” (Build the Wall).

Though she left Christ out of Christmas, what about Easter? Her 2016 Easter sunrise tweet – “Happy Easter! Thanks for eternal life, Jesus! And God bless this sweet Muslim martyred in Your name” – linked to a feature on a Muslim martyr.

While praising Jesus for salvation, Ann was joyful over a moderate Muslim who was martyred for seeking unity between people of different faiths. Asad Shah, a “devout Muslim,” never knew Jesus and was not saved. Jubilation?

In this year’s iteration of her (almost) annual Kwanzaa column (virtually identical to her 2013 version), Coulter concluded with these words (all caps): “MERRY CHRISTMAS, FELLOW CHRISTIANS!”

It is through the Prince of peace that mankind can experience true peace. Yet Coulter prefers political salvation for America and wishes a “Merry Christmas” to her “fellow Christians.”

Actually, the Christmas season is a spectacular time to introduce the Savior of the world to those in the world who do not yet know Him. Wishing non-Christians a “Merry Christmas” with a heart of love can, at the very least, point them toward Jesus. Moreover, it offers us an opportunity to share our faith with non-believers.

Christmas is all about the gospel of Christ, whose birth has been celebrated for two millennia. Favorite traditional Christmas songs (Joy to the World, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, etc.) celebrate the incarnation of the Messiah into our world, our lives, and our hearts.

The most well-known Bible verse, John 3:16, encapsulates the gospel message: “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Our Father’s gift of Christmas was followed by His gift on the cross.

Jesus entered our world, not to see a “devout Muslim” martyred for saying “Merry Christmas” or to promote an anti-immigration agenda, but, rather, to save mankind from itself, and, in the process, break down barriers and bring reconciliation.

Reconciliation is the very last thing Coulter wants. Coulter began 2005 reveling to a reporter, “Oh, it was so much fun this year, because saying ‘Merry Christmas’ is like saying ‘Fuck you!’”

The Christmas spirit still eludes Coulter.

Ann Coulter’s Plagiarism – Godless

Ann Coulter’s Plagiarism – Godless

[See Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter for a more detailed examination of Ann Coulter’s history of plagiarism. – DB]

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Plagiarism Redux

Ann Coulter unquestionably plagiarized in her first book, High Crime and Misdemeanors. Coulter’s fifth book, Godless, also plagiarized the work of others, as extensively unearthed by numerous bloggers.

Allegations of plagiarism in Godless arose on the heels of Coulter’s “ecstatic widows” controversy. The New York Post broke the story in early July.[1] Philip Recchia reported:

John Barrie, the creator of a leading plagiarism-recognition system, claimed he found at least three instances of what he calls “textbook plagiarism” in the leggy blond pundit’s “Godless: the Church of Liberalism” after he ran the book’s text through the company’s digital iThenticate program. …

Barrie, CEO of iParadigms, told The Post that one 25-word passage from the “Godless” chapter titled “The Holiest Sacrament: Abortion” appears to have been lifted nearly word for word from Planned Parenthood literature published at least 18 months before Coulter’s 281-page book was released. … [other examples cited]

Instances of plagiarism appear throughout Godless.[2] One lengthy sentence on page five apparently came from a 1999 Portland Press-Herald article.[3] Language on page 37 appears to have been derived from a Parents Television Council report in 2002.[4] One sentence on page 95 came from a 2004 Planned Parenthood pamphlet.[5] Another lengthy sentence on page 209 was lifted from a San Francisco Chronicle article in 2005.[6]

On page 55, “Coulter employs language similar to a December, 2004 article written by Gregory D. Kesich for the Portland Press Herald[7] on convicted killer Dennis Dechaine, but offers no citations for her summation of the case.”[8]

On page 63, “Coulter employs language similar to that in a February, 2005 article published in the New York Sun,[9] written by David Salisbury, the Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, as well as numbers used in the Sun, without citing any source at all.”[10]

Several sentences and phrases on pages 66-67 were taken from an “October 27, 1988 press conference with Republican Senate candidate Alan Keyes and Cliff Barnes.”[11] Coulter “presents the exact same information in the exact same order as Barnes did back in 1988, including many directly quoted phrases, without citing anywhere the source for the information. As if it just appeared out of thin air. No footnotes. No mention in the text.”

On page 162, “Coulter apparently lifted language, along with the entire premise, primarily from the ‘executive summary’ of a 35-page report[12] written by Paul Ciotti in March of 1988 for the Cato Institute called ‘Lessons from the Kansas City Desegregation Experiment.’”[13]

Chapter 7 of Godless provides 16 examples of “successful treatments achieved by adult stem cell research.” Columnist Ron Brynaert notes that 15 of those examples “are nearly identical to items in a longer list of seventeen compiled by the Illinois Right To Life website,[14] that has been available since at least September of 2003.” Brynaert adds, “For these fifteen items, Coulter appears to do little more than remove the parentheses and slightly change a word or two, such as ‘using’ into ‘with.’”[15]

Coulter’s publisher, Crown Forum, after a cursory examination of only three “snippets,” ridiculed plagiarism accusations in their official statement: “We have reviewed the allegations of plagiarism surrounding Godless and found them to be as trivial and meritless as they are irresponsible. Any author is entitled to do what Ann Coulter has done in the three snippets cited: research and report facts. The number of words used by our author in these snippets is so minimal that there is no requirement for attribution. As an experienced author and attorney, Ms. Coulter knows when attribution is appropriate, as underscored by the nineteen pages of hundreds of endnotes contained in Godless.”

About those endnotes, Recchia also reported: [16]

Meanwhile, many of the 344 citations Coulter includes in “Godless” “are very misleading,” said Barrie, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he specialized in pattern recognition.

“They’re used purely to try and give the book a higher level of credibility – as if it’s an academic work. But her sloppiness in failing to properly attribute many other passages strips it of nearly all its academic merits,” he told The Post.

Initially, Universal Press Syndicate claimed it would investigate these allegations, declaring, “We take allegations of plagiarism seriously. It’s something we’d like to investigate further. We’d like to see a copy of the report. We’d like to start looking into it.”[17] A whitewash was apparent in its final statement to Editors & Publishers: “In addition to looking at the columns mentioned in the New York Post story, we also reviewed a sampling of other columns that have been mentioned in the media. Like her book publisher, Crown, Universal Press Syndicate finds no merits to the allegations of plagiarism brought by the software company executive. There are only so many ways you can rewrite a fact and minimal matching text is not plagiarism.”

The websites of Coulter’s two alma maters offer definitions of plagiarism which refute the claims of Coulter’s publishers.[18] Cornell University is very clear in what constitutes plagiarism:[19] “where you reproduce part or all of someone else’s idea in your own words (commonly known as paraphrasing), where you use or summarize someone else’s research, where you use facts or data that are not common knowledge, where you reproduce source material in slightly altered form while retaining the main idea or structure. Both direct and indirect citations require proper documentation.”

The University of Michigan is equally direct and damning:[20] “Plagiarism is representing someone else’s ideas, words, statements or other works as one’s own without proper acknowledgment or citation. Examples of plagiarism are: Copying word for word or lifting phrases or a special term from a source or reference without proper attribution. Paraphrasing: using another person’s written words or ideas, albeit in one’s own words, as if they were one’s own thought. Borrowing facts, statistics, or other illustrative material without proper reference, unless the information is common knowledge, in common public use.”

Endnotes:

[1]       Philip Recchia, “Copycatty Coulter Pilfers Prose: Pro,” New York Post, 7/2/06, http://www.yuricareport.com/Religion/CoulterPlagiarismInGodless.html.

[2]       Justin Rood, ““’Complete’ List of Coulter Plagiarism Allegations,” TPMuckraker, 7/7/06, http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/001070.php.

[3]       “People and events that made Maine’s century,” Portland Press-Herald, 12/12/9.

[4]       “Retraction to WWE And the Public,” Parents Television Council, 7/11/02.

[5]       “About Planned Parenthood,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America pamphlet, 2004.

[6]       “Pity This Blushing Bride-To-Be,” San Francisco Chronicle, 7/3/05.

[7]       See http://www.romingerlegal.com/newsviewer.php?ppa=8oplo_ZkrmmsspTUnjy30qbfek%5C%21.

[8]       Ron Brynaert, “More examples of ‘possible plagiarism’ from Coulter’s ‘Godless’ book,” Raw Story, 7/10/06, http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/More_examples_of_possible_plagiarism_from_0710.html.

[9]       See http://www.cato.org/research/articles/salisbury-050217.html.

[10]     Ron Brynaert, “More examples of ‘possible plagiarism’ from Coulter’s ‘Godless’ book,” Raw Story, 7/10/06, http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/More_examples_of_possible_plagiarism_from_0710.html.

[11]     “More Ann Coulter Plagiarism (Updated),” The Rude Pundit, 6/14/06, http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2006/06/more-ann-coulter-plagiarism-updated.html.

[12]     http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-298.pdf.

[13]     Ron Brynaert, “More examples of ‘possible plagiarism’ from Coulter’s ‘Godless’ book,” Raw Story, 7/10/06, http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/More_examples_of_possible_plagiarism_from_0710.html.

[14]     http://www.illinoisrighttolife.org/stemcellsummary.htm.

[15]     Ron Brynaert, “In new book, Coulter ‘cribs’ stem cell list from right-to-life group,” Raw Story, 6/14/06, http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/In_new_book_Coulter_cribs_stem_0614.html.

[16]     Philip Recchia, “Copycatty Coulter Pilfers Prose: Pro,” New York Post, 7/2/06, http://www.yuricareport.com/Religion/CoulterPlagiarismInGodless.html.

[17]     Greg Sheffield, “Ann Coulter Faces Charges of Plagiarism,” NewsBusters.org, 7/7/06.

[18]     References courtesy of Rude Pundit.

[19]     http://plagiarism.arts.cornell.edu/tutorial/logistics6.cfm.

[20]     See http://www.lsa.umich.edu/lsa/detail/0,2034,53%5Farticle%5F294,00.html.

Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter

For almost two decades, Ann Coulter has proven herself untrustworthy.[1] From betraying her own client[2] and scamming voters,[3] to using lies and employing elimination rhetoric,[4] Coulter has shown herself to be unscrupulous – all in the pursuit of self-promotion and self-glory.[5]

A new book – Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter – delves into the various ways in which Coulter promotes herself and her worldview, and it examines why so many people can come to believe her distortions and lies, even when confronted with a wealth of irrefutable evidence.

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That Coulter retains any credibility at all – despite her pathological prevarication, her eager employment of elimination rhetoric, and her enmity to all who do not fit into her scheme of life – is perhaps the mystery of the ages. Propaganda endeavors to explain the seemingly inexplicable.

In a startling manner, Coulter audaciously adopted Orwell’s iconic 1984[6] as a blueprint for her own career. What totalitarian governments and dictators do on a national and international level, Coulter does on a somewhat smaller scale. Ever ideological, always self-promoting, Coulter uses the tactics and techniques, the verbiage and the principles, of 1984 to pursue her own agenda. Where that agenda collides with conservative principles or Christian values, those interests become subservient to her own.

If George Orwell is the Father of Big Brother, then he is the cherished uncle of Ann Coulter. Coulter certainly seems more at home with 1984 then she does with either the Bible or the Constitution.

Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter is structured in a simple fashion.

Chapter One compares and contrasts Coulter with Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl.

Chapter Two provides a humorous review of a fictitious Ann Coulter book, Delusional, in which all of the quotations contained therein are from Coulter, demonstrating the schizophrenia of Coulter’s own self-identity.

Chapter Three examines Coulter’s first distinctly Orwellian book, Slander, and its incorporation of many Orwellian propaganda techniques. It further looks at Coulter’s own addiction to addictive thinking and its implication in her work.

With Chapter Four, we see the pervasiveness of Orwellian thinking as it is exhibited in Coulter’s third book, Treason, which is steeped in the thought processes of 1984. This chapter explores the many and varied Orwellian techniques and constructs employed by Coulter in Treason.

Chapter Five looks at Coulter’s first compilation of essays, How to Talk to a Liberal (if you must), which is an instruction book – or, How To manual – for conservatives.

A series of case studies then fleshes out the reality of Coulter’s utilization of propaganda and its political and cultural impact.

An Epilog renders hope possible in the life and work of Coulter.

An Appendix critiques an (almost) perfect piece of propaganda by Coulter.

Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter is available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

Endnotes:

[1]       See Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

[2]       See “Case Study #1: Oh, Paula (Jones)! Ann Coulter’s Betrayal,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[3]       See “Case Study #3: Coulter for Congress: Only Scoundrels Need Apply,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[4]       See “Appendix 1: Sampling of Coulter’s Elimination Rhetoric,” The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[5]       See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[6]       The full text of Orwell’s 1984 is available at http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/0.html.