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Public Resists Coulter’s Resistance Is Futile

Ann Coulter’s latest book, Resistance Is Futile, is classic Coulter. She exhibits her characteristic flair for effectively conveying her point of view. Earlier, I highlighted what Coulter gets right – and wrong in Resistance. Here are more salient observations, many of which you are probably unaware of.

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Dedicated to Deceased Bodyguard and Lover

Let me begin with what I “knew” about Resistance before it was published. I knew (from the very moment I heard the announcement that she was writing another book) that Coulter would dedicate this book to Floyd Resnick, now deceased. (Her second book, Slander, published in 2002, was dedicated to her deceased former editor, Robert Jones.)

I fully expected Resistance to be dedicated to Resnick, Coulter’s faithful, long-time bodyguard and lover. For a time, Coulter’s speaking contract even required first-class airfare for two. They went everywhere together.

RIP Floyd Resnick

I knew Floyd and, at one CPAC conference many years ago, I saw him lead Ann by the hand through the crowds, displaying a certain casual intimacy.

Resnick died on 11/11/16. In lieu of a public eulogy (or even a tweet), Ann gave him this book dedication.

Failing Book Tour

Coulter’s 13th book was released on August 21st to much fanfare and debuted near the bottom of the New York Times bestseller list (#14), only to precipitously plunge into a black hole the following week.

Her book’s disappointing showing (by Coulter standards) cannot be attributed to media bias as several similarly-themed books appeared higher on that list for longer periods of time.

Her (thus far) failing book tour and abysmal sales may be puzzling to some (my own forthcoming book will shed ample light on many factors for this), especially given Coulter’s energetic efforts to achieve success: two book launch parties; intense promotion from Breitbart, Daily Caller, and other Coulter-friendly news media; two appearances on the Rush Limbaugh Show; several appearances on Tucker Carlson’s highly popular Fox News TV show; and a slew of radio, television and print interviews.

Then there’s Coulter’s own Twitter following of over two million Twitter followers. With over two million followers, one would expect more than a paltry 13,100 books (including preorders) to be sold in the first three weeks (per Bookscan). Do Ann’s followers not like her? Not trust her?

Many Coulter followers don’t trust her because of her past history of lies and deception and her Romney-like shifting political positions.

Coulter’s biggest and most vocal fans support her immigration stand. Many of her fans are fixated upon her, in their words, being “hot.” Some of her biggest detractors are pro-Trumpers outraged at the depth and degree of her attacks on Trump. (It is striking that Trump has yet to comment on Resistance Is Futile.)

By my (albeit unscientific) observations, among her following, Ann has some very ardent admirers, many who are neutral and – to use a journalistically “precise” term – a helluva lot who vehemently hate her. (It is as if they follow her merely to criticize everything she tweets.)

Despite all of the positive factors favoring success, after three weeks, Resistance had sold in the mere tens of thousands. (Her previous book, In Trump We Trust, didn’t even make the bestseller list!)

Her fourth week also saw her fall short of a resurgence on the bestseller list, even though audience members at her speeches (Acushnet, MA, and Concord, NH) “purchased” her book as part of their tickets. (People wanting to meet Ann had to buy her book.)

Coulter on Her Own Book

But what does Coulter say about Resistance?

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Coulter typically boasts that all of her books are blockbusters (even when they’re not even bestsellers) and that her columns are excellent. On the Mark Simone Show (8/16/18), Coulter bragged,

“The chapter titles are excellent and they’re very short chapters with lots of headings because I am part of the Twitter generation. And notice it’s a nice short book. It has a lot of footnotes.”

I was particularly struck by one phrase, “I am part of the Twitter generation,” which is utterly absurd, yet she has repeated it on multiple talk shows, evidently considering it a snappy soundbite. If Coulter is part of a Twitter “generation” – whatever that is – then that “generation” spans scores of years.

Twitter was made for Coulter. She has always been good at quick quips and snappy repartee – thus perfect for Twitter. (Though she is prone to gaffes when tweeting off-the-cuff.)

But, no, she is hardly part of a Twitter “generation” which is largely populated by millennials and Generation Z, but also encompasses people of all ages. There “are over 67 million Twitter users in the U.S.

People using a social media platform who range in age from young children to senior citizens can hardly be called a “generation.” Is Ann trying to recapture her youth? Appear hip? Relevant? Perhaps she is trying to make herself more relevant or appear younger than she really is.

Contents of Resistance

Coulter’s writing is solid, including her trademark penchant for hyperbole, as with her concluding chapter title: “For Democracy to Live, We Must Kill the Media.” (Where’s the guillotine?)

(Presumably, Coulter is referring to the #FakeNewsMedia and not genuine journalism. Is Ann not part of the media? She is unclear as to whether she is targeting the institutions themselves, or the people within those institutions.)

As this table of contents indicates, Coulter addresses the hot issues of the day.

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Coulter’s Clever Title

Coulter’s titles are often clever and this one – Resistance is Futile – is no exception. Coulter effectively merges a contemporary political and cultural phenomenon with a well-known pop culture meme from twenty years ago.

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But, as with so many things Coulter, contradictions abound, and, in this case, her title itself proffers confusing ideological optics.

Within her book, Coulter accurately conveys the ultimate end results of the Left’s #Resistance movement while adopting its faulty historical and political precepts.

The Left’s #Resistance movement carefully portrays itself as comparable to and the moral heirs of the French Resistance in World War II, when, in fact, they are the enemies of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.

With #ViveLaResistance, Progressives conjure up images of determined French patriots resisting Nazi occupation (think Casablanca) and they infer that America is occupied by Nazi-like GOP leaders pursuing tyrannical control of America.

In Casablanca, Rick Blaine is the reluctant freedom-fighter while Victor Laszlo (not an American) is the courageous leader of the French Resistance. The Left loves Bogart’s character, but, now, have adopted Paul Henreid’s serious, combative, and irrepressible hero as a standard-bearer for their own cause – a cause against which the French Resistance would have ferociously fought.

Similarly, while Coulter’s Resistance is Futile accurately identifies the tyrannical and thuggish behavior – and anti-Liberty, anti-American nature – of the #Resistance, Coulter herself frequently emulates their ideology, behavior, tactics, and rhetoric.

Ironically, Coulter has chosen for the title a slogan beloved by tyrants from antiquity to sci-fi villains of the future (most notably, the Borg).

For today’s Progressives, GOP = Nazi = Borg.

Coulter’s title unconsciously confirms their viewpoint.

Coulter – Borg Queen

Coulter’s clever but contradictory title unwittingly presents herself as the villain (Borg Queen) and the #Resistance as heroic freedom fighters.

The irony of Coulter’s latest book title, Resistance is Futile, can’t escape one’s notice. It is a tyrannical imperative that has rung through the ages, most recently by the Nazis and Soviets (and other Socialists), the aliens of V, and, most memorably, by the Borg in the Star Trek franchise.

Strikingly, the Borg demand assimilation, as American nationalists do, albeit in a decidedly un-American, tyrannical, non-Melting pot paradigm.

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In 2015, Coulter spoke at the Eagle Forum’s Collegiate Summit, saying:

“There was no pussyfooting around. We’re assimilating you, you’re here, and you’re going to be an American. There will be no celebration of Cinco de Mayo, there will be no Ramadan, in fact there won’t even be a Feast of the Immaculate Conception – we are an Anglo-Protestant country, and you will learn about the Battle of Valley Forge.”

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In Resistance, Coulter addresses very real problems of tyranny, violence, and mob rule on the Left while using a construct to promote her own hive mentality of the Alt-Right.

Coulter Is Part of the Resistance

Another great irony during the Trump presidency thus far is that Coulter has frequently been part of the #Resistance! She has often attacked Trump’s positive agenda (tax cuts, deregulation, and peace through strength, which she describes as commitment “to the Military Industrial Complex). Coulter also frequently raises the specter of impeachment.

Coulter told the Independent Journalism Review, “I would do it all over again. I would write In Trump We Trust all over again. At least he’s saying things. He may not be fully following through and I do have to swat him on the nose with a newspaper every once in a while.”

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To Rush Limbaugh and his audience, Coulter said Trump “has a suck-up personality” and his “presidency is more of a transactional presidency. He does have to be swatted on the nose with a rolled up newspaper when he goes astray.” In other words, Coulter knows best!

Last year, as reported by the Washington Examiner and other media outlets (emphasis added), “Coulter said she and Trump were involved in a profanity-laced screaming match in the Oval Office last year over his immigration policy.” (Coulter claims that Trump “started it.” Still, Ann, it’s not a good approach to win hearts over to your side.)

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Not to be outdone, on The Next Revolution (9/16/18), Coulter argued, “If the Resistance were smart, they’d read my book and attack Trump for not building the wall.”

Nihilistic Annihilation

The corollary to “You will be assimilated” is the alternative: “You will be annihilated.”

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Coulter has always had a bit of a Borg mindset. In the early 1990s, she wanted to eradicate feminism. Post-9/11, her mantra was “Kill, kill, kill.” In the 2000s, Coulter constantly spoke about how wonderful it would to have a world without liberals. During that same period, she was engaged in a jihad against both liberals and jihadists. Prior to and during the last presidential election cycle, Coulter sought the death of the GOP. (On September 23rd, Coulter’s tweetstorm demanded that we “crush the GOP.”)

Now, Coulter seeks the death of the press: “An essential component of saving the country is absolutely destroying the press. Not a brick upon a brick should remain. Then it can be rebuilt on more ethical lines.” (She fails to make clear distinctions between the #FakeNewsMedia and objective journalism.)

Coulter’s conclusion in Resistance is “We Must Kill the Media.” On The Next Revolution (9/16/18), Coulter pondered, “Maybe we do have to destroy everything first” – something a cultural Marxist would say.

Resistance - We Must Kill The Media

Remember, Coulter has been a canvas-cleanser for most of her adult life.

 

Are Coulter’s ‘Facts’ Right?

Ann Coulter has been sacked by the Truth[1] more often than RG3 has been sacked by the Detroit Lions.

Coulter often does speak truth, but she all too often tells lies. Discerning between truth and lies can be problematic with Coulter. During her latest book tour, Coulter has told countless lies. Small lies. Big lies. Smug lies. Hurtful lies. Shameful lies.

Sacked

One tactic Coulter uses to present her propaganda[2] (to promote herself and her agenda) is that of speaking with conviction. She will forcefully and vehemently lie with the expectation that her seeming conviction will convince others of her falsehoods.[3]

Coulter v. Colmes

Before highlighting some of the many falsehoods from Coulter’s current book tour (so many lies, so little time), it would be instructive to consider an exchange with Alan Colmes:[4]

Coulter: “The truth about immigration is always the same; the lies are always different. I look at the studies. You know, you have to read down and figure out, where’s the lie here? Where’s the lie there? They lie in all different kinds of ways.”

Colmes: “So whenever I present data you don’t like, you just say it’s a lie.”

Coulter: “Exactly!

Colmes: “So every study is wrong except the ones you quote?”

Coulter: “Look! I show the data. You can look at it yourself.”

Whenever Coulter is confronted with facts she cannot refute, she will dismiss them or deny their veracity.

Coulter’s False “Facts” on Her Book Tour

Here are just a few of Coulter’s many prevarications:

[The hyperlinked headings provide the truth about her fraudulent claims.]

ISIS poses no threat to the American homeland.[5] “I don’t even care about ISIS! … ISIS is not at our doorstep.”[6] And, “I have a little tip. If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria.”[7]

ISIS: 0.[8] Dismissing the terrorist threat in America, Coulter concluded a column: “Now go back to worrying about ISIS.”[9]

America has taken in 25% of Mexico.[10] “America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico’s entire population.”[11] And, “We’ve taken one quarter of Mexico’s population.”[12]

Civil rights[13] are only for blacks.[14] “The only time you should be able to sue for discrimination is if you are an African-American. That’s it! That’s it! I don’t want to hear about anybody else. You can hire whomever you want to. You can fire whomever you want to. … Civil rights are for blacks.”[15]

Diversity is white.[16] Ann Coulter’s America is exceedingly small and insular. Coulter crows, “It used to be more diverse, admittedly from white, Western European countries, mostly. But I consider, you know, the Scotch, the Irish, the English – I think that’s enough diversity. That really mixes it up for me.”[17]

America will be a WASP nation again.[18] Coulter explained (emphasis added): “It’s a monochromatic WASP country that other ethnicities have come to and for the first 400 years of its existence, (as a colony and then as a country) the ‘wildly diverse’ immigrants were other white western Europeans. That was the extent of the diversity.”[19]

And, “Send me a million people who want to come to America, and I will decide them all before breakfast. I can pretty much decide on looks; it would save a lot of money.”[20]

Coulter has never been accused of racism.[21] “One thing I have never been called, ah, is, is, is, is a racist. Um, anyone, anyone who reads my book – or, or Mugged – will see, um, that that would be a very difficult case to make.”[22]

All immigrants are bad.[23] “My only quibble with [Trump] is that, No. 1, it’s legal immigrants, too. And, No. 2, there are no good ones.”[24]

Pro-lifers are putzes[25] and sissies.[26] “Exactly. So sick of the anti-abortion machismo from right wing sissies.”[27]

And, “… their big thing is to keep talking about this abortion thing. Well, that’s great if it were 1977. I’d think you’re really brave and you’re doing a great thing. But I kind of think you’re just a putz imitating what was good forty years ago at this point.”[28]

Mitt Romney was better than Reagan.[29] “[Romney] did better than Reagan did. I think that’s pretty good.”[30] And “The best we ever had was Mitt Romney.”[31]

Donald Trump could win as a third-party candidate.[32] “[A third party candidacy] would be fantastic! Go, Trump, Go!”[33] And “I think he could be not only a nominee who could win but a third party candidate who could win.”

Hillary Clinton will be Democrat nominee.[34] “I promise you Jeb or Rubio are going to lead to a Hillary presidency.”[35] And, “You have to vote for Hillary over those two[36] [Bush and Rubio].”[37]

Nikki Haley is an ignorant immigrant:[38] “Well, I’m a student of American history. On the other hand, [Nikki Haley] is an immigrant and does not understand America’s history.”[39]

Ted Cruz is ineligible to be President:[40] “Ted Cruz gave a good answer on immigration. Too bad he’s not a natural born citizen!”[41]

Carly Fiorina is just a woman who can talk:[42] “I’ve turned against [Carly Fiorina] as of yesterday with the hot, hot hate of a thousand suns. … At first, I admit I was suspicious because I hate this, ‘Oh, a woman can talk, oh, isn’t that’s great?’”[43]

Ann Coulter is better that Donald Trump.[44] “Trump’s a piker compared to moi.”[45]

Coulter is Not Conservatism’s Best

Delusions of grandeur aside, Coulter cannot be trusted because she thinks too highly of herself and she regards her lies as superior to the truth that we all need to make informed decisions.

RG3 boasted: “I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league, and I have to go out and show that … There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”

Throughout her book tour,[46] Coulter has boasted about her superiority,[47] praising herself[48] and her book.[49]

Coulter is sacked by truth on a weekly, if not almost daily, basis. Until Coulter speaks the truth and sticks with the truth, Conservatives should not stick with Coulter.[50]

Endnotes:

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

[2]               See “Propaganda: George Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-4j.

[3]               Ibid.

[4]               Alan Colmes Show, Fox News, 7/10/15.

[5]               See “Ann Coulter … Dangerously Wrong!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7x.

[6]               Ann Coulter, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2/19/15.

[7]               Ann Coulter, America with Jorge Ramos, Fusion, 5/26/15.

[8]               See “Coulter’s Loopy Logic” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7L.

[9]               Ann Coulter, “ISIS: 0, Ted Kennedy: Too Many to Count,” 7/8/15.

[10]             See “Adios, Ann: Fear Mexicans, Not Jihadists” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6A.

[11]             Ann Coulter, “Ramos Can Stay, But Matt Lauer Has to Go,” 5/27/15.

[12]             Ann Coulter, Mark Simone Show, WOR, 6/3/15.

[13]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[14]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7f.

[15]             Ann Coulter, Red Eye, FNC, 6/6/15.

[16]             See “Adios, Ann: Diversity = White” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7j.

[17]             Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[18]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s WASP Fantasy” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7H.

[19]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[20]             Ann Coulter, National Press Club, 6/17/15.

[21]             See “Ann Coulter’s ‘Racism Credit’” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7V.

[22]             Ann Coulter, Washington Journal, C-Span, 6/23/15.

[23]             See “Coulter: All Immigrants Are Bad” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8w.

[24]             Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 7/27/15.

[25]             See “Coulter Disses Pro-Lifers – Again!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8J.

[26]             See “Coulter’s Assault on Pro-Life Movement Continues” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9a.

[27]             Ann Coulter, tweet, 8/12/15, 10:40 a.m.

[28]             Ann Coulter, Mornings on the Mall, WMAL, 7/24/15.

[29]             See “Adios, Ann: Only Mitt for Me” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-70.

[30]             Ann Coulter, Ricochet, 6/4/15.

[31]             Ann Coulter, Boston Herald Drive, 6/4/15.

[32]             See “Coulter’s Latest RINO Would Give Democrats Victory” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8t.

[33]             Ann Coulter, Mornings on the Mall, WMAL, 7/24/15.

[34]             See “Coulter’s Flawed Calculus” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8i.

[35]             Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 7/20/15.

[36]             See “Coulter Hawks Hillary – Again!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8P.

[37]             Ann Coulter, Garden Grove, CA, 7/13/15.

[38]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter Trashes Nikki Haley” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7m.

[39]             Ann Coulter, Kennedy Nation, FBN, 6/24/15.

[40]             See “Coulter Claims Cruz Ineligible” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9j.

[41]             Ann Coulter tweet, 8/6/15 at 9:39 p.m., also posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAnnCoulter/posts/743268929116257. (Her Facebook posting has not yet been deleted.)

[42]             See “Ann Coulter Hates Carly Fiorina” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9z.

[43]             Ann Coulter, Mike Gallagher Show, 8/18/15.

[44]             See “Coulter Gaga?” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9s.

[45]             Ann Coulter, tweet, 8/17/15, 9:54 a.m.

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

[47]             See “Ann Coulter’s Crazy Funhouse Mirror” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8n.

[48]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Bio Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6p.

[49]             See “Coulter Trumped Up” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7Q.

[50]             See The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

Honest Ann? Honestly?

Ann Coulter seems intent upon continually out-Coultering herself. Yesterday, she claimed: “If you crave association with honest people, you’ll love Ann Coulter!”[1]

When it comes to truth, Coulter is frequently truth-deprived. Coulter has a trust deficit because she has a truth deficit. (Not unlike Hillary Clinton.)[2]

Honest

Let’s consider Ann’s record over just the past nine weeks, during her current book tour.

Coulter has lied about …

Even after her claims have been debunked, Coulter repeats them – and even amplifies to them.

For quite some time, Coulter has been living in an alternative universe[17] where she envisions and ascribes various and sundry superlatives to herself[18] (best Christian, conservative, libertarian, pro-lifer, etc.).

Why is Coulter not trusted? It all has to do with Coulter’s integrity and veracity,[19] or lack thereof.

To be trusted, one must be trustworthy. Coulter is not.

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter tweet, 8/11/15, 1:46 p.m. (emphasis added).

[2]               See “Is Coulter as Corrupt as Clinton?” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-64.

[3]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Bio Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6p.

[4]               See “Adios, Ann: Fear Mexicans, Not Jihadists” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6A.

[5]               Ibid., at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6A.

[6]               See “Ann Coulter … Dangerously Wrong!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7x. See also “Coulter’s Loopy Logic” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7L.

[7]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7f.

[8]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[9]               See “Adios, Ann: Only Mitt for Me” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-70.

[10]             Ibid., at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-70.

[11]             Ibid., at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-70.

[12]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter Trashes Nikki Haley” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7m.

[13]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s WASP Fantasy” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7H.

[14]             See “Ann Coulter’s ‘Racism Credit’” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7V.

[15]             See “Coulter Disses Pro-Lifers – Again!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8J.

[16]             See “Conservatives Diss Coulter!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8V.

[17]             See “Delusional – New Ann Coulter Book” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3z.

[18]             See “Ann Coulter’s Crazy Funhouse Mirror” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8n.

[19]             See “Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3p.

Ann Coulter’s Cover-ups

Ann Coulter is becoming ever more brazen in her commentary, condemning elites for “covering up and protecting one another,”[1] when Coulter has herself been a recipient of and participant in any number of cover-ups.

In Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, you will discover numerous times when Coulter’s friends and colleagues have covered up her scandalous behavior.

Cover-up

In speaking about the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal, Coulter insisted, “This is a really important story,” explaining that “this is the elites getting cozy and covering up and protecting one another.”

She found it “shocking” that “thus far this has only been covered on Fox News,” and accused “the elites [of] circling the wagon and protecting” the guilty person.

But Coulter has herself been protected countless times on Fox News by her colleagues and friends, most notably Sean Hannity. Hannity routinely comes to her rescue in controversy after controversy. He devoted a series of shows (both TV and radio) to defend her when she defamed the 9/11 widows in 2006. More recently, as noted in Propaganda, Hannity leapt to Coulter’s defense over her spurious attacks on – of all things – soccer.

For well over a decade, Coulter’s colleagues have excused her plagiarism. Just last year, a colleague at Human Events repeatedly lied to me in an interview, denying her plagiarism with multiple falsehoods and specious arguments.

Christian conservatives, like Erich Erickson, have even defended Coulter’s defamation of selfless Christian missionaries serving overseas, people Coulter called ungodly traitors.

When will Fox News and other conservative organizations hold Coulter accountable for her immoral and unethical behavior?

See the new exposé on Coulter for more details. This free 245-page PDF book – Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter – is available at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 1/6/15.

Coulter’s Soccer Flop – Part Trois

Why Coulter Trashed Soccer and What It Reveals About Coulter

Ann Coulter garnered global attention for her nonsensical rants against soccer. Part I in this series addressed Coulter’s shoddy journalism (wrong in almost every detail), the national and international fallout from her essay, her attention-seeking with the resulting loss of her credibility, and her doubling down on her depravity.

Part 2 addressed Coulter’s xenophobia, obsession with immigration, and her narcissism, elitism, and irrational fears, which all stem from Coulter’s own self-identity and how America’s political and cultural identity swirl around her.[1]

Soccer05

Here we dig a little deeper, discovering that Coulter’s hatred of soccer has its source in Coulter, not in the sport she claims is not a sport.

Attention Seeking

There is almost universal agreement among those critiquing Coulter’s soccer columns that her intent is to get attention. Chris Osterndorf put it well:

“The only agenda Ann Coulter is advancing in this case, and in every other, is her own. Coulter is a master at the art of trolling – because she knows that if you are offensive all the time and every time, it doesn’t matter what you say. All that matters is that you pay attention to who’s saying it. Which, in this case, is her.”[2]

Consequently, Coulter gained international attention spanning almost every continent. Osterndorf has certainly grasped Coulter’s very self-absorbed nature, noting:

“Trolls are always charlatans,[3] by their very nature. Through riling people up, screaming about how right they are, and how wrong everyone else is, trolls reveal that they aren’t really interested in anything except themselves. A troll’s main goal is to be noticed, not be taken seriously.”

But Coulter wants to be both noticed and taken seriously.

One blogger clearly discerned this aspect of Coulter’s nature, addressing Coulter, “It reads like a self-asserting monologue, not like a dialogue; it seems to me your interest is not discussing any topic but disposing of any other opinions, save yours.”[4]

Some, like Michael Kolander, view Coulter’s diatribe as simply a marketing strategy and they have a point, to a point. The problem is – Coulter believes every word she writes. Kolander’s five-points praising Coulter:[5]

  1. 1. She Doesn’t Give A Damn About The Blow-back
  2. 2. She Lets Her Haters Do The Heavy Lifting
  3. 3. She Played On People’s Emotions
  4. 4. She Used The List Format
  5. 5. She Piggybacked On A Trending Topic

Ironically, as Coulter garners attention for herself she diminishes her own credibility (and that of the conservative movement).

Dunning-Kruger Effect

For two weeks, Coulter’s columns, tweets, and interviews have shown her utter ignorance of soccer. (And she wonders why people are upset.) Even Fox News hosts trashed Coulter’s column. [6] Brian Kilmeade said, “I will outline what she said and try to find anything factual in it. That will be an interesting little exercise.” Kilmeade is an expert on sports who once covered soccer as a reporter. Shepard Smith also chimed in, noting, “I’m told it’s a sign of moral decay. It’s not.”

Did Coulter write about something of which she knew she was ignorant? Or did she think, as is her wont, that she understood it perfectly? In other words, was Coulter ignorant of her ignorance?

In this instance, Coulter may have suffered from “The Dunning-Kruger effect [which] is a slightly more specific case of the bias known as illusory superiority, where people tend to overestimate their good points in comparison to others around them, while concurrently underestimating their negative points.”

Not knowing what she doesn’t know – or how much she doesn’t know – she assumes she knows enough and that it can’t be all that difficult. In this case, her critique of soccer revealed her ignorance of even the most rudimentary facts.

Coulter doesn’t understand soccer, so she doesn’t like it. She wants to change the rules because she doesn’t like the rules. Because Coulter doesn’t like soccer as a sport, it 1) can’t be a “sport” and 2) must be bad. Being bad, it must be liberal.

Coulter’s sense of superiority pervades so much of her commentary. One blogger writes: “But having no idea what … she’s talking about is, for Coulter, a badge. It’s a credential of her Americanness. Ann Coulter, to quote Chris Rock, loves to not know. Not knowing anything about soccer lets Ann Coulter feel superior to it, even though Ann Coulter, of all people, shouldn’t feel superior to anything in the world for any reason.[7]

Arrogance

One could reasonably call Coulter the stereotypical “Ugly American,” flaunting her ignorance of geography and sports and providing the definitive derogatory: “It’s foreign.” Coulter is certainly a poor ambassador for America and for Conservatism. Disparaging soccer as a “game for girls,” Coulter wrote: “a guy from the Paraguay team (Uruguay? Who cares?).” Quite a few people, actually.

Ugly American is a pejorative term used to refer to perceptions of loud, arrogant, demeaning, thoughtless, ignorant, and ethnocentric behavior of American citizens mainly abroad, but also at home.” Does Coulter come to mind?

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Jonathan Corbett writes: “Ann’s not a sports writer, she’s a button pusher. And that button is attached to a machine that spews out bizarre, hate-filled rants about liberals, the New York Times and foreigners.”[8] A Forbes columnist observed, “She’s never happy in her skin unless your jaw is around your ankles.”[9]

Ann Coulter is arrogant.[10] She has a finely-calibrated sense of superiority, both personal and cultural. But that sense of superiority masks deep-rooted insecurities from others and from herself.[11]

As noted earlier, Coulter has a deep-seated fear of the Other as revealed in her attacks against non-whites, non-Americans, immigrants, liberals, multiculturalism, and soccer – the poster-game for Evil.

But Coulter has an even greater fear of exposure: that her flaws, weaknesses, and fears will be seen by others, especially by those closest to her.

Coulter’s Cover-up

In an act of pure evil – and calling evil good and good evil is, in and of itself, evil – Coulter’s close friend and ally, Sean Hannity, fully supported Coulter’s wretched columns in a rather intriguing manner.

On June 30th, Coulter appeared on Hannity’s TV show via satellite from Paris! (Did Coulter fly to France just to appear on an overseas satellite link to look important?) Surely her appearance was designed as an optic to counter her shoddy journalism regarding soccer. (Perhaps next time she can pose as a war correspondent.)

Hannity willingly became the propaganda arm for Coulter’s nonsense. Fox News promoted his show that evening with a graphic of Coulter referencing her soccer column. Hannity himself gave teasers on his show telling viewers Coulter would be on to discuss fallout from her soccer column.

But what were the top news stories of the day, also featured on Hannity? Topics included two Supreme Court decisions (Hobby Lobby, unions), the Benghazi terrorist arriving in DC, the establishment of the Islamic State in Iraq, and the burgeoning crisis of child refugees on our southern border.

Still, Hannity’s sole promotion for his show that evening was a graphic of Coulter and her soccer imbroglio.

On his show, Hannity brought up the soccer controversy without addressing any of the substantive criticisms. Instead, he allowed Coulter to attack her critics for their “hissy fits” and affirmed the boring nature of soccer. Hannity ended the segment with approval for Coulter, saying, “I agree with you on soccer and immigration.” Hannity utterly ignored the myriad mistakes in Coulter’s column and, in the end, unconditionally validated her.

Cute strategy: ignore her errors, attack her critics, and claim she is perfect.

Hannity-Enabled

Are you surprised at Hannity’s conspiracy with Coulter? Don’t be. He does it all the time. Most famously when Coulter defamed the 9/11 widows[12] – Hannity spent most of that week defending her.

Late last year, Hannity admitted, “Ann and I have been friends for many, many years. She’s gotten me in trouble on radio and TV many, many times. And, I’m like, ‘Ann, did you have to say that?’ But she’s a dear friend. She is a true American original and a patriot and a wonderful human being.”[13]

Hannity added, “I spend half my life defending her.”

If Coulter is such “a wonderful human being” then why does he have to spend half his “life defending her?” Why the hypocrisy?

Hannity frequently condemns the “breathtaking”[14] hypocrisy of Obama and his administration. He claims, “I don’t like to be lied to.”[15] He proffers, “You never go wrong in doing the right thing.”[16]

Yet, Hannity never points out Coulter’s hypocrisy, allows Coulter to lie on his show, and commends her when she most certainly does not do the right thing.

Classic enabling.

Impenitence

Ann Coulter boasts of being impenitent.[17] Indeed, Coulter is renowned for never apologizing or admitting error. She is recalcitrant and impenitent. All to her own detriment.

Calling herself an exemplary Christian, Coulter eschews repentance. How can that be?

“One could reasonably conclude that a person who won’t repent can’t be a Christian. Repentance is crucial to salvation and to living a Christian life. Both Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles called people to repentance. Repentance is, after all, a requirement for salvation. Strikingly, both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ used identical words early in their ministries: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand [Matthew 3:2; 4:17].”[18]

As noted by Lauren Ashburn, “The arc of a mistake story goes as long and as high as it takes you to apologize.”[19] Because of Coulter’s refusal to apologize or to admit error – and her orchestrated cover-up with Hannity – her controversy was prolonged and her credibility was further damaged.

The hero of Rob Roy (1995) remarked in a pivotal point in the story, “Honor is the gift a man gives to himself.” The same could be said of repentance. When we repent, we bring ourselves back into the good graces of God and we can be at peace with ourselves.[20]

Resources:

Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

Endnotes:

[1]       See Chapter 3: “Pride – All is Vanity,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[2]       Chris Osterndorf, “An annotated history of Ann Coulter trolling America: She is the best at being the worst,” The Daily Dot, 7/1/14, http://theweek.com/article/index/263990/an-annotated-history-of-ann-coulter-trolling-america.

[3]       See also The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011,at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[4]       Montserrat Algarabel, “A letter for Ann Coulter on the ‘evils’ of soccer, part deux,” 7/6/14, http://nimbemon.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-letter-for-ann-coulter-on-evils-of.html.

[5]       Michael Kolander, “5 Reasons Ann Coulter’s Anti-Soccer Rant Is Brilliant,” 6/27/14, http://www.break.com/article/ann-coulters-anti-soccer-rant-is-brilliant-2643760.

[6]       Drew MacKenzie, “Ann Coulter Slammed by Conservatives for Dissing Soccer,” Newsmax, 7/1/14, http://www.newsmax.com/US/Ann-Coulter-soccer-World-Cup/2014/07/01/id/580242/.

[7]       “Ann Coulter is not so much wrong as stupid about Soccer,” 6/26/14, http://flowbear.blogspot.com/2014/06/ann-coulter-is-not-so-much-wrong-as.html.

[8]       Jonathan Corbett, “Americans enjoying the World Cup is driving Ann Coulter crazy,” 6/26/14, http://happyplace.someecards.com/world-cup/americans-enjoying-the-world-cup-is-driving-ann-coulter-crazy-usa-usa-etc/.

[9]       Maury Brown, “How Ann Coulter Lost Her Mind Over World Cup Soccer,” Forbes, 6/26/14, http://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2014/06/26/how-ann-coulter-lost-her-mind-over-world-cup-soccer/.

[10]     See Preface: “Arrogance of Power,” Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf. For a series of case studies showing how her arrogance is manifested, see Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[11]     For an examination of how addictive thinking (denial, projection, rationalization, etc.) plague Coulter, see The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011, at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty/pdf.

[12]     See Chapter 8: “Truth – True Freedom in Christ,” The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, 2012, www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[13]     Sean Hannity, Ft. Myers, FL, 12/21/13.

[14]     Sean Hannity, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 11/22/13.

[15]     Sean Hannity, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 11/1/13.

[16]     Sean Hannity, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 10/17/13.

[17]     See Chapter 7: “Embracing Liberty,” Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf, Chapter 16: “Conscience and Innocence,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf, Chapter 2: “The Cuckolding of Conscience,” The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011, at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf, and Chapter 4: “Forgiveness: Required of All Believers,” The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, 2012, www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[18]     Daniel Borchers, Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, pg. 51, at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

[19]     Lauren Ashburn, Media Buzz, FNC, 6/29/14.

[20]     See Appendix 1: “Is Breaking Bad Breaking Good for Ann Coulter?” Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.