Monday, August 30, 2004

Ann Coulter - Urgh

For a comprehensive and well researched treatment of the playing fast and lose with journalistic ethics perpetrated by Coulter see Al Franken's "Lies...". For just a wee tastie though - the poutingsorority girl/dominatrix proudly claims on her bio a profile in "the Guardian (UK)".

Well, knowing the Grauniad I couldn't believe it was a paean to the peroxide princess so I thought I'd take a look at this prodly boasted coverage:
"[You] stay transfixed, staring at the TV - your jaw slack with disbelief at her sheer gall. The sweeping extremism of her statements coupled with her consuming self-confidence"

"Since National Review is an unwavering organ of the American right, getting sacked from there for being too rightwing takes some doing. Coulter was too politically incorrect even for those who loathe political correctness. She is hardly repentant. (She slammed those who fired her as "just girly-boys".)"

" she flits from one rightwing prejudice to another, taking not so much as a gasp for oxygen"

"[H]er views tend towards the obnoxious and her journalistic methods towards the pretty appalling. It's not just the factual slips - she cites Bobby Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, as an early example of Islamic terrorism, even though he was a Christian - but her willingness to make the most sweeping, generalised statements on the flimsiest of evidence"

" Coulter makes the link that made even Tony Blair squirm with embarrassment, the fictitious connection between Saddam and al-Qaida. She goes further, describing the Muslim-persecuting, fiercely secular Ba'athists - those who made a capital crime of praying too zealously - as "Islamic totalitarians"."

Read the full article online - Jon Friedland seems to be able to keep his erection under control long enough to get to the point : Coulter is a hypocritical, uninformed bigot.

Oh - and to those who believe the americans don't do Irony: this woman who, on September 13 2001 wrote "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." (yep - that wacky Coulter again...) was a litigator for "the Center For Individual Rights in Washington, DC, a public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual rights with particular emphasis on freedom of speech, civil rights, and the free exercise of religion".


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