Saturday, February 26, 2005

Coulter Defends Guckert By Lying About Hart, Clinton and Kerry

Ann Coulter wrote such a ridiculous column about James Guckert (aka Jeff Gannon), you'd almost think the queen of the right-wing loonies was on the Bush administration's payroll.

Coulter wrote from the gut -- facts be damned. She put into words things the uneducated masses can accept as truth, even when the facts say otherwise. And with the well-oiled right-wing media machine backing her -- Fox News, Regnery Publishing, WABC, etc. -- apparently no one cares when Coulter lies through her teeth. She's got the paychecks to prove it.

In her Feb. 24 column, Coulter attacked congressional Democrats for "demanding" that an independent prosecutor investigate how Guckert, using a pseudonym, received White House access.

The merits of the Democrats argument? Coulter couldn't find any, even though Guckert has suggested he saw a secret document leaking the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame -- a leaking being investigated by a federally appointed prosecutor. Coulter didn't see any merits to the Democrats' call for an investigation, even though it's against White House rules to use a pseudonym -- and such things are supposed to be vetted by the FBI and the Secret Service before granting access to the President. Bush Press Secretary Scott McLellan recently admitted to Editor & Publisher that he didn't realize Guckert was using a pseudonym for nearly two years, reversing a statement he had made earlier this month to The New York Times.

Coulter had other ideas.

"How did Gary Hartpence, Billy Blythe and John Kohn run for president under invented names?" she asked.

As pointed out by mediamatters.org, the question is typical Coulter lunacy.

-- Former Senator Gary Hart (D-CO) changed his name from Hartpence after his parents changed the family last name, in the late 1950s.

-- Former President Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe IV after his deceased father, but in high school assumed the last name of his stepfather, Roger Clinton.

-- Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) was born John Forbes Kerry and has never held the surname "Kohn." His grandfather changed his name from Fritz Kohn to Frederick Kerry in 1901.

I don't know whether Coulter knows any of the above. But does it matter? The wild accusations are so easy for Coulter to rattle off -- facts be damned -- and it's so pleasing for the uneducated masses who crave reasons to hate Democrats.

Plus, by screaming such incoherency from the hills, Coulter is able to drag down what should be legitimate questions about how Guckert gained access to the White House, and possibly gained access to confidential documents about a CIA agent.

Coulter wants people to be distracted from the truth when it doesn't flatter her conservative agenda. That's her job. Ignore the facts, and cash those large paychecks.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is an idiot. Unfortunately there are many like that on both political sides and in life in general. A shame that she makes lots of money but thats the way it is. I dont know too many people, other than far right republicans, who give her any credence. That group's views are so entrenched i wonder if it matters if they listen to her or not. similar to the very far left.

i cannot stand her but she is what she is.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who on the left gets the airtime or newspaper space, without any regard for the truth, that Ann Coulter gets?

It's a lazy conservative response -- well, she's bad, but the left is just as bad. There's no evidence presented, just conservative spin.

Find a publisher that backs the left the way Regnery's friends back its authors. It doesn't exist. Regnery publishes a piece of crap, and then various right-wing groups purchase books by the thousands to give away to radio listeners, eventgoers, etc. That drives up sales and makes the Ann Coulters of the world Top 10 authors. But go into your local Barnes & Noble and watch how many people buy those books -- next to no one.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so then who is reading it

has janeane garafolo written a book yet

3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, I hope not.

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coulter is guilty of what I learned long ago in High School debate class: a faulty comparison. There is no valid merit in attempting a comparison between Clinton's, Hart's or Kerry's alleged sur name with the situation with Gluckert. None. Nothing. It's too stupid to even discuss except to discuss how stupid it is.
What applies in high school debate class does not apply to professional journalism, unfortunately. And the Republicans have mastered the art of violating all principles of truth or fairness to manipulate the uneducated masses. We can learn something from morons like Coulter and the likes of her Republican ilk: the call for improved pre-college education.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous joe said...

I agree with the above, except that you are assuming that Coulter is stupid. She isn't. She knows exactly what she is doing. She is making a broad swipe that will please her listeners, viewers and readers, and she knows that 98% of those listeners, viewers and readers won't bother to look up the information and fact check.

It's the equivalent of giving someone with diabetes a large chocolate bar. It tastes good, but it doesn't help the person at.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Rush and Bill O. pioneered this technique - they are the political commentator equivalent of the National Enquirer. It only dignifies their snickering yellow bloviatings to feature their remarks on a blog about (of all things) journalists!

Maybe if we all pretend we don't see her she'll go away? Seriously though, how can one argue with someone who is clearly living on a totally different plane of "reality"? (that's not rhetorical, any suggestions for how to debate a crazy person?)

2:20 PM  

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