Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Ann Coulter on Newsnight

I haven't read much of Ann Coulter's utterances: some quotes, the odd op-ed and reports of yet another polemic here or there; that's about it. I'm not really about to start my further education on this Doberman pincer of the American Far Right either. Coulter is living proof that if one somehow manages to get one's outrageous and obnoxious views dissipated by the MSM, a substantial revenue stream follows, as sure as night follows day. You get the impression Coulter simply doesn't believe in what she says or writes, that she is merely a rather caricatural persona, invented only for the purpose of topping bestseller lists.

Last night Jeremy Paxman had the honour of meeting Coulter via video link on Newsnight, in what cannot reasonably be described as an "interview", rather a series of sputtering attempts to get something going. Paxman was definitely not asking the right questions and as a consequence didn't get much by way of answers. Coulter kept her game up, confirming ubiquitously that she "believes in everything she writes", including the ridiculous crap about "Darwinism is a faith belief system without any evidence to support it".

You can see the actual interview here.

And here are some noteworthy quotes from the SS storm trooper of the American Right, courtesy of a US blogger.

  • "I think [women] should be armed but should not [be allowed to]vote."

  • "I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote."

  • To a disabled Vietnam vet: "People like you caused us to lose that war."

  • "God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals,the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'"

  • "My only regret with [Oklahoma City bomber] Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building,"

  • "I would like evolution to join the roster of other discredited religions, like the Cargo Cult of the South Pacific...It may sound silly, but in defense of the Cargo Cult, they did not wait as long for evidence supporting their theory as the Darwinists have waited for evidence supporting theirs."

  • "Perhaps we could put aside our national, ongoing, post-9/11 Muslim butt-kissing contest and get on with the business at hand: Bombing Syria back to the stone age and then permanently disarming Iran."

  • "I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo."

  • Describing Muslims: "camel jockeys", "jihad monkeys", and "tent merchants"

  • "It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950— except Goldwater in 64 — the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted."

  • "But while some Americans express pride in their slave-trading ancestors by calling themselves "African-Americans" and donning African garb, pride in Confederate Catholic vote, Democrats could demand that those Masonic symbols be removed from the The Great Seal of the United States. And how about the American eagle? The eagle is a bird of prey and hence offensive to rodents, a key Democrat constituency.

You might be tempted to believe that with such a level of gratuitous vacuousness, the American Right shouldn't be to difficult to defeat, but you'd probably be wrong... G-d Bless Amewikah.


At 7:06 PM, Anonymous graniab said...

It's really time that this old hag got herself a real job. I cannot believe that her latest work is #1 bestseller.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Idiocy sells. Period.

At 7:15 PM, Anonymous graniab said...

Gert I am ashamed to admit it but some people in the US actually like her - and think that 'she is a kick'.

At 7:28 PM, Blogger markfromireland said...

Nobody ever went bust underestimating .....

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Richard said...

So, old Mr Barnum's been proved right, again -- again.

There is one born every minute.

(And many of 'em buy her particular brand of bullshit, on a regular basis).

At 9:27 PM, Anonymous graniab said...

Just to keep you guys retching she is also considered 'hot'!

At 10:33 PM, Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

Alright Gert and Richard will hate me... Some of her stuff....surely a little tounge-in-cheek and I found quite amusing.

It's interesting; following on from Gert's previous post about liberalism, in the US 'liberal' has become a term of contempt, "Damn liberals, liberal media" etc.

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Gert said...


Tongue in cheek is the last thing entering my mind when I think of Coulter...

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Jultra, no way would I hate you. I can well understand any sane person thinking 'she MUST be joking'.

The problem is that the vast majority of her backward, backwoods-type followers see/hear her as some sort of an authority/expert.

She's a rabble rouser, like quite a few other so called celebrities over in the states. In short, she [and those others] are downright dangeous.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Gert: I don't consider myself as a member of the American far-right but am prone to right-of-center opinions when it comes to intermantional politics and the economy. On abortion, I'm strongly pro-choice and on civil rights issues, a bit of a lefty, coming from a Jewish household but then again I don't live in America so I'm not sure my word counts.

About this stupid woman(I don't know much about her besides the info. you've posted): she seems more insane than right-winged. Even the most avid right-winged Americans wouldn't agree with her as far as I can see, though maybe most neo-Nazis would.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Gert said...


She certainly gets some rightwing eyeballs rolling to heaven as well, no doubt not everyone on the American right is enamoured with her...

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Gert: though you're right about certain elements within the fringe right in America drooling for whatever-her-face, I doubt any serious individuals pay much attention to her bull.


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