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June 06, 2006

Matt Lauer Takes on Ann Coulter

She is astoundingly awful.  There is a clip of Matt taking on Ann Coulter on Today this morning that will make your hair stand on end.  At least she was challenged this time.  I would think that her time in the public eye will be coming to an end after this, but I suppose that is wishful thinking.  At the risk of giving her more publicity, I give you Think Progress which has the clip of this:

In her new book, “Godless,” right-wing pundit Ann Coulter writes of the 9/11 widows:

"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzies. I have never seen people enjoying their husbands’ death so much."

She was confronted about the statement this morning by NBC’s Matt Lauer. Coulter accused Lauer of “getting testy.”

Posted by Lynn Allen on June 6, 2006 at 09:20 AM in Media | Permalink

Comments

You know, there are people out there who keep insisting that she is merely a "performance artist," and should be ignored. I say, anyone who makes piles of money flinging endless piles of abusive "humor" about needs to be muzzled. She truly sounds like the early Nazis talking about Jews.
Shall I set up as a progessive antidote to her, and create harangues about bigots? About ugly reactionaries so repressed they freak out about anyone having sex who isn't white, fat and Republican? Whose only "sport" is golf? Oh, wait, that's reality...

Posted by: isabelita | Jun 6, 2006 6:23:46 PM

"I say, anyone who makes piles of money flinging endless piles of abusive "humor" about needs to be muzzled." Bwahahahahahahahahahaha! Who is the Nazi here?

Posted by: NW Denizen | Jun 7, 2006 9:18:05 AM

Ann makes a point. If these women are given free reign to criticize goverment officials, foreign policy and get to go to address congress based upon loosing a loved one, then they have to accept that people will speak up and should speak up. They went from widows to activists, which is their right, but as I said we all don't have to sit quietly and take it just because they are widows.

Posted by: Ron Olivier | Jun 7, 2006 12:51:23 PM

Ron, anyone in the United States has free reign to criticize government officials. These women were certainly some of the hardest hit among us in terms of losses on September 11, and as such, Congress and the media pay special attention to people perceived as more likely to support retaliatory action by our military. The fact that they have not blindly condoned government action since the attacks, but thoughtfully considered more factors than just their own anger and pain shows that they are not seeking mere vengeance for their own sakes - exactly the opposite of what Coulter accuses them of. I'm not sure what you feel that anyone is telling you to "sit quietly and take" - a viewpoint that differs from your own? It makes me sad that so many conservatives in this country perceive a differing viewpoint as some sort of attack rather than a starting point for dialogue. People like Ann Coulter increase the venom on the right a thousandfold in order to line their own pockets - she has made more money off of these widows grief than they have. She doesn't care about you or your children, Ron. She cares only about getting rich by slandering people who are trying to heal their grief in a positive way, even if not everyone agrees with their opinions.

Posted by: Leigh | Jun 7, 2006 2:35:25 PM

I agree that Ann Coulter's statement was overboard and could've used some tact, but does anyone else notice that if Matt Lauer likes a guest he will just hand out some softball questions but if he doesn't like someone, he will hammer them with anything available. If you think I am wrong, just pay attention the next time some conservative is on his show.

Posted by: Dennis Butz | Jun 7, 2006 5:24:53 PM

She is drowning in a sea of stupidity. Hopefully the minions start to see her for what she is...

Posted by: K Fitzgerald | Jun 7, 2006 8:47:09 PM

Matt Lauer made a fool out of himself (again)! As with his former partner (now departed to evening news), he again proves that there is no substance to their positions and that he is incapable of handling a conservative debate. He was in way over his head.

Posted by: B. Sereika | Jun 7, 2006 8:55:12 PM

Ann Coulter is the one that looked like a fool with Matt Lauer. He was asking her to respond to the tasteless statement she made about those 911 widows. I guess it doesn't bother her one bit, more publicity and more book sales for her. She's just a right wing shrew.

Posted by: Steve W. | Jun 7, 2006 9:49:06 PM

All politics aside, this is a person who had the lack of taste to suggest someone is enjoying that their spouse died by burning, or being crushed, or by dying of dehydration, because they managed to stay alive for longer than a few days while firemen looked for them in vain.

Nice.

That's all I need to know about her.

Posted by: daphne | Jun 12, 2006 10:43:58 PM

The local daily newspaper here in Northeast Mississippi -- a bastion of deaf, dumb and blind onservatism -- had the wisdom to cease publishing Coulter's column more than a year ago. I don't remember the specific points but Coulter, who I had quit reading years earlier, wrote blatantly false statements and subsequently refused to address them, whether by defense or retraction. She is in the business of making money, supported by white males who would gladly lick clean her toilet seat, even as they're pouring more money into her bank account.

Posted by: Richard Cotton | Jun 13, 2006 5:45:58 AM

That woman is revolting, absolutely putrid.

Posted by: Cindy | Jun 13, 2006 9:30:21 AM

What amazes me with respect to conservatives and liberals is how utterly closed minded the liberals are. Conservatives are also closed minded to the other side of most issues, but liberals love to play open while yelling at anyone who disagrees with their point of view. Conservatives and liberals alike are nothing more than cowboys and indians taking pot shots at each other for the sake of the fight. There are many justifiable issues to any argument. So what Coulter wrote a book engulfed in her opinion, what liberal wouldn't jump on a book deal for a few million to express their point of view. If you don't like it, don't read it, don't pay attention to it. You know you feed off of conservatism, embrase it, who would you have to yell at if there were no conservatives around?

Posted by: James | Jun 13, 2006 10:07:50 AM

This isn't about being a conservative. This is about being an attention-grabbing shrew. Had Coulter said "While the country grieves with the 9/11 widows, and with everyone who lost a loved one that day, I disagree with their point of view and here's why..." there would be NO story. No, instead she accused these women of enjoying their husbands' gruesome deaths. Instead of quietly but effectively making a valid point, she grabs the headlines for herself but makes the conservative cause look stupid and mean-spirited.

Posted by: Kate | Jun 13, 2006 11:03:43 AM

I don't like Ann. I think she's stinky.

Posted by: Ali | Jun 13, 2006 11:17:43 AM

Love her...smells great!

Posted by: reese | Jun 13, 2006 7:20:29 PM

Matt Lauer thinks the war in Iraq has nothing to do with the war on terror?
The Dem.s are so myopic on this, hiding their heads in the sand.

The goal is to stablize (in the long run) the middle east. Short term turbulance should be expected by this endeavor. Long term, peace.

Posted by: MikeT | Jun 14, 2006 11:53:26 AM

The Dems are NOT myopic on this. The conservative right has tried pushing America into believing that we are at war in Iraq because of September 11th. I bet if you ask random Americans they will say that Iraq staged 9/11. It is this misperception...this misleading commentary about the war in Iraq being a "war on terror" that I cannot stand. Iraq didn't cause/start 9/11...the Al Qaeda in AFGHANISTAN did. Iraq is a completely separate war for a completely separate issue, but the conservative right and Dubya are clouding that point for their own gain.

Of course the widows became activist after 9/11. Lots of people become activits after tragedy. Look at all the bills that have been passed in someone's "honor" after changing laws that could have protected their loved ones. Family violence bills, stalker laws, child abduction laws...the friggin' Amber Alert system. All because a family member of a deceased or hurt loved one fought and fought and fought in the wake of a tragedy to ensure that no one would ever have to feel the way they feel, or deal with that kind of loss. But the second someone does this in question of their beloved, ignorant, conservative PRESIDENT and his equally ignorant, misleading, conservative government, now they are money-hungry broads. Unacceptable.

I didn't see Ann Coulter protesting "The Brady Bill".

Posted by: Rebecca | Jun 14, 2006 1:16:24 PM

Ann Coulter's attack of the 9/11 widows exemplifies the right wing idea of debate. Since she doesn't have a valid argument to dispute what they said, she resorts to ad hominem attacks. Name-calling, belittlement, and humiliation are the only strategy the right wing uses effectively.
On a side note, the media consistantly mentions that the right wing, and Bush specifically, are trying to reach their "base." Coincidentally (maybe) al Qaeda translates to "the base." I guess that's what all murdering extremists call their followers.

Posted by: Joseph Emmons | Jun 14, 2006 3:13:16 PM

I agree completely with Joseph. She has no valid points and therefore has to personall attack these widows who just want to be heard. What I don't understand is why she made it her responsibility to speak out against these women saying they're "enjoying their husbands deaths". Was she somehow personally affected by what these women have said? Or is she just looking for a reason to speak out?

I think she's the one who's enjoying the pain she has caused to the poor women that made the most out of a terrible situation by becoming activists. Of course they aren't "enjoying" their husbands deaths; that's absolutely absurd.

People should not be condemned for having an opinion and letting others know about it. She acts as though they had been trying to force her to agree with their views, and she seems to feel she has to go to extremes in order to let everyone know she feels attacked.

Or...maybe she's just a money/attention hungry b*tch looking for a way to make her way by writing her ridiculous books. There are always a few leeches out there who can't live without sucking the goodness out of their surroundings so they are able to feel important or good even if it means most everyone is aware of it and calls them out on it. What should that matter...it's just more attention right?

I think she's an idiot that needs to apologize to the widows of 9/11 and then find something better to do with her time and money.

Posted by: Staci | Jun 15, 2006 2:31:31 PM

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