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Ann Coulter Responds to Media Matters Attacks

Wednesday, 07 Jan 2009 07:50 AM

By Phil Brennan

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The far left attack dog Media Matters for America is obviously unhappy with Ann Coulter’s new book “Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America.” published a 6,000 word compilation of a dozen alleged lies contained in her book which unmasks some of the left’s sleaziest tactics.

Media Matters, according to widely respected pollster Frank Luntz is “one of the most destructive organizations associated with American politics today … They are vicious. They only understand one thing: attack, attack, attack.”

Newsmax asked Ms. Coulter to respond to each attack on her meticulously researched book, and she agreed.

Here is each Media Matters claim, followed by Ms. Coulter's response, point-by-point. [Get Ann's new book "Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America" FREE - Go Here Now].

Media Matters: Coulter claims that two black students who engaged in a hoax by hanging a black doll from a noose were "immediately praised" by "liberals," but the sources she cites do not support this claim.

Coulter: “Just because something is not footnoted does not make it false. I am one of the few writers who includes footnotes as service to my readers.

“But as long as you ask, among the praise for the perpetrators of the hoax hate crime was a statement by the president of Duke in a baccalaureate address reprinted in the Duke magazine. (Available at:

http://www.dukemagazine.duke.edu/dukemag/issues/070801/depgar.html) President Nannerl Keohane cited the hoax as a ‘protest,’ listing it with other admirable protest activities pursued by Duke students that year. She went on to note that in response to the protests, ‘“[p]rogress has been made.’”

MM: On Page 15, Coulter writes, "Fox News has never been caught promoting a fraud - unlike CBS (Bush National Guard story), ABC (tobacco industry report), NBC (exploding GM trucks), CNN (Tailwind), and MSNBC (Keith Olbermann)."

In fact, as Media Matters has documented, on several occasions since 2004, Fox News has issued a retraction and apology for airing a news report that repeated false information, one of which led Fox News' Vice President for News John Moody to reportedly warn staff in January 2007 that "seeing an item on a website does not mean it is right. Nor does it mean it is ready for air on FNC."

Coulter: “Media Matters cites a few mistakes in anchors’ remarks on live TV on a 24-hour news station (soon corrected). I am citing massive investigations leading to documentary-style specials, such as CBS’s special report on Bush’s National Guard Service using forged documents or CNN’s 'Tailwind' investigation accusing the U.S. military of intentionally killing American troops - fraudulent stories these networks defended and held onto like grim death until they simply couldn't anymore. Making a mistake is not 'perpetrating a fraud.' For more on this see Webster’s Third International Dictionary."

MM: Coulter falsely claims that "the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth weren't forced to retract any part of their story. [Page 100]" In fact, the organization altered its website's account for which the U.S. Navy awarded Kerry his first Purple Heart three days after Media Matters noted that the account was inconsistent with that of the group's star witness, retired Rear Admiral William L. Schachte Jr., who claims he was the commander on that mission.

Coulter: “The Swifties did not alter their website’s account of the December 2, 1968, mission. They always said Admiral Schachte was on the skimmer with Kerry. Schachte has so sworn in an affidavit. The correction of the website entry was to fix a mistaken description of Schachte as an enlisted man, rather than the lieutenant that he was. That is not a ‘retraction.’ Again, see the English language.”

MM: Coulter also suggests that the media ignored the allegations of the Swift Boat Veterans, writing, "The only way they could have gotten less attention would have been to be interviewed on Air America Radio." By the time the Swift Boat story had played out, CNN, chasing after ratings leader Fox News, found time to mention the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth - hereafter, Swifties - in nearly 300 separate news segments, while more than 100 New York Times articles and columns made mention of the Swifties. And during one overheated 12-day span in late August, the Washington Post mentioned the Swifties in page 1 stories on Aug. 19, 20, 21 (two separate articles), 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31.

Coulter: “This is the old left-wing time shuffle. The Swifties' May 4 2004 press conference and letter were universally ignored by the MSM until ... Three months later when John O’Neill’s book, “Unfit for Command” was published (on August 4) and became the smash No. 1 NYT bestseller.

“Only after ‘Unfit’ was the NYT No. 1 bestseller for two weeks in a row did the NYT deign to mention the Swifties – in slanderous attacks I lovingly detail in ‘Guilty.’ Inasmuch as I quote at length from these later MSM's attacks on the Swifties, I am hardly hiding that fact.”

MM: Coulter also falsely suggests that no witnesses supported Kerry's account that his convoy came under enemy fire during the March 13, 1969, actions for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Coulter: “No one - not even Kerry - now supports Kerry's original "no man left behind" story in his Iowa ad, which was also told by Rassmann. As I say, the only three living officers from that mission other than Kerry himself - Pees, Thurlow, Chenoweth – as well as 11 enlisted men say there was no return fire for Kerry to come under. I am not making a ‘suggestion,’ I am stating facts.”

MM: Coulter writes that Kerry "Carrie[d] a home-movie camera to war in order to reenact combat scenes and tape fake interviews with himself" during his tour in Vietnam [Page 100]. Coulter was repeating a discredited charge previously made by Internet gossip Matt Drudge and subsequently echoed by The New York Times and numerous cable and radio outlets during the 2004 presidential election.

Coulter: “Now Media Matters is accusing me of lying for believing what is printed in the New York Times. Can I please stop responding to these nuts now?”

MM: Coulter devotes four pages of “Guilty” [173-176] to discussing her false assertion that "Obama himself compared Palin to a pig and then denied doing so." In fact, Obama's September 9, 2008, statement, "you know, you can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig," did not refer to Palin, but rather to how a "list" of Sen. John McCain's policies were, according to Obama, no different from President Bush's.

Obama did not mention Palin in at least the 65 words preceding his "lipstick on a pig" comment, as Media Matters noted. Moreover, the expression "lipstick on a pig" is common political rhetoric - Obama had reportedly used the expression in the past, and McCain used it in 2007 in reference to Sen. Hillary Clinton's health-care proposal.

Coulter: “Well obviously, this is the precise point I devastatingly destroyed in the four pages I devoted to the issue. I’ll let readers decide who's right.”

Get your copy of Ann Coulter's new book "Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America" FREE - Go Here Now.

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