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Guilty … of Being Right: An Interview with Ann Coulter

The conservative flamethrower discusses her new book, the media's affection for liberals, and how to combat the left.

Bernard Chapin


February 2, 2009 - 12:00 am
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Ann Coulter needs no introduction as she is probably the most famous conservative in America. Yet here at PJ Media we believe in being thorough, so one will be provided anyway.

Ms. Coulter started out her career as a lawyer, graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. Ms. Coulter practiced law in New York City and then worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee. She also was a litigator for the Washington, D.C., Center for Individual Rights.

After that she became absolutely fabulous — or at least absolutely notorious. In this year of America’s would-be messiah, Barack Obama, Ms. Coulter is the bête noir of the mainstream media. Our biased press overseers despise many individuals but none more so than the enduring and menacing Ms. Coulter.

As a writer, her work is a skillful war upon the lies and pathologies of the political left. Her technique is to use emotion, humor, and reason as a means to undo the conventional wisdom that is political correctness, a “wisdom” that has so disgracefully blackened our times. She stands as a bulwark against cultural Marxism and sets a magnificent example for other conservatives to follow.

As she suggests to me below, she’s penned a multitude of best sellers. Indeed, at the time this introduction was written, her latest book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, is number two on the New York Times Best Seller List (even though they conspicuously decided not to review it).

Previously, she published If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, and High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton. Ms. Coulter also maintains a website of her own in which her weekly columns for the Universal Press Syndicate can be found.


BC: Ms. Coulter, congratulations on the release of Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America. Personally, I thought it was your best work since Treason. Just in case there’s anyone who has not heard of the book, what is its overall theme?

Ann Coulter: Liberals play victim in order to advance, oppress, and create real victims. In other words, they are like the fireman who goes around setting fires.

BC: It seems that the left hates you more than any other conservative figure.

Ann Coulter: Thank you.

BC: You’re welcome, but this is an incredible accomplishment in my view. You can always tell a person’s worth by the vileness of their enemies. What’s your opinion as to why they deride you so?

Ann Coulter: Because they’re spineless little girls in pretty dresses who can’t play rough because it musses up their hair. The women are even worse.

BC: I watched your interviews on the The Today Show, The Early Show, and The View. What I found most glaring was the complete dishonesty on the part of the interviewer-hosts. They pretend to be average persons when they are, in fact, leftists. This seems a ubiquitous practice among our opponents. Overall, how much of their electoral success depends on deception?

Ann Coulter: It’s amazing that Republicans ever win any elections with the most powerful institution in America — the mainstream media — trying to turn all conservatives into this week’s Emmanuel Goldstein, while treating the most ghastly liberals as if they are sparkling Adonises. (See my chapter, “Brave, Beautiful Liberals.”) There wouldn’t be a Democratic Party without the mainstream media propping it up.

BC: The funniest thing about your appearances in the media is the fashion by which they attempt to keep you from speaking. Frankly, are not such attempts an admission of weakness on their part?

Ann Coulter: Yes.

BC: And do you think that conservatives would be transcendent if our voices were equally heard?

Ann Coulter: Yes.

BC: I must say that I am filled with admiration for the way you sat before those inquisitors/twits on The View and remained dignified throughout. Apart from publicly displaying your bravery, what’s the payoff from appearing alongside those demented harpies?

Ann Coulter: Being around that bunch makes me feel younger and more attractive! It’s like going to a spa.

BC: Do you have any untelevised comments from that appearance you wish to share? Perhaps something along the lines of their lambasting you during a commercial break?

Ann Coulter: Actually I think the show speaks very well for itself. That’s why the video is linked on my webpage, Only liberals try to recast their public TV appearances later, in fictional versions where they look good and the conservative looks bad. See, e.g., the movie Frost/Nixon — and I don’t mean actually go see the movie; just consider the utter insanity of developing a fictional version of what was a live TV interview. Rewriting history is bad enough, but now they’re rewriting television interviews. Next, I expect Alan Colmes to release a movie Hannity & Colmes in which the actor playing Colmes suddenly wins all the arguments.

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