Monday, July 03, 2006

I Wish I Was Ann Coulter

I guess the truth is out.

The reason why I've written articles about the plagiarism in Ann Coulter's "work" is because I secretly want to be her.

Message by Coulter fan:

Who the hells Ron Brynaert????

Ron Brynaert?

Ron Brynaert is a has-been, never-been, never-will-be, useful-idiot who wishes he could be Ann.

I"ll be he dresses up reeeaaal goood an has a perty mouth...LMAO...jealous bee-achhhh

If only I could be one/tenth the hateful, lying, hypocrite that Ann Coulter is.

Besides, The Rude Pundit has got a much pertier mouth than me.

I'm still working on the next installment to the Ann Coulter plagiarism saga, but since I'm going through it with a reeeaaal, perty comb it's going to take me longer than anticipated to finish.

But how about a couple more examples of Godless errors in Ann Coulter's book, which was published by Crown Publishing Group at Random House, a company that doesn't seem to spend much time fact-checking or editing Ann's books.

Mistakes from Ann Coulter's Godless: The Church of Liberalism:


A Coulter two-for-one mistake:

From Chapter 1, Page 8, Coulter writes:

In the 1970s, Paul Ehrlich wrote the best-selling book The Population Bomb, predicting global famine and warning that entire nations would cease to exist by the end of the twentieth century—among them, England.

Erhrlich's book came out in 1968 (Google examples), and his oft-repeated quote - "I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000." - wasn't in The Population Bomb (link Michael Fumento, since she only trusts conservative sources).

This next one isn't a's an out-and-out distortion.

From Chapter 1 Page 15, Coulter writes:

Within a few weeks of each other in early 2006, both Rolling Stone and Newsweek magazines displayed their ignorance of Biblical passages cited during interviews. In a Rolling Stone interview, Republican senator Sam Brownback criticized countries like Sweden that had legalized gay marriage, quoting the line from Matthew "you shall know them by their fruits."

The interviewer, Jeff Sharlet, interpreted Brownback’s scriptural quotation as a homophobic slur. Soon gay groups were demanding an apology from the senator. (All I can say to that is: how niggardly of them.)

Coulter is clearing implying that Rolling Stone's Sharlet didn't recognize the line as scripture. She's lying. He did. He recognized it as scripture perverted to espouse homophobia.

Rolling Stone:

He shakes his head in sorrow, thinking of Sweden, which Christian conservatives believe has been made by "social engineering" into an outer ring of hell. "You'll know 'em by their fruits," Brownback says. He pauses, and an awkward silence fills the room. He was citing scripture -- Matthew 7:16 -- but he just called gay Swedes "fruits."

How the Washington Post covered it:

Deep in Rolling Stone's 7,000-word profile of Republican Sen. Sam Brownback , the conservative Kansan picked a startling bit of Scripture to explain his opposition to homosexuality.

"You look at the social impact of the countries that have engaged in homosexual marriage," he said, citing the example of Sweden to writer Jeff Sharlet before adding: "You'll know 'em by their fruits." An awkward silence followed, in Sharlet's telling.

It's a reference to Matthew 7:16 -- often interpreted to mean that one can judge a prophet's sincerity by his deeds -- but, Sharlet noted, it kinda sounded like the senator was calling gay Swedes "fruits."

A spokesman in Brownback's office said someone would return our calls to discuss this, but no one did yesterday.

The next week Brownback issued a statement:

When quoting Matthew 7:16, ‘Ye shall know them by their fruits,’ I was in no way referring to sexual orientation. While this biblical passage was pertinent to our overall conversation about faith and deeds, it apparently led the writer to believe I was making a joke; I was not and would never do so with such a personal and sensitive issue.

If Coulter wants to take Brownback's word that he meant no disrespect to gays, Swedes, apples or oranges, that's her prerogative. But "ignorance of Biblical passages" has absolutely nothing to do with this situation, and borders on slander.

Both Coulter passages came from the first fifteen pages of her book, and there are still more that I found in that first chapter that I'll write about at a future date (probably not for at least a few weeks).

p>(Note: I originally wrote Coulter's buddy to refer to Michael Fumento as a joke but I've been informed that they hardly know one another so I removed it)


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