Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ann Coulter: Cruel and Unusual

The New York Daily News got the word right this morning with its headline, "Coulter the Cruel." Just as Ann Coulter planned, her remarks about the 9/11 widows have created a media uproar. That's her modus operandi and we all knew it going in. But this time is different. To suggest these women are enjoying the experience of being 9/11 widows, is so far past a media stunt, that it made me feel sick. Ann Coulter has enough meanness to affect your view of humanity in general. How could a species produce such a creature? Why do so many creatures of the Far Right embrace her so openly?
Recently we've witnessed a religious family who drive around to funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and hold up banners saying the soldiers were killed because God is mad about homosexuality.
Can you imagine the grieving families? On top of everything else, they have to hear these people mouth off at their son or daughter's funeral? As cruel as that is, it is perfectly understandable because it's a religious thing. People have always been able to inflict tremendous pain on others in the name of God. In fact, they believe they're actually doing their victims a favor. What's a little torture now compared to eternal salvation? That's the line of reasoning, although I use the word "reasoning" loosely.
But to be this cruel just to hype a book? That's hard to fathom, even if the 9/11 widows had done something wrong. So what did they do to become part of the Ann Coulter book tour? Simple. They would not sit silently by and watch the Bush administration try and gloss over the event that killed their spouses. For some reason, President Bush and Dick Cheney are very afraid to have the facts leading up to 9/11 looked at, and you can take that any way you want. Remember after the White House finally caved on this issue, and they tried to put Kissinger in charge? Remember how President Bush would only testify if Dick Cheney was with him?
So now we have the backlash to Ann Coulter's remarks. The world isn't busy enough. We have to drop what we're doing and deal with this. The 9/11 widows have to deal with this. You know, it was less than 5 years ago. That's not long if you're trying to get over a loss of this magnitude. I've got an idea. Maybe the widows can do something. Maybe they can stage the memorial services of their husbands again so Ann Coulter can stand outside the church, holding up a big cover of her new book, and protest at their funerals.

9/11 Widows, New York Papers, Respond to Coulter's 'Slander'


At 9:40 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Not only that (nice piece), but she's a lying sack of shit about our gay marriage contest in 2004. She claimed it passed despite opponents (of the measure banning same sex marriage) outspending supporters 40-1--a blatant falsehood. It wasn't even 50% more.

At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Freelancer, do you ever speak up about similar vitriol that comes DAILY from the left? Ever peruse Democratic Underground? Have you ever spoken out against the hundreds of 'errors' in Michael Moore's F9/11? I thought so.

At 12:02 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

The 4 main 9/11 widows Ann Coulter targeted fought the Bush White House to get the 9/11 Commission, so I wouldn't bring up errors about 9/11 as your example. If it were up to President Bush we wouldn't have looked into it at all. Why is that? A lot of people feel Michael Moore's film didn't go far enough in examining the strange goings-on prior to the attack. By the way Ann has amplified on her initial remarks calling these women "witches."
She also wondered if the men killed in 9/11 wouldn't have divorced these women anyway, had they lived. Just a wonderful example of right wing discourse. Enjoy the book.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Anon said...

The Jersey girls had the moral courage to call for an investigation into their husbands deaths. A move which made them the enemy of far right extremists who would rather monopolise 9/11 and the grief of the victims' families for their own political purposes.

Imagine a murder which the government refused to investigate under over a year after the victim's death, now imagine if thousands died and were injured, the crime was used to justify two wars, numerous intrusions into civil liberties and erosion of human rights and international laws and the government refused to investigate until a year after the event, and then only because of pressure from external forces.

Imagine a crime scene which was destroyed before an investigation could take place, with vital clues shipped overseas to be melted down.

Coulter doesn't like the 9/11 widows because their existence challenges the use by the far right of the victims' memory for their own personal gain and partisan political agenda.

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say that our friend torrid is right.
pet postings

At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The main 'widow' has also used her new found fame to campaign for gay marriage (which I support BTW) and to attack this administration's fiscal policies and leadership in general. They put themselves out there as political pundits and they should expect like kind from other political pundits. Personal tragedy does not make one immune to criticism and scrutiny.

Freelancer, as for Michael Moore's film, it has been widely debunked on so many fronts I don't know where to begin. Basically it is a movie of fiction. If you choose to accept ist as fact, that is merely a product of your irrational political bias. I won't try to talk you out of that.

Now, since you want to cherry-pick 'discourse' to bolster your argument, I'd be interested in your comments on Air America's Mike Malloy calling Laura Bush a "murderer" over a car accident she was in as a teen that killed her boyfriend. You won't hear about that on Good Morning America.

At 11:20 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

I'm not going to play "deflect from the topic" with you. My post was about Ann Counlter's recent comments. Am I to assume since you didn't denounce them that you support what she said, or are you going to drag up other people to avoid the issue?
Criticism and scrutiny are one thing. Saying these women were enjoying their husbands' deaths is another.

At 11:24 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Uh, actually criticism and scrutiny are two things, but I think you got my point.


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