Have you heard about Ann Coulter? She’s got a big mouth and some people think she’s funny. I don’t really think so. She’s doesn’t have big mouth like, say, Chris Rock. While, it’s obvious that her business is entertainment, just like Rock’s, that’s not what she makes herself out to be. According to her bio: “Coulter is the legal correspondent for Human Events and writes a popular syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate.” She’s a conservative pundit with credentials like being “named named one of the top 100 Public Intellectuals by federal judge Richard Posner in 2001.” We shouldn’t get upset when what she says is just a joke, but Jon Stewart doesn’t claim he’s anything more than a comedian and satirist on his bio. This misrepresentation is part of why people get so riled when she says mean and hateful things.
I was discussing some of the reprehensible things she says (which I won’t bother to repeat here…just go to her site; she’s hardly shy) when another overheard my and motivated by the hypocrisy of it all, said “Oh come on, it’s not like she’s the only one. Liberals say just as many mean and nasty things. The media makes a big deal about Coulter because she’s conservative.”
I have quite a few problems with this remark. The first one I stated right then and there: “I think Coulter’s comments are unacceptable hate speech. That there are liberals engaging in the same doesn’t make her any less guilty. I will hold the liberal (and libertarian) equally accountable.” It’s obviously silly that we should forgive Ann because, well, folks on the other side of the political aisle in the United States are just as bad.
But are they? I figured Google would know. I did several searches and came up near empty. I found this example by a conservative leaning blogger intended on exposing leftist hate speech. After reading it I wasn’t satisfied. One of the comments left on this post explains the same thing I noticed when I read an example quote on the site by Jesse Jackson. I thought, “hey, that was a long time ago.” The comment sums things up with this:
I can’t help noticing that some of them are as much as 23 years old. In fact, of these 24 quotes, barely a third were spoken in this century (counting from 2001) – only two within the last year. On average, these quotes are almost 8 years old.
In addition to including Louis Farrakhan for four of those 24 quotes (anybody who calls Farrakhan a liberal to his face would probably have to watch out for the reaction!) it seems there weren’t really all that many credible examples after all. I’ve read Coulter and I’ve read Franken. I don’t really like either of them, personally, but Franken just doesn’t seem even a 10th as mean-spirited. I think Micheal Moore would do more good for his cause if he’d grow up a bit, but he too doesn’t seem to actually be wishing much violence on others.
I hope someone reading this will prove me wrong on those last subjective statements. Like I said, I’d be happy to condemn both of the liberals (although I don’t care much for what either of them have to say, in any event) but even if that happens, this goes no where toward forgiving Ms. Coulter and doesn’t mention that she probably has 24 nasty quotes like those listed every year.
If she’d admit she’s really a comedian, that might be one thing. Then we could all laugh at her buffoonery. For now, it’s just sensationalistic, headline grabbing, pandering. I kinda feel dirty even writing about it and giving her the time of day.