Ann Coulter

Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American author, columnist, and pundit. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events.

Known for her controversial style and conservative views, she has been described by The Observer as "the Republican Michael Moore", and "Rush Limbaugh in a miniskirt". Coulter has described herself as a "polemicist" who likes to "stir up the pot" and makes no pretense at being "impartial or balanced". She is known for her expressed disdain for the Democratic Party and American liberalism.

Ann Coulter was born to John Vincent Coulter (born 1926) and Nell Husbands Martin Coulter (born February 28, 1928, Paducah, Kentucky). Her maternal grandfather Hunter Hart Martin (1897-1954) was originally named Hunter Hart Weissinger, but changed his name.

After her birth in New York City, the family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, where Coulter and her two older brothers (James M. [born 1957] and John) were raised. She has described her family as "upper middle class" and has termed her attorney father a "union buster". She owns homes in New York and Florida.

As an undergraduate at Cornell, Coulter helped The Cornell Review, and was a member of the Delta Gamma national women's fraternity. She graduated cum laude from Cornell in 1984, and received her law degree from the University of Michigan, where she achieved membership in the Order of the Coif and was an editor of The Michigan Law Review. At Michigan, Coulter founded a local chapter of the Federalist Society and was trained at the National Journalism Center.

After law school, Coulter served as a law clerk for Pasco Bowman II of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and was an attorney in the Department of Justice Honors Program for outstanding law school graduates. After a short time in private practice in New York City, she worked for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where she handled crime and immigration issues for Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan. She later became a litigator with the Center For Individual Rights.

Coulter is single and resides in the Palm Beach, Florida area. She has reportedly dated conservative author Dinesh D'Souza, HBO talk show host Bill Maher, and Spin magazine founder Bob Guccione, Jr.. She is a fan of the Grateful Dead, and some of her favorite books include The Bible, Wuthering Heights, Anna Karenina, most true crime stories about serial killers, or anything by Dave Barry.

Prior to moving to Florida, Coulter lived in New York City.

Coulter has gained renown as a political commentator who combines serious analysis with a willingness to use insult humor and sometimes plain insults against people she feels (not excluding herself) behave foolishly or wrongly. When asked by Brian Lamb how she would characterize her politics, she replied, "Conservative...evidently which means I believe in a being even higher than The New York Times, which could make me a member of the religious right, especially when you throw in that I would like taxes cut," and added, "I'd roll back the government probably as far as libertarians would."

Coulter's first national media appearance came after she was hired in 1996 by MSNBC as a legal correspondent. Time magazine said this about her tenure there:

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The network dismissed her at least twice: first in February 1997, after she insulted the late Pamela Harriman, the U.S. Ambassador to France, even as the network was covering her somber memorial service.... Even so, the network missed Coulter's jousting and quickly rehired her.

Eight months later, Coulter's relationship with MSNBC ended permanently after she tangled with a disabled Vietnam veteran on the air. Robert Muller, co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, asserted that "in 90% of the cases that U.S. soldiers got blown up in Vietnam—Ann, are you listening?—they were our own mines." (Muller was misquoting a 1969 Pentagon report that found that 90% of the components used in enemy mines came from U.S. duds and refuse.) Coulter, who found Muller's statement laughable, averted her eyes and responded sarcastically: "No wonder you guys lost." It became an infamous—and oft-misreported—Coulter moment.

But her troubles with MSNBC only freed her to appear on CNN and Fox News Channel, whose producers were often calling.

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post made a point to respond to the Time article to explain that his widely quoted misreporting of Coulter's reply to the veteran had its origin in Coulter's own later recollection of the incident. Describing his previous story, Kurtz added, "I did note that, according to Coulter, the vet was appearing by satellite, and she didn't know he was disabled."

She has made frequent guest appearances on television, including The Today Show, Hannity and Colmes, The O'Reilly Factor, American Morning, Crossfire, Real Time, Politically Incorrect, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's the fifth estate.

In 2005, Coulter appeared as one of a three person judging panel in The Greatest American, a four-part interactive television event for the Discovery Channel hosted by Matt Lauer. Starting with 100 nominees, each week interactive viewer voting eliminated candidates.

Coulter has appeared in four movies. She made her first movie appearance in 2004, when she appeared in three movies. The first was Feeding the Beast, which was a made-for-TV documentary on the "24-Hour News Revolution". The other two movies were FahrenHYPE 9/11, a direct to video documentary designed to rebut Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911, and Is It True What They Say About Ann?, a documentary on Coulter containing clips of interviews and speeches.

In 2006, Coulter refused permission to include a scene featuring herself and Al Franken in a debate in Connecticut in Franken's film, Al Franken: God Spoke.

Ann Coulter has been a frequent guest on many talk radio shows, including Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mike Gallagher, and others.

Coulter is the author of five books. All have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Her first book, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton (ISBN 0-89526-113-8), was published by Regnery Publishing in 1998. The book details Coulter's case for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Her second book, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right (ISBN 1-4000-4661-0), published by Crown Forum in 2002, remained number one on The New York Times Best Seller list for seven weeks. In Slander, Coulter argues that President George W. Bush faced an unfair battle for positive media coverage.

Her third book, Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism (ISBN 1-4000-5030-8), also published by Crown Forum, defends the presidency of Richard M. Nixon and claims Democratic politicians and the media have treasonously undermined United States foreign policy. She also claims that Annie Lee Moss was correctly identified by Joseph McCarthy as a Communist. Treason was published in 2003, and spent 13 weeks on the Best Seller list.

Crown Forum published a collection of Coulter's columns in 2004 as her fourth book, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter (ISBN 1-4000-5418-4).

Coulter's fifth book, published by Crown Forum in 2006, is Godless: The Church of Liberalism (ISBN 1-4000-5420-6). Coulter argues, first, that liberalism rejects the idea of God and reviles people of faith, and second, that it bears all the attributes of a religion itself. Godless debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Coulter's weekly syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate is printed in more than 100 newspapers nationwide, and linked to by many conservative websites, including and Her syndicator says, "Ann's client newspapers stick with her because she has a loyal fan base of conservative readers who look forward to reading her columns in their local newspapers."

Coulter also writes an occasional legal column in the conservative magazine Human Events, in which she discusses judicial rulings, constitutional issues, and legal matters affecting Congress and the executive branch. Coulter was the subject of a TIME magazine cover story in April 2005.

Generally, her columns are highly critical of liberals and Democrats. In a recent one she wrote:

This year's Democratic plan for the future is another inane sound bite designed to trick American voters into trusting them with national security.

To wit, they're claiming there is no connection between the war on terror and the war in Iraq, and while they're all for the war against terror — absolutely in favor of that war — they are adamantly opposed to the Iraq war. You know, the war where the U.S. military is killing thousands upon thousands of terrorists (described in the media as "Iraqi civilians", even if they are from Jordan, like the now-dead leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi).

Coulter's controversial style of writing has caused some publishers to disassociate themselves from her.

In 2001, as a contributing editor and syndicated columnist for National Review Online (NRO), Coulter was asked by editors to make changes to a piece written after the September 11 attacks. On the national television show Politically Incorrect, Coulter accused NRO of censorship and claimed she was paid $5 per article. NRO dropped her column and terminated her editorship. Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large of NRO, said, "We did not 'fire' Ann for what she wrote ... we ended the relationship because she behaved with a total lack of professionalism, friendship, and loyalty."

Coulter contracted with USA Today to cover the 2004 Democratic National Convention. She wrote one article that began, "Here at the Spawn of Satan convention in Boston..." and referred to some unspecified female attendees as "corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie chick pie wagons." The newspaper declined to print the article citing an editing dispute over "basic weaknesses in clarity and readability that we found unacceptable." An explanatory article by the paper went on to say "Coulter told the online edition of Editor & Publisher magazine that 'USA Today doesn't like my "tone," humor, sarcasm, etc., which raises the intriguing question of why they hired me to write for them.'" USA Today replaced Coulter with conservative columnist and frequent CNN commentator Jonah Goldberg, and Coulter published it instead on her website.

In August 2005, the Arizona Daily Star dropped Coulter's syndicated column citing reader complaints that "Many readers find her shrill, bombastic and mean-spirited. And those are the words used by readers who identified themselves as conservatives."

Following the publication of her fourth best-selling book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, in July 2006, some newspapers replaced her column with those of other conservative columnists:

* The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announced that it was replacing Coulter's column with that of David Limbaugh, stating that, "the complaints that mattered the most were from the conservative readers."
* The Augusta Chronicle of Augusta, Georgia explained that they felt that her "stridency" had crossed the line.
* The Shreveport Times announced that they were considering dropping Ann Coulter in favor of another conservative columnist because "She is more about entertainment and self-promotion," and that they had "come close" before.
* Yes! Weekly of Greensboro, North Carolina replaced her column with that of William F. Buckley due to the plagiarism allegations as well as her comments on 9/11 widows, with readers' responses to the question running two to one for replacing her. The editor wrote, "Sure, there will be some who bemoan her absence from our pages and others who will question my decision to pull from our ranks a writer whose book currently sits atop the New York Times bestseller list. And they may have a point -- she's sold a lot of books. But I'm not gonna be helping her do it anymore. So goodbye, Ann. It's been a wild ride."

Coulter proclaims Christian religious beliefs. At one public lecture she proclaimed her faith in Jesus Christ, saying: "I don't care about anything else: Christ died for my sins and nothing else matters." Confronting some critics' views that her content and style of writing is un-Christian, she has stated that "I'm a Christian first and a mean-spirited, bigoted conservative second, and don't you ever forget it." She has also said, "... Christianity fuels everything I write. Being a Christian means that I am called upon to do battle against lies, injustice, cruelty, hypocrisy—you know, all the virtues in the church of liberalism."

Time magazine's John Cloud reports that he attended a service with Coulter at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, a church which boasts a typical weekly attendance of 4,400, and where she worships and often brings guests, although when asked in response to this article, a Redeemer official stated that Coulter is not a member of the church and that the leadership do not know her.

She also quotes Christian scripture in her work. Godless begins with: "They exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creation rather than the creator.... Therefore, God gave them up to passions of dishonor, for their females exchanged the natural use for that which is contrary to nature. — Romans 1:25-26"

In addition to her frequent media appearances and popular writings about politics and political beliefs, Coulter's political activities have included advising a plaintiff suing the president and considering a run for Congress.

Coulter debuted as a public figure shortly before becoming an unpaid legal advisor for the attorneys representing Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton.

Coulter disagreed with the lead lawyer, Joseph Cammaratta, who advised Jones that her case was weak and to settle it. From the onset, Jones had sought an apology from Clinton at least as eagerly as she sought a settlement. However, Coulter said she believed the case was strong, that Jones was telling the truth, that Clinton should be held publicly accountable for his misconduct, and that a settlement would give the impression that Jones was merely interested in extorting money from the President.

David Daley, who wrote the interview piece for the Hartford Courant recounted what followed:

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Coulter played one particularly key role in keeping the Jones case alive. In Newsweek reporter Michael Isikoff's new book Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story, Coulter is unmasked as the one who leaked word of Clinton's "distinguishing characteristic" — his reportedly bent penis that Jones said she could recognize and describe — to the news media. Her hope was to foster mistrust between the Clinton and Jones camps and forestall a settlement...

'I thought if I leaked the distinguishing characteristic it would show bad faith in negotiations. Clinton lawyer- Bob Bennett would think Jones had leaked it. Cammaratta would know he himself hadn't leaked it and would get mad at Bennett. It might stall negotiations enough for me to get through to Jones adviser Susan Carpenter-McMillan to tell her that I thought settling would hurt Paula, that this would ruin her reputation, and that there were other lawyers working for her. Then 36 hours later, she returned my phone call.

'I just wanted to help Paula. I really think Paula Jones is a hero. I don't think I could have taken the abuse she came under. She's this poor little country girl and she has the most powerful man she's ever met hitting on her sexually, then denying it and smearing her as president. And she never did anything tacky. It's not like she was going on TV or trying to make a buck out of it.'

Coulter also told Isikoff, "We were terrified that Jones would settle. It was contrary to our purpose of bringing down the President."

The case went to court after Jones broke with Coulter and her original legal team, and was summarily dismissed. The judge ruled that even if her allegations proved true, Jones did not show that she had suffered any damages, stating "plaintiff has not demonstrated any tangible job detriment or adverse employment action for her refusal to submit to the governor's alleged advances. The president is therefore entitled to summary judgment on plaintiff's claim of quid pro quo sexual harassment," and dismissed the case. Clinton settled with Jones for $850,000 ($151,000 after legal fees) in exchange for not appealing the decision. The Jones lawsuit had led to the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Coulter wrote a book critical of Clinton called High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton.

Coulter later wrote a very critical column on Paula Jones in 2000, calling her "trailer park trash" and a "fraud", after she revealed that she would pose for nude pictures in an adult magazine, Jones saying she needed the money for her grade-school-aged children's college education. Coulter wrote: "Paula surely was given more than a million dollars in free legal assistance from an array of legal talent she will never again encounter in her life, much less have busily working on her behalf. Some of those lawyers never asked for or received a dime for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal work performed at great professional, financial and personal cost to themselves. Others got partial payments out of the settlement. But at least they got her reputation back. And now she's thrown it away." Jones claimed not to have been offered any help with a book deal of her own or any other help after the lawsuit.

In 2000, Coulter considered running for Congress from Connecticut on the Libertarian Party ticket to serve as a spoiler in order to throw the seat to the Democratic candidate and see that Republican Congressman Christopher Shays failed to gain re-election, as a punishment for Shays's voting against the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. The leadership of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut, after meeting with Coulter, declined to endorse her. As a result, her self-described "total sham, media-intensive, third-party Jesse Ventura campaign" did not take place.

Coulter is under investigation by election officials in Florida for filing an inaccurate voter registration form in June 2005. Coulter's voter registration form lists her real estate agent's address instead of her own home address. In March, 2006, elections officials had given Coulter 30 days to explain the inaccuracy.

According to poll worker Jim Whited, Coulter tried to vote in the February 7, 2006, town council election at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, where she should vote based on her actual address. Although Coulter initially tried to vote in the proper location, Coulter left the precinct as soon as Whited inquired about the discrepancy in her address and voting precinct. She then cast her ballot in the precinct down the road, St. Edward's, that matched the address on her registration, which was actually the incorrect location for someone with her actual street address.

In 2002, an opinion column in the Washington Post stated that in 1980, Ann Coulter registered to vote in New Canaan, CT, where the legal voting age is 18. A Connecticut driver's license listed her birth date in December 1961, but a driver's license issued to her years later in Washington, D.C., said she was born in December 1963.

Liberal comedian, actor, author and political commentator Al Franken has questioned the factual accuracy of her books, and is also critical of her use of endnotes by taking the cited passages out of context. Others have investigated these charges, with equivocal results. Coulter responded to these and similar criticisms in a column called "Answering My Critics", where she claims "the most devastating examples of my alleged 'lies' keep changing" and that some accusations of her factual inaccuracy are either outright wrong or really just "trivial" factual errors (e.g. calling "endnotes", "footnotes", or incorrectly identifying Evan Thomas's grandfather, Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas, as his father).

On page 134 of Coulter's book Slander, Coulter claims that during Reagan's Iran-Contra scandal, Reagan's approval ratings fell five percent, from 80 to 75%. A Christian Science Monitor article is cited from January 7, 1987. In actuality, the article states that Reagan's approval ratings fell from 63 to 47%.

In Slander, Coulter alleges The New York Times did not cover NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt's death until two days after he died:

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"The day after seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt died in a race at the Daytona 500, almost every newspaper in America carried the story on the front page. Stock-car racing had been the nation's fastest-growing sport for a decade, and NASCAR the second-most-watched sport behind the NFL. More Americans recognize the name Dale Earnhardt than, say, Maureen Dowd. (Manhattan liberals are dumbly blinking at that last sentence.) It took The New York Times two days to deem Earnhardt's death sufficiently important to mention it on the first page. Demonstrating the left's renowned populist touch, the article began, 'His death brought a silence to the Wal-Mart.' The Times went on to report that in vast swaths of the country people watch stock-car racing. Tacky people were mourning Dale Earnhardt all over the South!"

The The New York Times did cover Earnhart's death and covered it on the front page. Earnhardt died on February 18, 2001. Another article appeared in the Times on the front page, on February 19, 2001, one day later, after their initial front-page story, written by sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, making it two days in a row the The New York Times covered Earnhardt's death. Coulter cites an article indeed written two days later, by Rick Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize winner who grew up in the South, who wrote a personal piece on Earnhardt and his passing, bringing the total to three times in which the Times covered Earnhardt, three days in a row.

Coulter responded to this widely-publicized error by saying, "In my three best-selling books — making the case for a president's impeachment, accusing liberals of systematic lying and propagandizing, arguing that Joe McCarthy was a great American patriot, and detailing 50 years of treachery by the Democratic Party — this is the only vaguely substantive error the Ann Coulter hysterics have been able to produce, corrected soon after publication. Congratulations, Liberals!!! this last sentence in all capital letters" She added, "At least I didn't miss the Ukrainian famine (cf., Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Walter Duranty)."

In June 2006, the New York Post reported that John Barrie, CEO of iParadigms and creator of the iThenticate plagiarism detection software, had found at least three examples of what he and his program claim is plagiarism in Coulter's book Godless and other examples in the last 12 months of her syndicated columns. Others have provided further instances of alleged plagiarism, bringing the total number reported to 25.

The examples of alleged plagiarism include:

* Alleged plagiarized passage: "As New Hampshire attorney general in 1977, Souter opposed the repeal of an 1848 state law that made abortion a crime even though Roe v. Wade had made it irrelevant, predicting that if the law were repealed, New Hampshire 'would become the abortion mill of the United States.'"

* Alleged source: "In 1977, Souter as state attorney general spoke out against a proposed repeal of an 1848 state law that made abortion a crime -- even though the measure had been largely invalidated by the Supreme Court in Roe. vs. Wade… 'Quite apart from the fact that I don't think unlimited abortions ought to be allowed . . . I presume we would become the abortion mill of the United States.'"

* Alleged plagiarized passage: "Between 1982 and 2001, spending on New York City public schools increased by more than 300 percent, clocking in at $11474 per pupil annually."

* Alleged source: "In New York City, funding for public education has more than tripled since 1982, rising to $14.8 billion from $3.8 billion. In terms of per-pupil spending, that's an increase to $11,474 (for 2000-2001) from $4,165."

Lee Salem, editor and president of Universal Press Syndicate, the company that distributes Coulter's column, rejected the allegations, saying a review of the work in question turned up nothing that merited concern. "There are only so many ways you can rewrite a fact and minimal matching text is not plagiarism," he said in a statement.

Crown Publishing Group, the publisher of Godless, also rejected the allegations of plagiarism, characterizing the allegations "as trivial and meritless as they are irresponsible." Coulter has been known to use endnotes extensively. For example, in her book Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, which incorporates 780 endnotes, she stated that she had to include so many endnotes since she felt that the publisher would "jump on every single sentence" and "say it's not true."

In August 2006, the David Brock web site Media Matters for America, investigating Coulter's use of endnotes, claims that they are "rife with distortions and falsehoods". Out of 344 endnotes in her book Godless, it cites fourteen. The claimed distortions and falsehoods include:

* Citing a New York Times article that is close to 20 years old.
* Misspelling the name "Feldt" as "Febit".
* Citing a Washington Times article that quoted an "unsubstantiated claim by a Republican member of Congress".
* Referring to a 1995 editorial as having appeared in 1997.
* Referring to "opinion pieces" as "articles".
* Attributing a quotation from famous scientist Fred Hoyle to famous scientist Francis Crick.
* Stating private school teacher salaries are 60% less than public school teacher salaries when the source Coulter quotes states, "Starting pay in private schools begins at 78 percent that of public schools, rises to 92 percent of public school pay by a teacher's 12th year, and declines thereafter." The source also states "The last comprehensive analysis, performed during the mid-1990s, indicated that average private school salaries were slightly less than 60 percent of average salaries in the public schools," and explains that the 78 percent figure applies to a highly-selected sample of private school teachers.

Coulter's editors have responded stating that they will change any mistakes found.

While she is in constant demand on the US lecture circuit, Coulter's polemics sometimes start firestorms of controversy, ranging from rowdy uprisings at many of the colleges where she speaks to protracted discussions in the media.

Coulter has been the subject of several protests when speaking on college campuses.

On one occasion, during an appearance at University of Arizona, a pie was thrown at her, causing $1,830 worth of damage to a stage backdrop. The two perpetrators were charged with criminal damage, and one of them later said, "We were throwing pies at her ideas, not at her." Ann claims that she was not hit by the pies, which were thrown by liberals who "throw like girls", and that the College Republican women in attendance "gave them a beating they won't forget."

In another instance, Coulter was heckled while speaking at a crowd of 2,600 at the University of Connecticut to the point that she ended her speech early and began to take questions from the audience, remarking that "I love to engage in repartee with people who are stupider than I am." A student said of the rowdy crowd, "It really appalled me that we're not able to come together as a group and listen to a different view in a respectful environment."

Speaking at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, on January 26, 2006, Coulter said of United States Supreme Court Justice Stevens, "We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' crème brûlée. That's just a joke, for you in the media."

At a February 23, 2006 appearance at Indiana University, Bloomington, in a speech titled, "Liberals Are Wrong About Everything", she claimed, "Liberals hate God and hate America," and that there was no hope for the Democratic party. Her speech was frequently interrupted while protestors were removed. The school's newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student, reported that during the Q&A session, a young man asked her if she didn't like Democrats, wouldn't it just be better to have a dictatorship; Coulter replied: "You don't want the Republicans in power, does that mean you want a dictatorship, gay boy?" Shane Kennedy, then president of the IU College Republicans student group, defended her comments, saying, "I think the guy could have been more respectful to her."

In her book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, Coulter criticizes the four 9/11 widows known as the "Jersey Girls", writing that they abused their status as widows by acting as partisans to push for the 9/11 Commission, to harshly criticize the G.W. Bush administration and its security policies, and to campaign for presidential candidate John Kerry. The purportedly partisan activities of the "Jersey Girls" have also been commented upon by other observers.

The reaction to Coulter's more recent comments from her book Godless invoked heated responses; in it Coulter wrote:

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These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them. ... I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much ... the Democrat ratpack gals endorsed John Kerry for president ... cutting campaign commercials... how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy."

These statements were described by U.S. Congressman Rush Holt as "hateful, divisive and ignorant" and reportedly disturbed families of 9/11 attack victims.

In a long chapter titled "Liberal Doctrine of Infallibility: Sobbing Hysterical Women", Coulter argues that one of liberalism's proselytizing techniques is to choose "people with 'absolute moral authority' - Democrats with a dead husband, a dead child, a wife who works at the CIA, a war record, a terminal illness..." as spokespersons to advance political goals. Doing so stifles a rational debate of the policy being advanced, according to Coulter, since "you can't respond to them because that would be questioning the authenticity of their suffering."

She lists a catalogue of such persons as Cindy Sheehan, gun-control activist Carolyn McCarthy, paralyzed actor and embryonic stem-cell activist Christopher Reeve, disabled Vietnam veteran and anti-Iraq-war activist Max Cleland, and the four Jersey Girls.

Coulter's description of these women has garnered criticism, some of it invoking the memory of the women's deceased husbands. The book was released on June 6, 2006, and that morning, Matt Lauer of NBC's The Today Show interviewed Coulter. He questioned the propriety of several of its statements about the Jersey Girls, including "They believe the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony. Apparently, denouncing Bush was part of the closure process." She defended the challenged statements and remarked that Lauer was "getting testy" with her.

The next day, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) called Coulter's charge a "vicious, mean-spirited attack", suggesting that Coulter's book should have been titled Heartless.

Coulter later responded to Senator Clinton: "Before criticizing others for being 'mean' to women, perhaps Hillary should talk to her husband who was accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick and was groping Kathleen Willey at the very moment Willey's husband was committing suicide."

On the same day, Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) called Coulter a, "hatemonger" on the floor of the House and urged his Republican colleagues to denounce her as well. Later, Tim Roemer, a member of the 9/11 Commission and a former Democratic Congressman, urged Americans not to buy Coulter's book.

She has consistently defended her words and makes no apologies, even goading her critics by repeating her criticism of the Jersey Girls in subsequent columns. "If you're upset about what I said about the Witches of East Brunswick, try turning the page. Surely, I must have offended more than those four harpies."

When asked by John Hawkins if she regretted a statement she made implying that she wished Timothy McVeigh had bombed The New York Times instead of the Federal building in Oklahoma City, Coulter replied: "Of course I regret it. I should have added, 'after everyone had left the building except the editors and reporters.'" Lee Salem, the president of Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes Coulter's column, later defended Coulter by saying that she was a brilliant satirist who does not mean it when she periodically wishes violence or even death on liberals and other "traitors". The subject came up again when she appeared on the Fox News program Hannity & Colmes. Alan Colmes mentioned Salem's claim, and asked her if she wanted to take back the earlier statement that Timothy McVeigh should have bombed The New York Times office, especially if reporters were inside. She responded, "No, I think the Timothy McVeigh line was merely prescient after The New York Times has leapt beyond -- beyond nonsense straight into treason, last week," Coulter replied (referring to a Times report that revealed classified information about an anti-terrorism program of the U.S. Government involving surveillance of international financial transactions of persons suspected of having Al-qaida links). E&P staff reported Alan Colmes as sarcastically calling her remarks "great humor", and that it "belongs on Saturday Night Live. It belongs on The Daily Show."

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, Coulter has advocated a more warlike response to terror and fanatic terrorists. On September 12, 2001, the day after the attacks in which her friend Barbara Olson had been killed, she wrote in her column:

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Airports scrupulously apply the same laughably ineffective airport harassment to Suzy Chapstick as to Muslim hijackers. It is preposterous to assume every passenger is a potential crazed homicidal maniac. We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now.

We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.

Coulter has been highly critical of the U.S. Department of Transportation and especially its then-secretary Norman Mineta. Her many criticisms include their refusal to use ethnic profiling as a component of airport screening.

Coulter also called for increasing the power of U.S. law enforcement agencies to search Muslims, describing the testimony of Coleen Rowley, an FBI whistleblower who argued before the Senate in 2002 that in cases where Muslims suspected of a crime are known to be affiliated with radical fundamental Islamic groups or even simply had lived in England, authorities should be granted a search warrant based on probable cause, neither of which could have been considered a factor before 9/11, and which actually prevented Zacarias Moussaoui, later convicted of conspiring with the 9/11 hijackers, from being searched prior to attacks. Coulter cited a poll by the Daily Telegraph which found that 98 percent of Muslims between the ages of 20 to 45 said they would not fight for Britain in the War in Afghanistan, and that 48 percent said they would fight for Osama bin Laden, said she agreed with Rowley, "certainly after Sept. 11", and concluded: "The FBI allowed thousands of Americans to be slaughtered on the altar of political correctness. What more do liberals want?"

She wrote in another column that she had reviewed the civil rights lawsuits against certain airlines to determine which airlines had subjected Arabs to the most "egregious discrimination" so that she could fly only that airline. She also said that the airline should be bragging instead of denying any of the charges of discrimination brought against them. In an interview with the The Guardian she quipped, "I think airlines ought to start advertising: 'We have the most civil rights lawsuits brought against us by Arabs.'" When the interviewer replied by asking what Muslims would do for travel, she responded, "They could use flying carpets."

One notable comment that drew criticism from the blogosphere as well as fellow conservatives was at a Conservative Political Action Conference, where she stated "I think our motto should be, post-9-11: raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences."Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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