RWN’s Coulter Interview Makes It Into Newsmax And Editor & Publisher

Ann Coulter’s comment about John Murtha in the interview that I did with her has made Newsmax and Editor & Publisher although neither publication saw fit to link back to Right Wing News.

Here are the comments from Newsmax, which appear to have largely been cribbed from the Editor & Publisher article:

“Following the controversy created by her new book “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” Ann Coulter has stirred up new outrage with a comment about outspoken anti-Iraq war Congressman John Murtha.

In an e-mail interview with John Hawkins at the Right Wing News Web site, Coulter was asked for comments on several prominent individuals. When the name of Pennsylvania Democrat and ex-Marine Murtha came up, Coulter remarked: “The reason soldiers invented ‘fragging.’”

“Fragging” became a familiar term during the Vietnam War and refers to soldiers trying to kill their own officers.”

Although, I wouldn’t have phrased that like Ann did, I would say in her defense that in that quote she didn’t say that she wanted to kill Murtha, she’d didn’t say that she thought he should be killed, and she didn’t say that she thought Murtha should have been fragged. Is that hair splitting? Some people might think so, but given that some of her critics seem to be accusing her of saying those things, when she clearly did not, it’s worth noting.

Of course, when you try to accurately talk about the gist of what Coulter said, as they did in a 2nd article at Editor & Publisher, you end up saying something that comes out about like this:

“Ann Coulter hasn’t lost any of her 100-plus newspaper clients, or the support of her syndicate, Universal Press Syndicate, despite her nasty remarks in her new book about 9/11 widows and her comment in an onlne interview implying that, perhaps, U.S. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) should be “fragged.”

That doesn’t sound quite so snappy, does it? Maybe they need to do another interview with Ann on say, the O’Reilly show, where they can discuss the RWN interview to get down to the bottom of what she really meant. And, if Ann’s book get’s flogged a bit more while they’re talking, well, what can you do? ;D But, personally? I think she phrased it the way she did to draw exactly that reaction.

You can read the interview here and make up your own mind.

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