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Ann Coulter



From the UK, George Sassoon says:
"There has been quite a bit about this right-wing American lady, Ann Coulter, in the British press, but I have not yet noticed any discussion of her in WAIS. She was attacked for calling Africans "savages" on the grounds that they cut off the arms and legs of children. Recently, she said of rogue Middle-Eastern states: "we should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity."

RH:
I seem to have heard her name, but that is all. There may be WAISers better informed than I.

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From the UK, George Sassoon said that arch-conservative Ann Coulter was creating quite a sensation there. From Moscow, Cameron Sawyer says: "Well I know her quite well. She and I were at Michigan Law School together, and participated in setting up the Federalist Society chapter there. She is a very bright and interesting person; a serious conservative intellectual. She was a star student at Michigan, which is just about as competitive a law school as exists. I don't care for her books much, which I find shrill and uninteresting, but she is doing her part, as she sees it, for the cause".

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Christopher Jones says: "Ann Coulter sounds like a female Adolf Hitler. A so-called US democracy is out to "Kill the leaders" of independent states? Just because they are Moslems and don't agree with the occupation of Palestine? I think the Americans have lost their marbles; it looks like its OK to use mafia tactics on the Mugabes of this world but I wonder if she would advocate killing Sharon too?"

RH:
Here is an excerpt from an assessment of
"Ann Coulter: The Jargon Vanguard" by Brendan Nyhan (brendan@spinsanity.org):

"The last few years have witnessed the emergence of a new class of pundits. Many, regrettably, are prodigies in the aggressive political jargon that pervades our political discourse. Perhaps the most egregious is Ann Coulter, a nationally syndicated columnist and cable talk show guest. Her trendy tone of snarky cynicism is complemented by some of the most consistently emotional, subrational jargon in national politics, as shown by an analysis of her columns. Coulter is an attorney turned professional talking head who was a major player in the conservative opposition to President Clinton. She wrote a book on Clinton called High Crimes and Misdemeanors and helped Paula Jones with her legal case, among other things. Like some others in the conservative press, Coulter's specialty has been attacking liberals. Although one column mentions her "swooning" for President Bush during the campaign and that she remains "doe-eyed" (2/22), it's the only one this year that focuses on Bush."

"Coulter's position at the vanguard of rhetorical manipulation makes a close analysis of her work worthwhile. Let's examine the rhetorical techniques she uses, which range from the simple to the sophisticated. At the basic level, her columns often open with inflammatory attacks like calling Ted Kennedy an "adulterous drunk" (1/18) and joking that President Clinton had "crack pipes on the White House Christmas tree" (3/16). Also, she often brings up figures and organizations despised by the right, including Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (mentioned three times in two columns [3/8, 4/5]), the American Civil Liberties Union (4/19, 4/26, 5/17, 6/15), Hustler publisher Larry Flynt (1/4, 4/19, 5/17), actress/singer Barbra Streisand (1/4, 5/24 [omitted from Townhall.com listing], 6/28) and rapper Sister Souljah (3/29)."

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Daryl DeBell is no great fan of Ann Coulter: "I have seen Ann Coulter on TV. She is a very pretty, highly opinionated right winger, so far to the right that she hardly bears listening to. e.g. She virtually accuses all Democrats of treason. Treason being the title of a book she has written. She really does not deserve serious consideration",

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This comment from Clyde McMorrow shows that Ann Coulter has a mixed reputation: "Wow. This discussion of Ann Coulter amazes me. I thought she was an entertainer. The right-wing diatribe, made popular by Rush Limbaugh (who does claim to be an entertainer), seems to make good radio and TV and attracts an audience that enjoys this type of parody and is attractive to advertisers. I am sure that no one takes her seriously. When I first heard her program I thought it was a satire of Richard Perle. As to Cameron Sawyer's comment that Ms Coulter was "a star student at Michigan" one wonders if that is the equivalent of a social promotion from Yale".

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John Gehl says: "I've been highly amused by the condescending and mildly hysterical reaction of some WAISers to Ann Coulter's entertaining polemics, and am wondering whether their dainty sensibilities would have been similarly offended by entertainers such as Swift, Kraus, Brecht, Chaplin, or BruceĽ. RH: Don't point a finger at me. John: I am blissfully ignorant, indeed indifferent.

Ronald Hilton - 01.25.04


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