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Ann Coulter, Matt Lauer – And The Media

To give just one example of how our watchdog media can’t even report the simplest things accurately, we present Matt Lauer’s interview with Ann Coulter on this morning’s “Today Show.”

During Mr. Lauer’s inquisition interview he declared as a positive fact that Ms. Coulter had said she was “banned for life.” She never did. That was a quote from an NBC source reported by Matt Drudge.

Then Mr. Lauer offered another “direct quote”:

LAUER: You said all kinds of things. That one of the reasons you weren’t on the show was because the liberal mainstream media hates conservatives. I mean, you do know that —

COULTER: — I didn’t say that.

LAUER: Yeah, you did.

COULTER: Where did I say that?

LAUER: I think it was on Hannity & Colmes, or something like that.

COULTER: ‘That the mainstream media hates conservatives’? I didn’t say that —

LAUER (over): You know that we’ve had every major conservative —

COULTER: I have much more colorful language. I mean, you’re capturing the thought, that’s just not my language.

How many times have we seen the “mainstream media” confront a conservative live on the air with something that is purported to be a direct quote from them? Which, upon subsequent review, turns out to be not a direct quote after all?

As it happens Ms. Coulter did not say “the mainstream media hates conservatives” on Hannity & Colmes. (See below for the full H&C transcript.)

Admittedly this is a minor point. But it exemplifies an all too consistent pattern from our media masters.

Ironically, in another typical media ploy, later in the same interview Mr. Lauer pedantically chided Ms. Coulter for dropping the word “almost” from a sentence he quoted from her book.

For the record, here is the complete transcript from Hannity & Colmes:

Ann Coulter Calls Out Left for Playing the Victims

January 5, 2009 Monday

HANNITY: All right. She’s no stranger to controversy, and now Ann Coulter is calling out the left for pretending to be the victims when she says they are the victimizers.

Joining us now, the author of the brand-new book, just out today, "Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault on America," Ann Coulter, right here.

All right. I’ve got to admit: this is — this book not only makes great points on the back. It says about the press — what you write in the book — "The media really wanted to screw Obama, but only in the sense that they wanted to have sex with him."


HANNITY: You were holding back.

COLMES: Is that projection?

COULTER: Accurate, I think.

HANNITY: Well, it is an Obamamania media. I mean, it’s…


HANNITY: Michael Beschloss was on with "Imus in the Morning." That’s because "he has the highest I.Q. of any president."

So Imus goes, "Well, what is it?"

"He’s the smartest guy to ever become president."

"Well, what’s his I.Q.?"

"I don’t know."

And this is — all right. Let me ask you this. First of all, the headline on Drudge. What’s going on? You were scheduled for how many weeks to be on "The Today Show" tomorrow morning?

COULTER: For a long time, but the whole thing was a charade and a setup. It’s clear now.

HANNITY: They canceled you.

COULTER: Yes, well, I was never listed in the promo. People are wondering about that. I was never on their Web page, though their no- name guests were all listed. The interviewer forget we had a pre- interview and said he didn’t know who the interviewer was going to be.

So the whole thing was a setup from the beginning. It was to book me so that I wouldn’t go on, which I will be on, CBS News, "The Early Show." I love you, Harry Smith. But it’s going to be hard to have an interview with an MSN reporter and, you know, letting — having an argument. I’m going to love him so much for having me on. "I agree, Harry. I was wrong."

HANNITY: I can’t wait to see it.

All right. But you’ve had a few run-ins with Matt Lauer over the years. I mean, you’ve had…

COULTER: I don’t know why NBC — well, there was the Katie Couric thing. She’s not at NBC.

HANNITY: What was the Katie Couric thing?

COULTER: The affable, love of moronic (ph) TV. But she’s not there. She’s at CBS, and I will be on CBS tomorrow morning. No, I’m very upset about this.

HANNITY: And they’re denying — they’re denying that you’re banned for life. So are they backing off out of pressure or were you told you’re banned?

COULTER: I know the whole thing was a setup to block me from other TV shows. I know that their one conservative host, Scarborough, the head producer told the publicist, "No, I think we’ll pass on this book." Just the best-selling conservative author in America.

So I knew this was a setup. I’ve now heard — now I’ve been kind of busy. The book comes out tomorrow, not today. So I guess Matt Drudge gets results. That’s what we know.

And this is very upsetting. This is like being fired from Chrysler. Because NBC, I mean, they are just chugging along. I think if this book does well, I can buy NBC.

HANNITY: But now wait a minute. Chris Matthews had on the unrepentant terrorist, Bill Ayers. So here’s a guy that blew up the Pentagon and the Capitol, but they won’t let Ann Coulter on because you are too controversial? You dare to — look, I read the whole book cover to cover, and I love it, and it’s thoughtful. And you’re right: liberals do make themselves out to be victims when they are the victimizer all the time.

COULTER: Right, right.

HANNITY: I’ve never seen a presidential candidate get such favorable coverage as Barack Obama.

COULTER: Right. Right, so they can’t even…

HANNITY: They can’t hear — listen to different views?

COULTER: No, no.

HANNITY: But they’d interview Obama [SIC], unrepentant one.

COULTER: And one of the things I write about…

COLMES: You’re just jealous because Obama gets good press. It’s nice to have a president who does things right so they can get good press. Isn’t it, Ann.

COULTER: Well, NBC claims in what they told Drudge that they wouldn’t have me on because of the mean things I said about Obama in the book. But I’m not very mean to him. I’m mean to the press.

COLMES: I’m actually — I’m actually going to take up for NBC. Didn’t they — isn’t there a war going on in the Mideast? Isn’t there — sometimes you rebook guests because of wars that go on?

COULTER: And then you book Perez Hilton?

COLMES: No, no, no. With, wait.

COULTER: He got four hours, Alan.

COLMES: She spoke — he — he, rather. I’m thinking of Paris. He is booked in the fourth hour of the show.

COULTER: So was I, and that was canceled, too, Alan.

COLMES: But the fact is, sometimes they make changes because there’s, like, a war going on.

COULTER: Alan, they’re not going to be doing war for four hours. 
That’s silly.

COLMES: You know, you know the show is going to rebook all the guests.

COULTER: I knew they would say, "Oh, we have to cover Gaza." You have a bunch of no-name guests on. Knock it off.

COLMES: We rebook shows all the time.

COULTER: You’re interviewing me right now. Why aren’t we talking about Gaza?

COLMES: I don’t have much of a choice.

All right. Now, look, let’s talk about your book. How about that?

COULTER: I would love to.

COLMES: Now, you talk about "Single motherhood is like a farm team for future criminals and…"


COLMES: "… social outcasts."


COLMES: So you’re putting down single mothers. "We have a term for youngsters involved in children of divorces, or as I call them, future strippers." How sensitive of you.

COULTER: Yes, it’s very sensitive. Well, and it’s something that needs to be said. What I’m saying is there is no better example of victimizers who are treated like victims, and single mothers. This was not an accident that the illegitimacy rate has gone up 300 percent since 1970. This was a plan by liberals. Liberals claim…

COLMES: Wait, wait. Liberals want the rates to go up?

COULTER: They hate marriage. Yes.

COLMES: Liberals hate marriage. Wait a minute. Let me just take my ring off, OK?

COULTER: Yes. Well, there are laws. There are court rulings, and marriage has been under attack for 30 years. This is a plan. I have quotes in the book from liberals in the mainstream media. Movies promoting illegitimacy.


COULTER: You have the Supreme Court saying…

COLMES: Ann, you said…

COULTER: … that — that a good-for-nothing biological father can bust up an adoption. And by the way, adopted children, curiously enough, do better than non-adopted children. But they’re not given up for adoption.

COLMES: If you loved marriage, you’d be married by now, wouldn’t you?

COULTER: What we know is that children, no, you get married before having children is the point.

COLMES: Oh, you only get married to reproduce.

COULTER: Seventy percent of the inmates in prisons right now come from single-parent families. Seventy percent of teenage runaways. Seventy percent of teenage delinquents, 70 percent of drug abuse. All of this is a problem, not just of illegitimacy, of single motherhood. And single motherhood is…

COLMES: You’re making a statement. I have a very short time.

COULTER: I’m describing what the challenge (ph) is…

COLMES: You go after single motherhood, and then you go after Barack Obama and Halle Berry and Alicia Keys and what you call "matinee idol Barack Obama "…

COULTER: Matinee idol.

COLMES: … for dissing their fathers and having their mothers raise them.

COULTER: No, dissing their mothers who raised them while…

COLMES: Well, insulting the women who struggled to raise them.


COLMES: When you insult single mothers by saying they’re strippers and…

COULTER: I don’t insult single mothers.

COLMES: … they’re — it’s a recipe to create criminals. You’re insulting them.

COULTER: It is a recipe — no, it is a recipe to create criminals, strippers, rapists, murderers…

COLMES: So you’re insulting them.

COULTER: No, I am insulting single motherhood, which is avidly promoted by the left.

COLMES: So that’s what you are accusing Barack of doing.

COULTER: No, those are different chapters and completely different points. You are conflating two things that have nothing to do with each other.

The point is, in — on the Alicia Keys and Barack Obama, it is that all of these children of a black father who abandoned them and a white mother who raised them, they all identify with the ethnicity of their black fathers to establish victimhood and status in America.

COLMES: Are you accusing them of insulting…

COULTER: Because that is how you get ahead in America, by being a victim.

COLMES: And you accuse them of insulting the women who struggled to raise them. Yet, you have insulted them by calling them strippers.

COULTER: No, I didn’t call the mothers strippers.

HANNITY: Oh, my goodness.

COULTER: I said that this is a recipe for creating…

COLMES: Oh, their kids are strippers. OK.

COULTER: Yes. They will be, and that is a fact. You liberals pretend you care about facts.

COLMES: I am "you liberals."

COULTER: We have 30 years of analysis on what — on what single motherhood produces…

COLMES: We now continue with Ann Coulter. Her new book, "Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault on America," in stores tomorrow. Line up now.

All right. The — some of the things — you’ve got that smile on your face.

COULTER: I love arguing with you, Alan.

COLMES: You talk — thanks, so much. You call Scott McClellan, the former White House secretary — press secretary, retarded.


COLMES: Is that appropriate?

COULTER: Is it accurate?


COULTER: Yes, I think it is.

COLMES: That’s accurate? do you think that might be an offensive word?


COLMES: It’s not?

COULTER: No, it’s an accurate word. Are we going to go over this whole word?

COLMES: Based on what?

COULTER: Because I have one great fact I just wanted to get out there. From a liberal institute, from the chapter you were very upset about, on single mothers. They looked at single motherhood — and Sean is distracting me. Here I am on the other side.

COLMES: He’s going to be talking to you in a moment. He’ll have plenty of time.

HANNITY: Come on (ph).

COULTER: This liberal institute determines that, if you took — if you take out the factor of illegitimacy, the difference in black and crime rates disappears.

COLMES: Well, let’s move on.

COULTER: Yes. Let’s let Hollywood keep promoting single motherhood.

COLMES: In terms of facts, you say Obama himself compared Palin to a pig and then denied doing it.


COLMES: He never did that at all.

COULTER: Yes, he did. He said…

COLMES: "Lipstick on a pig" was not at all about Sarah Palin.

COULTER: Yes. Yes, it was.

COLMES: You can actually look in context to what he said. And he said, nowhere was he referring to Sarah Palin.

COULTER: I know this is what everyone was saying at the time, which is why I put it in my book. And you’re going to (ph) let me answer that.

COLMES: He was talking about McCain’s policy. Not Sarah Palin.

COULTER: I know that’s what he said. It was nonsense.

COLMES: No, it’s not.

COULTER: It would be like saying, you know, after John Edwards’ illegitimate child comes out, "That’s like throwing the baby out with the bath water."

This is right after the single most important speech in American history in a decade: is Sarah Palin saying of herself, the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick, pointing to herself. 

It’s two days after that you say "lipstick on a pig." Yes.

COLMES: It wasn’t two days after that.

COULTER: Yes, it was.

COLMES: It wasn’t two days after that.

COULTER: It was three days. It was.

COLMES: Ann — Ann, you are conflating — you’re talking two different things. You’re conflating two different things.

COULTER: No, no, no, no. No, no, no. There’s no question, that that’s what it was about. That’s what the audience thought it was about.

COLMES: You’re wrong.

COULTER: That was what it was about.

COLMES: You also talked about…

COULTER: As I described. And by the way, I — one of the ways I prove that in my book, that can’t be done quickly on TV, is to go through the headlines immediately after Sarah Palin said that with all of the same jokes.

COLMES: No, you’ve got to look at his speech, is what you’ve got to look at.

HANNITY: Let me go to Ann. Let me go back to this single mother — this single mother issue here, because you make a pretty profound point that isn’t often made.

You know, I thought we live in a land of the free and home of the brave — brave. You have choices in life. You know, for example, if you decide to get in the back of a car, and you start making out with your boyfriend and girlfriend, and you start removing one article of clothing after another.


HANNITY: This is a choice to get in the car. This is a choice to take off the clothes. This is a choice to have sex. You do it of your own volition.

COULTER: Right. And it’s a choice not to give an illegitimate child up for adoption, which is, I say, surprisingly, I think to me, an interesting statistic, is that adopted children rank better on every measure of well-being.

They don’t think about being adopted. Their parents don’t think about them being adopted. They have less use of drugs, less run away, less criminal behavior than non-adopted children.

And adoption is discouraged while legitimacy and single mothers are elevated as if they are, you know, the personification of selfless virtue.

HANNITY: You go through this in a lot of detail in — we have been studying this for over 30 years.


HANNITY: One of the conclusions, you cite a 2008 study by a Georgia State University professor, and what he concludes is — is that unwed, divorced, single mothers cost the U.S. taxpayers $112 billion a year.

But if you say — it’s — somehow it’s not a pejorative. It’s not a negative — and by the way, I don’t want mothers to have abortions. I don’t want them to give up their children. But it would be nice, too, that if we had some sense of morality or understanding that, if you can’t afford to bring a child into the world — where did we ever get away from the idea you’ve got to be responsible for your own life?


HANNITY: And if you say that, you’re mean-spirited.

COULTER: Right. Where did we get away from the idea of deferred gratification and keeping your knees together before marriage? And the way we got away from it was, as described in my book…

HANNITY: You’re a wordsmith.

COULTER: … this was not an accident. This was a plan by liberals. I have Barbara Ehrenreich…

HANNITY: Why do you mean — explain what you mean about that, though.

COULTER: They hate the nuclear family. Now…

COLMES: Liberals hate the nuclear family?

HANNITY: Let her finish the point.

COULTER: Yes, would you stop interrupting? I’m trying to make a point.

COLMES: I lost my head.

COULTER: You have this — this endless attack on the nuclear family. 
You have it through the courts, for example, by allowing shiftless, unmarried men to come up — in and bust up these beautiful adoptions of children in the ’70s. Remember the Baby Richard case?


COULTER: That was the Supreme Court overturning a thousand years of law, which said if a man said wants rights to his child, he’d best be married to the mother before he — the child is birthed (ph).

HANNITY: You think…

COULTER: And if a woman wants money from the man, she’d better be married to him. Now we have laws to try to make up for one simple law: marriage.

HANNITY: I want to see if "The Today Show" has the courage to put you on the air.

COULTER: I think I’ll accept and then cancel at the last minute.

COLMES: They put you on how many times already?

HANNITY: Congratulations. Ann Coulter’s brand-new book, "Guilty."

COULTER: And how many best-selling books do I have?

HANNITY: One of the best you’ve written so far.

COULTER: Thank you.

HANNITY: Thank you for being with us.

And coming up, he’s been planning a $700 billion stimulus package — that’s your money — and three million new jobs, and $300 billion in tax cuts. So will Obamanomics, will it really help the economy? We’re going to talk to the smartest — one of the smartest, brightest economists in the country, Thomas Sowell, next. Straight ahead.

No, the quote is not there.

Apparently, making up quotes is not “over the line” for Matt Lauer.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Ann Coulter, Matt Lauer – And The Media”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    I am at a loss for words – Matt Lauer lied. Say it isn’t so. [Between his snarky attitude and Miss Perky’s dumbing down America – is it no wonder I never watch that vapid show anymore – it is a tragedy what those two did to The Today Show]

    I stopped in the middle of a sleet storm to pick up the book. Unfortunately my 3 hour up trip ended up taking 4+ hours (following a salt truck on a two lane isn’t fast at all). And then after dropping daughter and junk at dorm, turned around and did it again. Although it had warmed up and stopped sleeting for the return trip which was just over 3 hours (as it should be).

    As soon as I get through a weeks laundry (still trying to do sheets and towels) I should be able to sit down and get through it. Can’t wait to get Ann to autograph it at CPAC in Feb.

    But the point – liberals fav victims – single mothers and illegal aliens – are indeed probably the two greatest drains upon all of America’s social systems. But the liberals won’t admit it nor do a damn thing about it – they need the leeches to be able to create a trillion dollar deficit for the next couple of decades.

    The liberals hate Freedom, Responsibility, Morals, Marriage and Truth. No wonder The One ™ got elected, he will distroy the Constitution (Freedom) with his swearing in, he disses his mother/grandparents for being Responsible – while elevating his father who was utterly Irresponsible, he associates with all sorts of Immoral/Amoral ‘friends’, he panders to the gay community and abortion uber alles (assualts on both Morals and Marriage) and I don’t think he could tell the Truth if someone wrote it for him.

    It is also no wonder that the liberals hate Ann Coulter – she points out their realities with humor and in-your-face accuracy. And won’t back down from them or a real discussion (which they have trouble doing, keeping those lies straight).

    She is my idol.

  2. Kilmeny says:

    I believe Matt Lauer should stick to interviewing the likes of Tom Cruise, where he’s not as likely to be so out of his intellectual depth. Watching Ann run verbal circles around these people is amusing yet cringeworthy.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Just finished watching the 10 o’clock interview with Ann and I thought for a moment, there was gonna be a cat fight. I particularily like how NBC pulled a 2 on 1 scenerio. Ann was SPOT ON and took them to the grinder. OUTSTANDING !! Right now there are to libtards holding each other and playing the “Victim” role.

  4. Colonel1961 says:

    The predicate hate for Coulter on these ‘interviews’ is unnerving. If they could only apply half the vigor to attacking someone/anyone on the left, e.g., Michael Moore, then they might regain an ounce of credibility…

  5. proreason says:

    Ms Coulter was lucky to have a chance to rebut. Usually there would be no opportunity.

  6. golfmann says:

    You gotta laugh…..
    (to keep from crying)

    What a dweeb Lauer is. If you can believe it, that’s the first time I’ve seen him more than 30 seconds. lol

  7. golfmann says:

    oh and I also have to say that Ann is right about single mothers but she never said one of the real reasons:

    Young women are PAID to have children out of wedlock!

    That’s how they move out of the house! They get rent support, food, clothing, cash and medical benefits equaling a $50,000 salary or more!

    They never finished high school or maybe got a GED! They will never ever make that kind of money and they have no choice!

    More kids=’s more money!

    It’s a fact, and I see these young girls doing it here all the time, plus they get great sex… :) lol

    • proreason says:

      I’m not disputing your point, but I would like to understand how you get the 50K p.a. salary. If it’s true, it’s an astonishing number, particularly if part of it is tax free.

      1st year emt’s with multiple degrees in my area start at about 80K. Computer Techs start at around 50K.

    • BillK says:

      You think that’s bad?

      I know a person who was volunteering at the DNC, and one of the sessions there was a study session about paying pregnant women who were going to abort their children to remain pregnant longer so as to harvest their embyronic stem cells.

      The subject of the session disgusted her so much she voted Republican for the first time in her life in November.

      You can’t make this stuff up.

    • Barbie says:

      And it’s terrible that many of these same single mothers – who get the help, the med benefits, the housing, the benefits, the food support – bitterly blame the government when their children fail and/or get into trouble at school and/or with the law. This country always rewards bad behavior. And it’s predictable the libs will encourage longer pregnancies to harvest the embryonic stem cells. Libs do so many horrific things under the guise of being kind and good.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    I believe whats being said here is if you add up all the free (so called) stuff; i.e. medical. housing, utilities plus cable, food stamps ect. it adds up to 50 Gs a year. What “I” wanna know is how he knows they have GREAT SEX?

  9. Icarus says:

    I love Ann; but hey, she knows very well what she’s in for when she goes on these lib shows.

    Ann wants to peddle her book; maybe even gain a few converts to the right (I get it) great!
    None of this (treatment she’s getting) is unexpected though.

  10. Perdido says:

    Poor Ann, dealing with head strong pre-adolescents to sell her book. I want to say brave, but it’s not bravery to go in and beat up on halfwits. It’s fortitude. Or something.

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