Ann Coulter appeared on the Today Show, her “life time ban” having been shortened to a single day. Ann Coulter spent just shy of ten minutes jousting verbally with host Matt Lauer, who took on a tone of more sorrow than in anger.
Matt Lauer started by denying that NBC had “banned Ann Coulter for life” and asked why she had said that she was. Ann Coulter pointed out that the story had been spread by Matt Drudge, who claimed to have gotten in from an unnamed source within NBC. Ann Coulter pointed out that she had only been rescheduled after Drudge had splashed the headlines of her “life time ban” on his website. Ann Coulter did go a little too far, as is her practice, by comparing herself to Roland Burris. She is, by the way in case you were wondering, delighted that the Democrats are tearing themselves apart over Roland Burris.
Matt Lauer spent some time thrusting and parrying with Ann Coulter about the use of Barack Obama’s middle name, Hussein. Ann Coulter, feigning innocence, wondered what the big deal was about the use of the President Elect’s middle name, which actually is Hussein. Matt Lauer suggested that Ann Coulter was stroking up the tin foil hat brigade which still believes that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim. Matt Lauer, by asking that question, proves that he doesn’t get Ann Coulter. Ann Coulter was not trying to provoke right wing crazies, but rather the left wing variety. She says “Barack Hussein Obama.” Matt Lauer is shocked that Ann Coulter used the President Elect’s full name. Ann Coulter feigns innocence wondering what the big deal with the name is. What’s in a name? Just imagine “Thomas Hitler Dewey” trying to run for President in 1948.
Matt Lauer then proceeded to the actual book Ann Coulter is selling, Guilty, by arguing with Ann Coulter is being mean to unwed mothers. Ann Coulter pointed out that children of unwed mothers tend to possess social pathologies, such as having criminal records and drug problems, far out of proportion to their numbers. If Ann Coulter can be faulted, and this may be in the book, she didn’t mention that for every unwed mother there is an unwed father who is just as, if not more so, irresponsible.
Matt Lauer finished up by objecting to Ann Coulter’s “tone,” suggesting that, really, people elected Barack Obama because they cared about the issues. Ann Coulter had a good laugh over that one, pointing out that the media eschewed tough, issues-oriented questions of Barack Obama and preferred soft balls.
All in all, it was a fun little sparring match. Matt Lauer was a game fighter, but Ann Coulter artfully parried all of his blows and landed a few herself. It was Ann Coulter by a technical knockout.
Source: Video: The Coulter-Lauer fight this morning, Ed Morrissey, Hotair, January 7th, 2009