It’s official. NBC has named Ann Coulter “Conservative Queen.” (Hope For America has posted the video clip of her interview with Matt Lower on NBC’s TODAY show.) It was sub-titled, “Coulter’s Assault on Liberal America.”
Matt does a pretty poor job, but, let’s give him two points for trying–that is, for being brave enough to encounter Ann Coulter at all. (Of course, he was no doubt commanded to, by higher powers–fearful of repercussions if he didn’t.) Matt, like most modern male hosts, simply doesn’t have the IQ to have a conversation the “Queen of Conservatives.” His barbs were terribly off-target. Quite prejudicial, actually. (Harry Smith was an even weaker challenger on CBS. Of course, Ann is being relatively cool to this incompetents, because she’s trying to promote her new book.) About all Ann’s supposed critics can do is criticize her sense of caustic humor, claiming it interferes with her “serious” points.
Why all this ado?
Ann’s new book, Guilty? Or, rather, the fact that her scheduled NBC’s Today interview was cancelled, or ‘bumped’ twice? The immediate reaction of Matt Drudge was a published report that said very clearly that Ann Coulter was banned from NBC, forever.
The nation’s top selling conservative author has been banned from appearing on NBC, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
“We are just not interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama, right now,” a TODAY insider reveals.
But a second top suit strongly denies there is any “Coulter ban”.
“Look for a re-invite, as soon as Wednesday,” said the news executive, who asked not to be named.
NBC’s TODAY show abruptly cut Ann Coulter from its planned Tuesday broadcast, claiming the schedule was overbooked.
WorldNetDaily immediately reported the “ban” with great drama, (but was careful not to mention the Drudge Report):
‘It’s over’: Ann Coulter banned for life by NBC
‘We are just not interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama’
Of course, NBC immediately denied it; the New York Post denied it, etc. The explanation was that she was simply bumped because of “over-scheduling,” or that Gaza news took precedence. (Tony Blair, to be specific.) Why, NBC had re-scheduled her (when?) from the start. It was all then an NBC publicity stunt?
There is something very serious going on here. The NBC “insider” who spoke to Drudge did so either intentionally, or else made a serious faux pas. In other words, the individual either intended this “ban” be known, immediately, or spoke completely out of turn, with no authority to do so. In any case, NBC has not revealed the name of the individual. Nor have any additional reports ensued. We’re left to understand the incident as an innocent misunderstanding, dramatized by media–for higher ratings, obviously.
But Coulter is not a game player. They can try to play with her, but she doesn’t play. She’s sincere. She is completely independent. The liberal media personnel are all part of tight machinery. Rather sinister machinery. I can’t see her taking part in this, willingly. If it was a self-serving NBC stunt, it nevertheless suggests just what all conservatives are surmising–that censorship is on its way. Serious, job-killing, career-ending censorship. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi have been advocating this for some time. For Hillary, it was a matter of first getting control over the internet. (See, Richard Lawrence Poe, Hillary’s Secret War: The Clinton Conspiracy to Muzzle Internet Journalists, 2004). For Pelosi, it’s all about reviving the Fairness Doctrine.
Fortunately, for Queen Ann, her notoriety and accoutrements of power (i.e., friends in high places), she could not be censored for more than a day or so. But the gesture was made. The act was committed. The words were published. The idea was implemented. It happened. If for only a day–she was censored. It is in fact ominous.
The rest of us could never recover. It’s survival for the successful. Big time successful. Others can be easily banned, censored, libeled, discredited, etc., with no recourse, no defense, and no hope. That is the message here. Someone of Ann Coulter’s status can survive such an attack. Lesser lights would go forever out.
The Queen of Conservatives was essentially and in fact the first martyr of Hussein America. She resurrected, but, the tone is set: beware, conservative commentators, all. The honor is hers, but the war is ours.