Conservative gunslinger Ann Coulter fires some acerbic salvos at Michael Moore, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher and Chris Matthews in her new book, “Demonic: How The Liberal Mob Is Endangering America.”
Moore, the left-wing pseudo-documentarian, is referenced on 11 different pages of the 368-page book, according to the index.
The Moore mentions mostly make use of his not-so-svelte figure to highlight the political ironies of the left. For example, Coulter describes an instance in which a Democratic flamethrower was appointed co-chair of the Center for Civil Discourse, writing that such an appointment made about as much sense as would “making Michael Moore chairman of the President’s Council of Physical Fitness.”
Coulter also juxtaposes Moore’s less than perfect physique to point out some of the most “wild contradictions” in liberal thought. For example, “a liberal is a person who … is crazy about Michael Moore – but against child obesity.”
Arguing that very few conservatives and Republicans bought into the birther conspiracy, Coulter writes that the “Democratic Party has a hand-in-glove relationship with Michael Moore … whose Fahrenheit 9/11 is chockablock with demented conspiracy theories.”
Coulter points out that former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe not only attended, along with other Democratic elected officials, the Washington premiere of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” but supposedly endorsed some of the looniest of Moore’s conspiracy theories, such as the claim that “Bush went to war in Afghanistan not to avenge the 9/11 terrorist attack but to help the Unocal Corp. obtain a natural gas pipeline in Afghanistan.”
Also noting how Moore sat with former President Jimmy Carter at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Coulter asks, “What is the likelihood that a birther will be sitting with former President Bush at the 2012 Republican National Convention?”
Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, a long-time public sparring partner of Coulter’s, is also on the receiving end of many barbs in Coulter’s book. In fact, he is mentioned on 27 different pages of “Demonic,” according to the index.
Beyond the barbs, however, Coulter cites Olbermann to make several points. Arguing that liberals, unlike conservatives, have an “infantile, black-and-white thinking,” Coulter points to Olbermann’s rant against Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as an example.
In comments on then-Senate candidate Brown on his former MSNBC show, Olbermann said Brown was “an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, sexist, ex-nude model, tea bagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees,” a statement for which he later apologized.
Coulter notes that, “Three days earlier, Olbermann had never heard of Scott Brown. With a soul of an actress, Keith borrows other people’s opinions, adds the sanctimony and indignation, and delivers speeches in a deeper baritone, wearing glasses so morons think he is a genius.”
MSNBC host Chris Matthews is mentioned on 11 pages of Coulter’s book, according to the index. At one point, Coulter attempts to argue that Matthews and the left more broadly are hypocritical. Stating that Matthews “fancies himself a hitherto unheralded hero of the civil rights movement” and a “scrupulous bean counter when it comes to the number of blacks at Tea Parties,” Coulter writes:
“Inasmuch as blacks vote overwhelmingly Democratic, you wouldn’t expect to see a lot of them at Tea Parties. Still, the Tea Parties are not as white as Chris Matthews’s staff. They’re not as white as a Jon Stewart audience. They are not as white as Janeane Garofalo’s fans.”
Furthering this line of attack against Matthews, Coulter writes that the “Hardball” host “sends his own kids to white-as-snow private schools.” Given all this, she concludes, “Matthews may not be the best person to be hectoring Tea Partiers, ‘How dare you not have black people at your rallies.’”
Matthews, Olbermann and Moore did not return requests for comment by time of publication.
Political comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” is also referenced on three pages of Coulter’s book, according to the index. Deriding how conservative commentary was blamed for the Tucson massacre, Coulter quips:
“According to voluminous Twitter postings the day of the shooting by Caitie Parker, one of [alleged Tucson shooter Jared] Loughner’s friends since high school, he was ‘left wing,’ ‘a political radical,’ ‘quite liberal,’ and ‘a pot head.’ If any public figure influenced this guy, my money’s on Bill Maher.”