Culture

10 questions with a Top 10: Ann Coulter

Culture | Ann Coulter's bestselling Slander remains on the top-10 bestseller lists (hardcover nonfiction) of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon.com. The following interview was conducted via e-mail with WORLD's Chris Stamper.

Issue: "False witnesses?," Oct. 5, 2002

You draw amazing amounts of heat, even for an outspoken conservative. How do you account for this?
I tell the truth, relentlessly. In addition, I thrive on their attacks, which seems to annoy them. I don't need their approval and I don't care about their snooty lists of who's "in" and who's "out." (Conservatives are always "out.") There's only one "in"/"out" list that matters to me and that won't come until Judgment Day. This drives liberals crazy.
I notice some of the comments thrown at you are about nonpolitical things (your looks, your gender, etc.). Is that fair? How do you react?
No it's not fair, it's liberal. It's standard practice for them. This simply proves the point of my book, that liberals are incapable of responding to ideas. See chapters 1-10.
Your book charges liberals with making all sorts of misrepresentations. Why do you think they get away with them?
They own the media. See chapter 4. And though you don't ask why they enjoy lying so much, the answer to that is: They have absolutely no respect for the truth. Of all the names liberals call conservatives-racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, dumb, crazy, etc., etc., etc.-one name they don't call us is liar. It is simply not a part of their conceptual apparatus to think of truth as a desirable characteristic.
Were you surprised that Slander has sold so briskly?
Though no author would dare imagine months at No. 1 on the NYT bestseller list, no, not really. As I point out in my book, conservatives read books and liberals don't. See chapter 6.
Has 9/11 and the possible war on Iraq caused liberals to change their tactics? Why or why not?
Yes, they have been forced to hide their true views even more carefully than they usually do. They have to pretend to be rooting for America in the war on terrorism while they wait impatiently for the slightest opening to demoralize the country.
Do you think the Clintons' public image will be successfully refurbished (as prophets, misunderstood heroes, whatever) in the future?
No, he is utterly ridiculous. The contrast in leadership qualities between Clinton and his successor in the White House is so profound that it only exaggerates the usual trend, which is: Democrat presidents invariably have their reputations go down with time, and Republican presidents invariably have their reputations go up. (Even the "Camelot" myth is starting to wear thin despite the vast propagandistic efforts of the mass media.)
For decades, conservatives have seen American mass media as a liberal stronghold, but cracks in the edifice constantly appear these days. Do you think the old establishment is withering away?
Well, supposed "news" on TV and in mass-circulation national newspapers and magazines remains unalterably liberal. But the competitive media-talk radio, books, and the Web-give Americans someplace where they can finally get the truth. This is, as you say, a major breach in the liberal stronghold. Look for liberals to start issuing increasingly hysterical demands for censorship of the Internet.
How should people on the right respond when treated as sub-human by the opposition?
Fight back like tigers.
What are your religious views?
Christian, or as People magazine put it, "devout Christian." (In liberal code this evidently means I actually believe in God.)
What inspires you to do political commentary? Are there writers, journalists, or others who move you?
I love America, God, and truth, and I hate liars. (See my last book, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton.) To borrow a line from our magnificent commander in chief, Jesus Christ is my favorite philosopher. Among the sinners, I greatly admire C.S. Lewis, George Orwell, Whittaker Chambers, Ronald Reagan, and Phyllis Schlafly. Incidentally, C.S. Lewis's book The Screwtape Letters could be about modern liberals in America. The propaganda techniques of liberals and the Prince of Lies are amazingly similar. I highly recommend it, second only to Slander.

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