Slander: Liberal Lies about the American Right

Slander: Liberal Lies about the American Right

by Ann Coulter


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The hottest and most controversial book of the year! Find out who really controls the media in America.

“[Ann Coulter] is never in doubt. And that, along with her bright writing, sense of irony and outrage, and her relish at finally hitting back at political opponents (especially in the media) is what makes Slander such refreshing and provocative reading.”
Los Angeles Times

“[Ann Coulter] is a fluent polemicist with a gift for Menckenesque invective . . . and she can harness such language to subtle, syllogistic argument.”
Washington Post Book World

“The most popular nonfiction book in America.”—New York Times

“The real value of Slander . . . is not in the jokes or devastating exposés of liberal politicians and their allies, but the serious and scholarly study of just how entrenched the media prejudice is against anyone whose politics are even faintly conservative.”
New York Sun

“Written with a great deal of passion . . . the real source of its strength—and its usefulness—was its painstaking marshalling of evidence . . . More important than [High Crimes and Misdemeanors] because it addresses a much broader issue, and one of lasting significance.”—National Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400049523
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/16/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 327
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Ann Coulter is an attorney and legal affairs correspondent. Her first book, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York and Washington, D.C.

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From Chapter One

Liberals Unhinged

The natives are superficially agreeable, but they go in for cannibalism, headhunting, infanticide, incest, avoidance and joking relationships, and biting lice in half with their teeth. —Margaret Mead

Political "debate" in this country is insufferable. Whether conducted in Congress, on the political talk shows, or played out at dinners and cocktail parties, politics is a nasty sport. At the risk of giving away the ending: It's all liberals' fault.

As there is less to dispute, liberals have become more bitter and angry. The Soviet threat has been vaporized, women are not prevented from doing even things they should be, and the gravest danger facing most black Americans today is the risk of being patronized to death.

And yet still, somehow, Tom DeLay (Republican congressman from Texas) poses a monumental threat to democracy as we know it. The left expresses disagreement with DeLay's governing philosophy by calling him "the Meanest Man in Congress," "Dangerous," "the Hammer," "the Exterminator," and the "Torquemada of Texas." For his evident belief in a Higher Being, DeLay is compared to savage murderers and genocidal lunatics on the pages of the New York Times. ("History teaches that when religion is injected into politics-the Crusades, Henry VIII, Salem, Father Coughlin, Hitler, Kosovo-disaster follows.")

Liberals dispute slight reductions in the marginal tax rates as if they are trying to prevent Charles Manson from slaughtering baby seals. Progress cannot be made on serious issues because one side is making arguments and the other side is throwing eggs-both figuratively and literally. Prevarication and denigration are the hallmarks of liberal argument. Logic is not their metier. Blind religious faith is.

The liberal catechism includes a hatred of Christians, guns, the profit motive, and political speech and an infatuation with abortion, the environment, and race discrimination (or in the favored parlance of liberals, "affirmative action"). Heresy on any of these subjects is, well, heresy. The most crazed religious fanatic argues in more calm and reasoned tones than liberals responding to statistics on concealed-carry permits.

Perhaps if conservatives had had total control over every major means of news dissemination for a quarter century, they would have forgotten how to debate, too, and would just call liberals stupid and mean. But that's an alternative universe. In this universe, the public square is wall-to-wall liberal propaganda.

Americans wake up in the morning to "America's Sweetheart," the Today show's Katie Couric, berating Arlen Specter about Anita Hill ten years after the hearings. Or haranguing Charlton Heston on the need for gun control to stop school shootings. Her co-host, Matt Lauer, wonders casually why the federal government has not passed a law on national vacation time. The New York Times breathlessly announces "Communism Still Looms as Evil to Miami Cubans" and Time magazine columnist Barbara Ehrenreich gives two thumbs up to "The Communist Manifesto" ("100 million massacred!").

We read letters to the editor of the New York Times from pathetic little parakeet males and grim, quivering, angry women on the Upper West Side of Manhattan hoping to be chosen as that day's purveyor of hate. These letters are about one step above Tiger Beat magazine in intellectual engagement. They are never responsive, they never include clever ripostes or attacks; they merely restate the position of the Times with greater venom: I was reminded by your editorial that Bush wasn't even your average politically aware Yalie; he was too busy branding freshmen at his fraternity house.

In the evening, CBS anchor Dan Rather can be found falsely accusing Republicans of all manner of malfeasance or remarking that a president who has been impeached, disbarred, and held in contempt for his lies is an "honest man." Diane Sawyer pronounces that "the American people" are yawning at the news that the president was engaging in sodomy with a cigar and oral-anal sex with a White House intern.

Hollywood movies preach about kind-hearted abortionists, Nazi priests, rich preppie Republican bigots, and the dark night of fascism under Senator Joe McCarthy. Hollywood starlets giddily announce on late-night TV how much they'd like to give Bill Clinton a "certain type of sex" (as Paula Jones called it).

And then Americans wake up for another day of left-wing schlock, beginning their day with the CBS Early Show's Bryant Gumbel somberly asking smut peddler Hugh Hefner for his views on a presidential campaign.

We read national magazines that pretend to be reasonable while seething with the impotent violence of women. We wade through preposterous news stories on Enron, global warming, Tawana Brawley, "plastic guns," the melting North Pole, the meaning of the word "is"—until you can't keep up with the wave of lies. It's like being in an earthquake listening to all the gibberish.

When arguments are premised on lies, there is no foundation for debate. You end up conceding to half the lies simply to focus on the lies of Holocaust-denial proportions. Kind and well-meaning people find themselves afraid to talk about politics. Any sentient person has to be concerned that he might innocently make an argument or employ a turn of phrase that will be discerned by the liberal cult as a "code word" evincing a genocidal tendency. The only safe course is to be consciously, stultifyingly boring.

It isn't just public figures who have to be worried-though having millions of people listening to their spontaneous on-air remarks obviously raises the stakes a bit. But even a private conversation can be resurrected a decade later. Just a few years ago, a killer walked largely because a detective involved in the case had used the "N-word" almost ten years earlier. In a conversation with his then-girlfriend, Mark Fuhrman spun out imaginary dialogue for a movie script, and in so doing committed a hate crime. If the jurors in the O. J. Simpson case could have given Fuhrman the death penalty, he'd be sitting on death row right now. Cutting off your ex-wife's head is a lesser offense in America than using certain words.

Vast areas of public policy debate are treated as indistinguishable from using the N-word (aka: the worst offense against mankind). Thus, Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) took issue with the Republicans' proposed tax cuts, saying: "It's not 'spic' or 'nigger' anymore. They say, 'Let's cut taxes.' "

The spirit of the First Amendment has been effectively repealed for conservative speech by a censorious, accusatory mob. Truth cannot prevail because whole categories of thought are deemed thought crimes.

For a fleeting moment, after the September 11 attack on America, all partisan wrangling stopped dead. The country was infused with patriotism and amazingly unified. The attack on America was such a colossal jolt, liberals even abandoned their endless pursuit of producing some method of counting the ballots in Florida that would have made Al Gore president.

Liberal sneers about President Bush's intelligence suddenly abated—at first for reasons of decorum, but then because of the indisputable fact that Bush was a magnificent leader. In a moment of crisis, the truth overcame liberal naysaying. After having demeaned President Bush as a lightweight frat boy hopelessly ignorant of foreign policy, even Democrats were overcome with relief that Al Gore was not the president.

The bipartisan lovefest lasted precisely three weeks. That was all the New York Times could endure. Impatient with the national mood of patriotism, liberals returned to their infernal griping about George W. Bush-or "Half a Commander in Chief," as he was called in the headline of a lead New York Times editorial on November 5, 2001. From that moment on, the left's primary contribution to the war effort was to complain.

They complained about the detention of terror suspects, they complained we were going to lose the war, they complained about military tribunals for terrorists, they complained about the Bush administration's failure to solve the anthrax cases instantly, they complained about monitoring terrorists' jailhouse conversations, they complained about the war taking too long, they complained about a trial for John Walker, they complained about (nonexistent) ethnic profiling at airports, they complained about the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, and they complained about Bush's "axis of evil" speech.

And they complained about all the damn flag-wavers. The infernal flag-waving after 9/11 nearly drove liberals out of their gourds. For the left, "flag-waving" is an epithet. Liberals variously called the flag a "joke," "very, very dumb," and-most cutting-not "cosmopolitan." New York University sociology professor Todd Gitlin agonized over the decision to fly the flag outside his apartment (located less than a mile from Ground Zero), explaining: "It's very complicated."

It must have been galling that no one in America cared. Eventually, the New York Times gave up harping about Bush's handling of the war and turned its full attention to attacking Enron.

Here the country had finally given liberals a war against fundamentalism and they didn't want to fight it. They would have, except it would put them on the same side as the United States. In the wake of an attack on America committed by crazed fundamentalist Muslims, Walter Cronkite denounced Jerry Falwell. Falwell, it seems, had remarked that gay marriage and abortion on demand may not have warmed the heart of the Almighty. Cronkite proclaimed such a statement "the most abominable thing I've ever heard." Showing his renowned dispassion and critical thinking, this Martha's Vineyard millionaire commented that Falwell was "worshipping the same God as the people who bombed the World Trade Center and the Pentagon" (the difference being liberals urged compassion and understanding toward the terrorists).

Indeed, an attack on America by fanatical Muslims had finally provided liberals with a religion they could respect. Heretofore liberals deemed voluntary student prayers at high school football games a direct assault on the Constitution. But it was of urgent importance that Islamic terrorists being held in Guantanamo be free to practice their religion. This despite the fact that we had been repeatedly instructed that the terrorists were not practicing "true Islam."

Less than three months after Islamic terrorists slaughtered thousands of Americans, ABC's 20/20 ran a major report titled "Abortion Clinics in U.S. Targeted by Religious Terrorists." As Jamie Floyd reported: "Since September eleventh the word 'terrorists' has come to mean someone who is radical, Islamic, and foreign. But many believe we have as much to fear from a homegrown group of anti-abortion crusaders."

New York Times columnist Frank Rich demanded that Ashcroft stop monkeying around with Muslim terrorists and concentrate on anti-abortion extremists. Rich claimed that only pure political malice could explain Attorney General Ashcroft's refusal to meet with Planned Parenthood while purporting to investigate "terrorism."

Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman recommended dropping the war against global terrorism ("declare victory at the first decent opportunity"!) and instead concentrate on "home-grown extremists." In lieu of a military response against terrorists abroad and security precautions at home, liberals wanted to get the whole thing over with and just throw conservatives in jail.

Rarely had the great divide in the country been so manifest. Liberals hate America, they hate "flag-wavers," they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam (post 9/11). Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now.

Long before the war, conservatives had a vague sense that liberals didn't much like them. Consider that a president whom liberals themselves called "indefensible, outrageous, unforgivable, [and] shameless" had staved off removal from office merely by calling his opponents "right-wing Republicans." It was apparent then that we were dealing with a species of primitive religious hatred.

Clinton's lies under oath in a judicial proceeding were such a shock to the legal system that just weeks before every Senate Democrat would vote to keep him in office, the entire Supreme Court boycotted Clinton's State of the Union address—one of many historical firsts in the Clinton years. That stunning rebuke was meaningless. Liberals were impervious to any logic beyond Clinton's mantra that his opponents were "right-wing Republicans."

Professional Democrats have clintonized the entire party and they will destroy anyone who stands in their way. All that matters to them is power. They believe their moral superiority allows them to do things that would appall ordinary people.

In May 2001, former Clinton strategists James Carville and Paul Begala released a "Battle Plan for the Democrats" on the op-ed page of the New York Times. Their central piece of advice was for Democrats to start calling President George Bush names. "First," they said, liberals must "call a radical a radical." Other proposals included calling Bush dangerous and uncompassionate: "Mr. Bush's agenda is neither compassionate nor conservative; it's radical and it's dangerous and the Democrats should say so."

That's it. That's the new plan. It's the same as the old plan. Call Republicans names.

In a comic spasm of sophistry, the Democrats' Big-Think men wrote: "We don't believe the spin that stopping Mr. Bush's assault on middle-class programs will hurt Democrats with voters." Evidently someone was retailing the yarn about an "assault" on the middle class being hugely popular. But Carville and Begala begged to differ. (Even the editor must have been overwhelmed by the spin on that one.) These must have been the guys who helped President Clinton formulate his thoughtful response to Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America." In his unifying, statesmanlike way, President Clinton referred to it as a murderous hit man's assignment, repeatedly calling it the "Contract on America." Go out right now and ask any liberal what was objectionable about the "Contract with America" and see if you get a more reasoned argument than that.

Meanwhile, the left's political Tourette's syndrome has gone completely unremarked upon. All parties to the debate carry on as if it's totally normal for two of the most famous Democratic consultants to be recommending name-calling as political strategy. Clinton seemed to be making a good argument against impeachment by perseverating about a "right-wing" conspiracy out to get him.

An annoying typical Republican response to liberal hate speech is to attack one's friends in order to appease one's enemies. Democrats still hate the Republican appeasers; they just hate them a little less. And when it comes time for the left to tear down the conciliators, these Republican "moderates" won't have many friends left willing to defend them. As Winston Churchill said, appeasement reflects the hope that the crocodile will eat you last. With some portion of (admittedly craven) Republicans casually acknowledging the liberal premise that conservatives are mean and hateful, the left is emboldened to carry on with ever greater insolence.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book for Christmas and finished it in four days. I was laughing out loud at her incredible, biting wit and sarcasm, an understandable response to the maddening idiocy she exposes and handily debunks. I was confused for a while as to who her intended audience was - it by no means attempts to appeal to or persuade liberals, which I had assumed was the purpose of the book. I believe the aim was more to educate and embolden Conservatives so as to better equip them to go on offense. With this in mind, it's easier to read and enjoy the book for what it is instead of being constantly shocked at her unwillingness to give every point a 'PC' qualifier: 'While not EVERY liberal despises 'organized religion'...' Of particular value is her exposure of many false assumptions and premises used by the liberal media that are so repeated, they are treated as fact, even by Conservatives. For example, she points to constant media updates on the actions of the non-existent 'religious right' as though it were an official, organized movement with 'members,' while conspicuously never discussing the 'atheist left.' Note to those who claim Coulter doesn't back-up her points: ARE YOU INSANE? Agree or disagree with her, it is simple fact that a full 35 pages of notes meticulously document each and every quote and fact she uses throughout the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Coulter's book 'Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right' is right on. Not only does Coulter provide foot-notes which give her book credibility, but it does NOT read like a boring 'Works Cited' sheet. Instead the insipid comments of the left are sprinkled throughout Ms. Coulter's often hilarious and true commentary. I could not put this book down. I have always believed there was a liberal bias in the media, but I was never aware of how much there was. You'll be surprised!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann's writing style takes getting used to. Hard to read her point of view which is much like her on-air talking points. Chop-chop, hard to follow. I agree with many of her themes, it's just hard to read instead of listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am myself moderate, but i do get tired of the extreme left making crazy propoganda, that is just childish and petty, and no one calling them out on it. At least Ann has the stones to throw it right back. Even though she might exaggerate she comes no where near what the extreme left does on a daily basis. She's the balance to an uneven equation, because for every action there is and equal and opposite reaction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book puts into writing the liberal bias of the media. No one can argue now. She uses facts, quotes, and examples to make her point. How can you argue with that? This book is an awesome read for anyone looking for the truth!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Coulter's, second New York Time's best seller, 'Slander' is an important tool in defeating any liberal in a debate. After reading just three chapters into 'Slander, I was able to crush my 1960's through back neighbor.
M.Campanella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a child, I saw the tome as something that was perennial. Raised in house full of classics, I had a distorted view of what the written text, 'a book' implied.Modern books on politics really do much to have proven this childish notion wrong. Nothing in this, or any book similar, have any lasting values. If this book is still remembered twenty, thirty years from now, I will be shocked. As for Coulter and her opinions, they did give me a hard laugh. And it did do much to prove a very Liberal point; that if you control your standards of definition, you can never be wrong. Alas, until the world agrees with your definitions, you can never be correct either.
hnkemp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Coulter's style (in writing and speaking) is obviously over-the-top, but worth a read for those who don't regularly watch FOX News. I'm for keeping an open mind and balancing the obvious spin of both liberals and conservatives--somewhere between the two is the real truth.
kkirkhoff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've seen Ann Coulter on television numerous times and her speaking style is very tongue-in-cheek. Unfortunately, so is her writing style. It was difficult to tell whether she was trying to be funny or seriously driving a point home.This was a very informative book. A lot of good information about book publishers and print media in general. It's been several weeks since I read the book so I can't point anything out specifically. I can say that there were a lot of times I had to put the book down and say , "Huh, I never knew that" or "Wow, I hadn't thought of that perspective before."I would definitely recommend this book to those who want an insight on how the Left hypocritically slams the Right.But first, try to check out Ann on television or on radio so you can get a feel for her style. It will help when you read the book.
acheekymonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne Coulter is entertaining, smart and overbearing. Howver, she's preaching to the choir here.
mramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ann Coulter a conservative commentator and author that argues that liberals control the mainstream media and use it to demonize conservatives and conservative values. Coulter identifies a "liberal catechism" that includes "a hatred of Christmas, guns, the profit motive," and free speech. The some of the language in this bestseller is strong. Her writing is also witty and factual. If you are an American voter, you should read this. Judge the book after you read it and not the author before you do.
alexgieg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ann Coulter may have extreme positions regarding some subjects, but one thing she manages to do very well: to show that liberals are, simply put, wrong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one is paying me, so relax. Really....there, there. The only "dirty liberals" are the ones who are speaking slander. Now that is dirty. Slander is wrong and from what I've heard from the main stream media in the past several years - they're all in need of a delousing.
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Read this a few years ago, well written, entertaining , provocative and even more true today fhan when it was written
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a staunch conservative, but I could not finish this book. I didn't even get halfway through. Mrs Coulter's arguments are well reasoned, but the vicious attack verbiage on the liberals detract from her arguments. She should leave the personal attacks to the liberals who cannot debate without them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Coulter masterfully describes and proves (to any reasonable analyst) that the main stream media is filled with blatantly biased liberal liars. The liberals only used ad hominem slander against conservatives before the book and all they do now is use the same logical fallacy against her after the book. Be very cautious of her caustic style and sharp sense of humor. If you don't pay attention, you'll miss something, guarenteed. Great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the world of liberal media. Oh, my goodness, she twisted it to make it look like conservatives are actually caring people. How unfair, that's reserved for only the left! Get a life! It's a great book and more and more people are starting to realize what is going on in our media today. Change is coming and she has done a great job of pointing out why it needs to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I beg anyone who reads this book and believes it to read it again and stop and look up every endnote as it comes up, she took everything out of context and spun it into propaganda.