Women Journalists: Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter has a hate-hate relationship with American liberalism. She has devoted her career in the media to deconstructing liberal values, often in a brash, highly opinionated style. She began her career at MSNBC as a law correspondent; then became a commentator for Fox News and CNN; published a biweekly column for Universal Press Syndicate; and has written five New York Times bestsellers.
Coulter has often expressed that she not only represents the opinions of conservatives but of America. She asserts that she says whatever everyone else is thinking. She is often so forthright that she makes many Republicans uncomfortable and more likely to distance themselves from her statements. Upon the release of her book Treason: Liberal Treachery From The Cold War To The War On Terrorism, the Guardian profiled her from a European perspective.
Coulter first came to national attention for her involvement in the Clinton impeachment hearings, working as a legal advisor in the Paula Jones case. She was referred to in the press as one of three “elves” who worked behind the scenes of lawyer Joseph Cammaratta. She believed that Jones had a strong case and was wary of her desire to settle for an apology. But when she elected to pose for Penthouse magazine, Coulter lashed out at her lack of dignity.
In 2006, Coulter released her fifth book Godless: The Church of Liberalism, in which she criticized the 9/11 widows know as the Jersey Girls for publicly mourning the deaths of their husbands and supporting John Kerry for president. She came under fire from numerous media sources and public figures for going too far. ABC News reports the 9/11 Commissioners’ public statement encouraging Americans not to buy the book.
Coulter was in the news last year for alleged voter fraud and for an assertion that John Edwards was gay (she used offensive language to make her point). Gay and lesbian advocacy groups asked for a public apology and several of the major Republican presidential candidates termed her statements “inappropriate.”
Ann Coulter blogs regularly on her Web site and notes upcoming speaking and television appearances as well as links to other conservative outlets. She also includes a media section of journalists who are allowed to interview her again—a short list at that—and links to the articles that have received the Ann Coulter seal of approval.