Man I thought her jaw was broke...oh well.
On the December 15 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, during a segment in which she called President-elect Barack Obama an "atheist" and asked if "we could get all of his aliases before he's sworn in on the Quran," author and syndicated columnist Ann Coulter announced that she is scheduled to appear on the January 6, 2009, edition of NBC's Today show to promote the release of her new book, Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America (Crown Forum, January 2009). As Media Matters for America documented, NBC has repeatedly provided Coulter a platform to spew her inflammatory rhetoric even as NBC-affiliated hosts and anchors -- including Today co-hosts Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer, Tonight Show host Jay Leno, Hardball host Chris Matthews, Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, and CNBC's The Big Idea host Donny Deutsch -- have expressed disapproval of, in Leno's words, Coulter's "harsh" and "nasty" statements, or criticized the media for promoting her.
For instance, discussing Coulter's October 8, 2007, appearance on The Big Idea -- during which Coulter asserted that "we" Christians "just want Jews to be perfected" -- Deutsch said on the October 12, 2007, edition of Today: "And I think that's what -- we're playing dangerous with words in our society that there's no accountability. There's a glibness that we in the media kind of elevate, and I'm here to kind of say I'm personally tired of it, and I think America is tired of it also." Deutsch later told Today co-host Meredith Vieira that someone might ask, "Aren't we part of the problem?" Vieira responded: "Of course we are. We're perpetuating it."
On Hannity & Colmes, Coulter said to co-hosts Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes: "I have a new book coming out in two weeks, and this will be my first evening interview, January 6, and this is the last time you'll see me on TV until then," adding, "And the Today show that morning, hopefully with Matt Lauer." Later in the segment, discussing Obama's reported statement that he will use his full name -- Barack Hussein Obama -- when taking the presidential oath of office on January 20, 2009, Coulter asked: "Do you think we could get all of his aliases before he's sworn in on the Quran, I imagine?" Later, Coulter stated of Obama: "I think he's an atheist." After Colmes asked, "He's not a Christian?" Coulter stated, "Like all liberals, yeah. Of course he's an atheist." Obama's presidential campaign website states that Obama is "a committed Christian."
As Media Matters has extensively documented, Coulter has made a number of highly controversial remarks during her appearances on NBC-owned channels. On NBC programs alone, Coulter has called former Vice President Al Gore a "total fag" and has called former President Bill Clinton a "latent homosexual." Elsewhere, Coulter repeatedly likened Obama to Adolf Hitler in media appearances and in her syndicated column in 2008 and written that, without affirmative action, African-American Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) couldn't get a job "that didn't involve wearing a paper hat." She has also said of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: "We need somebody to put rat poison in Justice Stevens' créme brulée." Indeed, Coulter has repeatedly mused about potential acts of violence against people she doesn't like or with whom she disagrees.