Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Farah v Coulter

It’s another one of those “who do you root for here” situations: Ann Coulter v Joseph Farah in a clash of the wingnuts. It’s too bad this isn’t a steel cage death match, loser shaves their head and leaves town kinda thing. Coulter thinks the birthers are being ridiculous – and when you get to the point where you’re too far to the right for Ann Coulter, you know you’ve gone into the furthest reaches of the loonisphere. Farah answers her criticism and starts out with this gem of a line:

WND provides what I believe to be the broadest forum of political commentary anywhere – not just on the Internet, but anywhere.

The human capacity for self-delusion is truly a wondrous thing, isn’t it? The Worldnutdaily’s commentary lineup covers the full gamut, from the merely crazy to the batshit insane (with the sole exception of Nat Hentoff, who is only occasionally crazy and is otherwise the voice of reason). This reminds of the honky tonk bar in the Blues Brothers:

“What kind of music do you usually have here?”

“Oh, we got both kinds – country and western.”

And then things start to heat up:

Then came the vicious personal attack: “not one known conservative public figure or publication believes this – except WND, which I believe is pushing it to get website hits, bc no sane person could believe it – but the MSM keeps interviewing the nuts to make all conservatives look crazy and to distract from the serious problems with obama.”

It really grieves me that Ann Coulter dismisses the one real investigative news agency’s work and relies on warmed-over pabulum from the American Spectator and an unknown blog. There’s a reason the American Spectator is named as such. It is a spectator when it comes to news. It is simply untrue that the Spectator found the birth announcements during the campaign. The first known source of the newspaper birth announcements was a pro-Hillary Clinton blogger in the summer of 2008.

Coulter’s problem seems to be her contempt for real reporting – unless it is conducted by a pedigreed “conservative” source. Unfortunately for Coulter, as a lifelong journalist involved in investigative reporting for 30 years, I can tell you there is no such animal as a pedigreed “conservative” news outlet that does real investigative reporting. Apparently WND is just too “independent” for Coulter’s trust…

To suggest we did this – that I did this – “to get website hits” and “that no sane person could believe it,” is really hitting below the belt. I have grown to expect that sort of insult from the insanely jealous Michael Medved and the delusional Keith Olbermann, but not from Ann Coulter.

Yeah, who could ever have guessed that Ann Coulter would make a strident, insulting comment about anyone?

And then the reconciliation:

But, you know what? Even though Coulter’s gossip hurts, I forgive her. She’s been a good friend for many years. Her good work overshadows what I hope is a momentary slip. I fully expect Ann Coulter will toast me one day for pursuing this unpopular story when no other news agency would. That’s just the kind of gal she is. And that’s just the kind of guy I am.

Wrong. One day, just like every day, you’re going to be viewed as a nut. And Coulter will continue to be viewed as a nut who didn’t buy this particular bit of stupidity.