The Daily Howler has this disturbing report about the Q&A session from a recent presentation by Ann Coulter. Try to believe that a sentient human being actually asked the following question:
QUESTION FROM SOMEONE EZRA KLEIN DOESN’T KNOW (7/28/06): Hi. My name is –, I’m a sophomore at Bucknell University and a summer intern at the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute. In your book, Godless, you completely tear apart the theory of evolution and I was just wondering how scientists can still believe in such an implausible theory, especially since you don’t disprove it based on Biblical facts and scripture, you disprove it based on, you know, pure science. So how do liberals react to that?
The Howler was responding to this idiotic post over at The American Prospect’s blog, written by Ezra Klein.
Among the silly things Klein said was that “I don’t know a single person who believes she’s anything less than a talk show vaudeville act, yet she remains prominent in the conversation. ”
As The Howler points out, this is standard liberal cluelessness. The sort of people who take Ann Coulter seriously don’t read or write for The American Prospect. But they are numerous and control large chunks of the South and Midwest. I’ve attended enough creationist conferences to know that the bizarre combination of blithering ignorance and supreme arrogance represented by the questioner above is alive and well in America.
The fact is that Coulter’s success, and the almost complete unwillingness of anyone in the media to confront her on the substance of what she is saying, are further evidence of a very disturbing trend. People seem utterly unconcerned with the truth these days. In response to Coulter’s last book, Treason, a number of websites undertook the thankless task of checking nearly all of her references and factual assertions. Their findings were that virtually every page contained outright errors or blatant distortions. Her present book contains four chpaters on evolution that go pages at a time without saying anything that is true. Most of her arguments aren’t even coherent. Yet people lap it up, and the chat shows can’t book her fast enough.
Hence the title of this post.