Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
Ann Coulter's second book, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, was published by Crown Forum in 2002. In the text, she blames liberals for the fact that American political debate has become increasingly hostile, overly personal, and insufferably trivial.
Bush and Gore
Her book is packed with well-documented examples:
- Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) attacked Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign [saying] "All over this country people are asking whether or not George Bush is smart enough to be president of the United States."
She notes that the press praised Gore for being smart and Bush for being dumb, although:
- In his sophomore year at Harvard, Gore got one D, one C-minus, two Cs, two C-pluses, and one B-minus. This the Washington Post reported, "placed him in the bottom fifth of th eclass for the second year in a row."(37) Gore's grades that year "were lower than any semester recorded on bush's transcript from Yale".
Yet the Post ran a headline saying, "Gore's Grades ... are a Lot Like Bush's". (38)
- After college, Bush earned an M.B.A. from Harvard; Gore failed out of divinity school and dropped out of law school at Vanderbilt University. (Page 156)
- There is no more pristine example of the left's "in"-crowd snobbery than their treatment of conservative author and activist Phyllis Schlafly. ... The national news media maintain a rigid radio silence on Phyllis Schlafly, while endlessly celebrating mediocre feminist shrews.
- In fact, Schlafly is one of the most accomplished and influential people in America. (Page 35)
- Liberals are in a panic about the Internet. They believe conservatives should be prevented from speaking. (page 116)
- Coulter cites Michael Finnegan, "Campaign 2000; Bush, Gore Sprint as the Race Comes Down to the Wire," Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2000, p. 1; Katharine Q. Seelye and Kevin Sack, "The 2000 Campaign: The Vice President; Focus is on Crucial States in Campaign's Fanil Hours," New York Times, November0 6, 2000, p. A1.