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If the media can strangle Trump by terrorizing people about everything he says, then it’s already over. I’m inclined to think Americans hate the media too much for that to work, but even sensible people can’t think straight in the middle of one of these hate campaigns.

It can be very difficult for people to overcome whatever meaning the press superimposes on what someone has said, no matter how psychotic. Throw in incessant repetition and uniform agreement among the pundits (Hillary cheerleaders versus Never Trumpers), and completely deranged interpretations become historical facts.

Last August, Trump said the following about the way he was treated at the first GOP debate: “(Megyn Kelly) starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions, and you know, you can see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever, but she was, in my opinion — she was off base.”

This was nearly identical to what Trump said about Chris Wallace a few sentences later: “There’s a big difference between Mike Wallace and Chris Wallace because I watched them last night, you know, blood pouring out of his eyes, too.”

Suddenly the words “her wherever” were being described as a clear-cut reference to Megyn’s menstrual blood! (I have it on good authority that Chris Wallace has never menstruated.)

Trump expressed shock, saying of his accusers, “They have all dirty minds — I never even thought about it … I was thinking of ears or nose.” (Accused by the same forces of something revolting, Whittaker Chambers gasped, “What kind of beasts am I dealing with?”)

The day after Trump allegedly referred to Megyn’s period, I happened to have a number of social engagements with people who hadn’t heard about the scandale. So I gave them Trump’s exact words, told them the media were in hysterics about it, and asked them to guess why.

None of them — an Obama-voter, a conservative actor and a union organizer — were able to guess the ludicrous interpretation being placed on Trump’s words. At least one was visibly angry about the accusation (probably because he was on his period). But after a few weeks of media propaganda, even he flipped and became totally convinced Trump was, in fact, referring to Megyn’s menstrual blood.

Most people are highly suggestible. That’s why companies spend billions of dollars on advertising.

The only way to see how media propaganda works is to remove yourself from the immediate panic. In the calm light of day — without people hectoring you from every news outlet, every moment of every day — you can clearly see that two plus two does not equal five, but four.

My entire career has been a test-run for the hounds of hell they’re unleashing against Trump on a daily basis right now. These hate campaigns were waged against me every few months for about a decade, until the media gave up and decided the better part of valor was to pretend I don’t exist. It happened so often, I can’t even remember them all, but a fan reminded me of a good one last week.

On “Good Morning America” about 10 years ago, I was asked about a (fantastic*) joke I’d told about John Edwards four months earlier. (That joke was also lied about, but that’s not today’s topic.)

Here’s the “GMA” transcript, June 25, 2007:

CHRIS CUOMO (ABC NEWS)

(Off-camera) You say you were joking.

ANN COULTER (POLITICAL COMMENTATOR)

“Oh yeah. I wouldn’t insult gays by comparing them to John Edwards. Now, that would be mean. But about the same time, you know, Bill Maher was not joking and saying he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack. So I’ve learned my lesson. If I’m gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”

I’m not a rhetorician, but I believe this would be called a “syllogism,” or “deductive reasoning”:

It is acceptable for a person to say X;

I am a person;

Therefore it’s acceptable for me to say X.

Or maybe it’s just sarcasm about the media’s rank hypocrisy.

Whatever it’s called, the screamingly obvious point was to illustrate how our constitutionally protected guardians of liberty in the press go mental over my every joke, but don’t make a peep about far more aggressive rhetoric from liberals.

Among the possible responses to what I said on “GMA” are:

— That’s different! Maher was talking about Dick Cheney.

— We have a firm policy of pretending not to understand jokes about Democrats.

— OK, OK, you’re right. We were just trying to make you cry, so you’d either come to our side or stop writing.

In the realm of the sane, however, the possible responses do not include: ANN COULTER CALLED FOR JOHN EDWARDS TO BE KILLED IN A TERRORIST ATTACK!

Guess which one the entire media went with?

Mike Baker, Associated Press, Tuesday, June 26, 2007: “Elizabeth Edwards pleaded Tuesday with Ann Coulter to ‘stop the personal attacks,’ a day after the conservative commentator said she wished Edwards’ husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, had been killed by terrorists.”

Marc Ambinder, Atlantic Online, June 26, 2007: “Coulter herself said, ‘If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.'”

Tom Foreman, CNN correspondent, June 27, 2007: “Conservative commentator Ann Coulter jokes about Democratic contender John Edwards being killed by terrorists.”

CNN’s Kiran Chetry, “American Morning,” June 27, 2007: “Elizabeth Edwards confronting conservative commentator Ann Coulter … She was referring to Coulter’s comments the day before when Coulter said she wished Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had been killed by terrorists. Coulter responded to Edwards’ request with a laugh.”

Harry Smith, CBS’ “The Early Show,” June 28, 2007: “Welcome back to ‘The Early Show.’ Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter is known for making outrageous comments. This week she said Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards should be killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”

Hundreds of news outlets repeated this lie, without even mentioning Maher — i.e., what we call “the point” — although a few sportsmen included vague references to Maher’s comment deep within their stories.

This isn’t taking something “out of context” — it’s a lie. Try quoting the full sentence! Ironically, the media’s rewrite pretty forcefully proved my point about the gigantic double standard for liberals and conservatives: In order to prove I was a monster, the media put a liberal’s words in my mouth — the exact same words they hadn’t minded when a liberal said them.

I keep hearing abstract claims about Trump being “out of control,” making “mistakes,” saying “outrageous” things, but whenever I ask for a specific example, all I get are the media’s apocryphal versions of what Trump has done — never something he actually did.

All campaign news coverage today is an adaptation of MSNBC’s “In Other Words” game, where a Republican saying, “I don’t think Obama has been a good president” becomes HE CALLED OBAMA THE N-WORD!

The media may think their versions are logical extensions of what Republicans have said, but this is a presidential election. I think voters deserve to hear the truth and not Rachel Maddow’s demented translations.

(*I’m not a professional comedian, but when a room full of 7,000 college Republicans laugh — it was funny.)

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Ann Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events.
  • TheresaKP

    Years ago, I saw an interview with Victoria Beckham, who is very funny. She joked that she “mustn’t be seen eating or smiling.” A few days later, there was a headline on a celebrity site that said “Victoria Beckham Does Not Allow Herself To Be Seen Eating.” Yep.

  • VirgoVince

    NEVER was a fan of lefturd pc bullshit, NEVER!
    ovomit IS a nigger, it’s NO secret, call it what it is!! he’s ALSO an alien, ugly basturd son of a no-class white-trash whore, making him a sob, pothead, fag dicktaster, asshole, muslime terrorist invader and ALL ’round pile of shit in a suit!
    Color is irrelevant!

    • Amos10

      Damn!

  • Lougjr1

    Thank You Ann coulter ! You have put the exclamation mark right behind the question mark. Are the mass media combined a bunch of liars ??? YES THEY ARE !!! And the majority, 99% of them seem to be Democrats, I wonder why that is ?
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    • Amos10

      Because they are demented sociopaths.

      • Alan

        No, they are progressive liberals working with the one world united nations new world order agenda.

        • Lougjr1

          Have no fear about the world order thing, It will never happen without mass confusion & self destruction !

    • Lolla Wossiky

      Yes, very true, but I prefer to think of mainstream media people as ‘Professional Liars’, a term I first saw used by George Orwell in his ‘Homage to Catalonia’ book. He was describing the same media’s reporting of the Spanish Civil War from Madrid in the mid 1930’s. People who make a living telling intentional lies, deliberately intending to mislead. As a vocation, it must rank amongst the lowest cards in the pack.

  • Moki

    It has been this way in the MSM for decades. They regularly vote for Democrats, support Democrat ideas and policies and don’t report when they fail, regularly report Democrat talking points as fact and regularly misrepresent and outright lie about what Republicans say. I have worked in the MSM for 30 years, and it has been this way for at least that long, probably much longer. It’s a big part of why the nation is in the trouble it is in.

    • Amos10

      The responsibility lies at the doorstep of the Sulzberger News Empire and their surrogates throughout the fabric of society. Walter Duranty and his lies about the glorious Soviet revolution where all people were joyous and well fed graced the pages of the New York Times to lie to the American people about Stalin’s culture of death.

      • Moki

        You are correct. And in many ways, it has not changed one bit. And that’s still the basic lie that’s being sold to Americans … this time under the name socialism, or progressivism

    • Wayne Peterkin

      The last poll of the media that I saw which is quite a few years old had about 85% of them voting Democrat. There is no question of the bias.

      • Moki

        It think you’re correct. It seems to me that was the figure from the last poll I recall, too.

  • Told You So

    Certainly the “unbiased” media will do everything they can to derail Trump’s chances. Not that they need too, however. Because, by design, as I predicted, Trumps is doing everything HE can to sabotage his campaign.

    See, he never actually expected to win the nomination. He never intended too. All he wanted was to scam away enough Republican/conservative voters to insure a Democrat (i.e. Hillary) victory. But he had to have a plan in case he did actually win. And this is it. He’s “taking a dive”. But doing so in a manner (And with help from the likes of Coulter, Hannity, and others.) as to be able to blame his loss on someone, or something, else.
    Pretty clever – and devious. In a sort of Clinton/Obama/liberal kind of way.

    • Amos10

      His many live interviews on the Savage Show give the lie to your statement. You must have missed his talk to the Black Community in Milwaukee he other night. He received standing ovations from the Blacks in attendance.

    • Lougjr1

      Wrong again Mate, Trump has never been more serious about leading this country in his life. He could not have come at a better time. This country is in the worse shape that I have seen in 40yrs or more. Do you want Jobs, law & order, National security, religious freedom, Real border control, piece of mind for your children ETC. ? #TRUMP2016

  • Stan Hayes

    I really can’t say much about the media. I quit paying any attention to the crooked BS. After Trump is elected I would never allow the SOB’s in the Oval office.

  • WBC

    Right on, Ann. I have a feeling more and more people are beginning to see through the media’s antics. The media gleefully write about how the polls show that the Madam is way ahead in the polls (more distorted reporting), but I think they might be shocked when the 1948 “November Surprise” shows up this November.

  • Tim Kern

    Let’s go back to the old rule about making only the jokes that middle schoolers couldn’t twist into something dirty or scandalous.
    It shouldn’t be too hard for Trump to outmaneuver middle schoolers. Yet he continues to amaze.

  • daveveselenak

    Ann, when are you and your cohorts going to start referring to the media as to what they are: the State-run, fifth column, maybe then having to defend themselves would awaken the fuk’n sheeple as to what has happened to our once free press! You can’t have a free country without a free press and we now have neither! REVOLUTION will be the SOLUTION – guaranteed! I am a realist and call it as I see it!

  • Robert Kozlowski

    Someone asked “Why”? Simple answer is to go sit in on a college class in journalism. It’s what the profs teach, same most classes except STEM, can’t change the facts with STEM, yet.

  • Lougjr1

    It never ceases to amaze me that so many so called intelligent Americans can’t see the forest for the trees ! The Clintons are knee deep in criminal activity from lying about Benghazi to involvement in using a private phone server for national intelligence which was left open for foreign nations to hack all of our national secret information. Add to that making a phony deadly deal with Iran giving millions of our dollars to them so they can use much of it to send to terrorists to kill us. Where are all these people coming from? Where could they be getting all their information from ? OH, I know, of course, the Main Stream Media !