Ann Coulter on Bias in Mainstream Media

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," July 10, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

ERIC BOLLING, GUEST HOST: Mainstream media bias in the 2008 election has been exposed. Longtime Washington correspondent Carl Cannon writes in "," quote, "In the 2008 election, we took sides, straight and simple, particularly with regard to the vice presidential race. I don't know that we played a decisive role in that campaign and I'm not saying the better side lost. What I am say is that we simply didn't hold Joe Biden to the same standard as Sarah Palin and for me, the real loser in this sordid tale is my chosen profession," end quote.

Not exactly shocking news for some, but the fact that someone actually admitted the anti-Palin bias is big.

So here now is syndicated columnist an author of best-selling book "Guilty," Ann Coulter.

Ann, you have been talking about this for a long time. In fact, I think chapter three in your book addresses mainstream media bias. What do you think of that?

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ANN COULTER, AUTHOR, "GUILTY": Well, you could knock me over with a feather right now. No, I mean, it was especially bad in the case, I think, as Carl pointed out, over the vice presidential race between Palin and Biden.

And the biggest loser isn't just the media. I think the media did not have much credibility to hang on to in any event at that point. It's the American people.

I mean, we have a vice president who, in the vice presidential debate, could not keep reality separated from fantasy, talking about, you know, Bush and NATO pushing Hezbollah out of Lebanon.

I mean, it was just crazy, crazy talk, and then, describing the role of the vice president, confusing article one, you know, the one that describes what he does for a living, the Senate, and who the president of the Senate is, the vice president.

I mean, that's a lot - and that's not even getting into the little crazy things he said, like talking to somebody at Katie's Restaurant back in Delaware when Katie's Restaurant turned out to be a restaurant that had been closed for 20 years. If Palin had said anything that crazy, we would never hear the end of it.

BOLLING: And while I have you hear, what about the barracuda? What about Sarah Palin? What's she's doing is just, you know, crafty smart or did she drop the ball?

COULTER: No, I think it's very clever and I think she explained herself very clearly. I mean, it was very weird to me. I watched her press conference. It seemed crystal clear, well spoken, as she always is, without a single note, certainly without a teleprompter.

And you know, she said she has been subject to endless petty ethics complaints. She got cleared on all of them, and yet it is eating up the state of Alaska's time and money, millions of dollars to the taxpayers of Alaska. She can't get anything done. It has cost her personally $500,000 dollars.

So as she said, she's passing the ball to a fantastic lieutenant governor, every bit as right wing as she is, but who doesn't bring out the left wing neuroses. I'm sure the citizens and taxpayers definitely of Alaska are very happy about this.

Now, she can write her book, give speeches and you know, maybe she will run in 2012. Maybe she will run in, you know, 20 years from now.

BOLLING: Let's talk a little bit about President Obama's handshake. The ones that come to mind were with Chavez. What about Qaddafi?

COULTER: Yes. I liked that one. Qaddafi must have proposed reducing our global footprint by shooting down more commercial airplanes. I mean, this is just a continuation of Obama's and the classic left-wing policy of reaching out to our enemies and dissing our friends. How about shaking the hand of the new Honduras president?

BOLLING: Stimulus two: An image problem or just an outright problem?

COULTER: I would say an outright problem. I mean, it's very weird. At least, you know, doctors who are applying leeches thought the leeches would do some good. Here, the economy was bad. The stimulus bill, i.e. big government, handouts to friends and people in power has made it worse.

The unemployment rate is higher than they said it would be if we did nothing. And now, they want to do more of the same. I mean, I don't think you need to be an economist to know that raising people's taxes and making it more difficult to hire people and rewarding failure and punishing success is not the way to economic prosperity.

BOLLING: All right, Ann. Stay with us. Hang in there. We've got more with Ann Coulter, next.



FOX NEWS PRODUCER: Have you received any stimulus money?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, we haven't received any stimulus money.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, I haven't received any stimulus money.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, I have not received any stimulus money. Have you?

FOX NEWS PRODUCER: Do you ever expect any stimulus dollars yourself?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hopefully some, but it is going to take time. I think people are being unrealistic if they think it is all going to happen in three or four months. It's going to take a while.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't think the government should be involving ourselves with private enterprise and giving any stimulus money to G.M. or any other corporation.

FOX NEWS PRODUCER: What do you think of a second stimulus?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Even worse, taking more of our money. I work too hard for it and they're taking more.


BOLLING: All right. Back now with syndicated columnist — she is author of best-selling book "Guilty," Ann Coulter. Ann, let's take the next topic, cap and trade, cap and tax, cap and take. What do you think?

COULTER: Very bad idea, taking more and more. And if I could say about your little piece on the stimulus bill, the problem is you're not talking to people who are friends, close personal friends of Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Chuck Schumer — you know, Wall Street bigwigs. They're getting their stimulus money. And cap-and-trade is yet another way to —

BOLLING: Ann. Ann, when you reference the stimulus package, please don't refer to it as my little piece. I'm sorry, go ahead.

COULTER: And the cap and trade or as some call it, cap and tax, is more of the same, massive new taxes on the middle class. And even if you buy into the crazy religious beliefs of liberals on man-made global warming, even if you buy into that, it's not going to do anything unless China and India impose the same taxes on energy on their citizens.

And they don't seem inclined to do that, so it's really just a way of punishing Americans and once again rewarding enemies.

BOLLING: All right. Let's take the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor. On Monday, it starts. What do you think? Is this in the books already?

COULTER: I don't know. I hate talking about it that way. Whether it is or whether it isn't, I think racial quotas have to be tied around the Democrats' necks and any Republican who votes for this nominee.

I mean, her decision in the white firefighter's case in New Haven, Ricci, was rejected by all nine Supreme Court justices although there were four dissenters. But none of them, none of the nine justices signed on to Sonia Sotomayor's position that merely a statistical disparity in test results means the test has to be thrown out because it is racially biased.

That is really crazy. And the only way for an employer to get around that is to have absolute quotas. Most Americans, whether they would benefit or not from racial quotas, reel back in horror at the idea of racial quotas.

And I don't think you can get around that with this nominee, and by the way, who also goes around giving many times saying in speeches that a wise Latina woman would come to a better decision than a wise old white man. I mean, these are racist statements, and if she goes through, I think it better be on only Democratic votes. She is making Harriet Miers look good.

BOLLING: All right. The book is called "Guilty." It's Ann Coulter. And Ann, next time you're in town, you come and stop in, all right?

COULTER: I'd love to. Good to talk to you.

BOLLING: You, too, Ann. All right. We'll be right back.

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