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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
MRC Falsely Portrays Coulter As A Victim
Topic: NewsBusters

The latest in the Media Research Center's Ann-Coulter-is-a-victim meme:

-- Geoffrey Dickens referenced Chris Matthews' "now infamous, staging of the Ann Coulter vs. Elizabeth Edwards throwdown."

-- Matthew Sheffield referenced "Chris Matthews's ambush of Ann Coulter."

In fact, it wasn't an "ambush"; Coulter knew in advance that Edwards might call. From today's "Hardball":

DAVID SHUSTER (correspondent): So, how did the Ann Coulter-Elizabeth confrontation happen? Before Tuesday's "Hardball" appearance, MSNBC promoted that viewer comments and questions would be part of the program.

TAMMY HADDAD ("Hardball" executive producer): The Edwards campaign called to ask if it was possible that Elizabeth could talk to Ann Coulter live on the air, and we told them yes.

SHUSTER: In turn, Haddad had a conversation with Coulter.

HADDAD: I talked to Ann before the show and told her that we had gotten a call from the Edwards campaign and that Elizabeth might call in, and she was fine with it.

UPDATE: Here's the transcript.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:00 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2007 5:12 PM EDT

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