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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
WND Protects Coulter, Ignores Her Book's Errors
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily has promoted itself as the only place where one can purchase a copy of Ann Coulter's new book, "Guilty," autographed by the author.

Does that WND will protect Coulter at all costs and refuse to report the truth about the book? It appears so.

A Jan. 5 WND article uncritically repeats Matt Drudge's claim -- from anonymous sources that WND has given no indication that it has verified -- that Coulter has been banned from NBC "for life," despite also noting an on-the-record statement from NBC that Coulter was merely bumped from the "Today" show because the program was overbooked. Still, WND inserts this promo in the story: "Get the book that got Ann Coulter banned from NBC – it's autographed, now in stock and ready to ship!"

Meanwhile, Media Matters has documented numerous factual errors and inflammatory statements in "Guilty," which may have played a role in NBC giving the boot to Coulter. Yet WND makes no mention of this in this article.

WND's only other coverage of the book to date is a Dec. 30 fluff interview with Coulter by Drew Zahn uncritically repeating the book's claims and even Coulter's assertion that the first edition of the book will be a collector's item: "We crashed the book to get it out in time. ... There are a few typographical errors that will be corrected in the second printing; so you definitely want to get the first printing, because it will be like one of those stamps with the airplane upside down!"

Will Coulter use that second edition to correct any of those glaring factual errors and misleading claims? Don't expect WND to hold her accountable.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:48 AM EST

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