Sun, Jun 30, 2006

Media Matters criticized NBC for letting an author appear on The Tonight Show



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Summary: Media Matters attacked NBC for allowing their talk show hosts to interview Ann Coulter, calling her rhetoric "hateful."

Once again, Media Matters For America criticized a media outlet for simply interviewing a guest they did not like, this time stating that NBC was "milking the controversy" over Ann Coulter's new book -- Godless: The Church of Liberalism.

Although Coulter's book debuted as number one on The New York Times bestseller list, Media Matters claimed that NBC was simply trying to "capitalize on the ratings boost" of and create controversy over the book by having her appear on three shows in a one week span. Matt Lauer, Jay Leno, and Brian Williams all disagreed with her most controversial views within the book.

Media Doesn't Matter For America has also documented a sililar case in which Media Matters attacked Donald Rumsfeld for appearing on a radio show they didn't like.

Media Doesn't Matter For America asks what other networks should be censored in the fight to keep freedom of speech off of public television.


From the June 14 edition of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

LENO: Please welcome Ann Coulter.

COULTER: My perspective on it is -- I understand you had an Ann Coulter joke last night, Jay.

LENO: Oh, I have a bunch of Ann Coulter jokes all the time.

COULTER: That I was worried about Dorothy's house falling on me.

LENO: I think that was the joke, yeah. And then, I had the -- the other joke was I liked you fighting Sigourney Weaver in the Alien. I think that was the other movie I did.

COULTER: Well, see, in my perspective I'm Dorothy --

LENO: Really?

COULTER: -- and I've just dropped my house on the mainstream media.

—J.T.