One day after NBC News reportedly banned Ann Coulter for life, the “Today” show has rebooked the best-selling author for two appearances on tomorrow’s show to discuss her new book, “Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America.”
Yesterday, the Drudge Report cited NBC insiders saying the network had abruptly canceled Coulter’s scheduled appearance today, because it is “just not
interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama, right
“It’s such a downer. It’s just not the time, and it’s not what our audience wants, either,” the source reportedly told Drudge.
Coulter writes today on her website: “Drudge gets results: Today show changes mind.”
“Today,” which runs four hours, has her scheduled during its 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. hours tomorrow.
NBC officially explained yesterday the show cut Coulter from the broadcast because the schedule was overbooked.
But Drudge noted “Today” executives replaced the author with showbiz reporter Perez Hilton, who recently offered $1,000 to anyone who would throw a pie at Coulter.
Hilton also was promoting the launch of a new book, “Red Carpet Suicide.”
NBC’s official statement yesterday denied Coulter had been banned for life, as Drudge reported.
“We’ve had Ann Coulter on ‘Today’ many times, but because of the news in Washington and the Middle East, we decided to cancel her appearance tomorrow,” the network’s statement said. “Understanding the media as well as she does, we are sure she knows this happens from time to time. We look forward to welcoming her back in the future.”
But Drudge reported a “Today” show insider said the book’s theme prompted NBC executives to cancel Coulter, who had been invited months ago.
Coulter previously told WND her book explains how liberal politicians and reporters drag sob stories before the public eye and bemoan how Americans are being “victimized” by trumped-up injustices, all to further their plan to change America’s culture, laws and government.
“Most Americans are normal, lovely, decent people, and they hear these wails of a liberal claiming to be ‘offended, offended,’ and their reaction is to go and provide comfort to the afflicted,” Coulter explained to WND. “I want them to start noticing these are crocodile tears. … These people pretend to be victims in order to advance, attack, and oppress others.”
The insiders told Drudge yesterday Coulter also had been barred from NBC’s cable outlet, MSNBC.
MSBC morning host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, reportedly was concerned about the ban and was “working to overrule it,” according to a Drudge source.
Coulter received the most-lucrative advance ever paid to a conservative author, according to Drudge.
Last night, in an interview on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity and Colmes” show, Coulter contended the “Today” booking “was a setup from the beginning.”
“I know the whole thing was a setup to block me from other TV shows,” she said.
Coulter said the head producer for MSNBC’s only conservative host, Scarborough, told her publicist they were not interested in having her on the show.
“Now they’re backing down. So I guess Matt Drudge gets results,” Coulter said.
In her trademark ironic style, Coulter then quipped: “This is very upsetting. This is like being fired from Chrysler, because NBC, I mean they are just chugging along.”
“I think if this book does well I can buy NBC,” she said.
Coulter was interviewed this morning by Harry Smith on CBS’ “Early Show.”
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