Ann Coulter, in a characteristically absurd, offensive, and unconvincing screed on Wednesday, carried water for the White House by impugning the patriotism and service of Vietnam vet and triple-amputee Max Cleeland:

Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman –- or what Cleland sneeringly calls “weekend warriors.” Luckily for Cleland’s political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam.

Nothing new here. The Center for American Progress sent out an advisory today reviewing the factual inaccuracy of Coulter’s claims, and the elevated platform within the conservative community from which she makes them, and calling for her condemnation:

Facing more questions about the President’s National Guard duty, conservative allies of the White House did the only thing they could do: disparage triple amputee Vietnam war hero Max Cleland, a man who only a year and a half ago the White House and its allies likened to Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein in television ads. In a column posted on the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Web site, Fox News contributor and White House ally Ann Coulter unleashed an attack on Cleland’s service to his country, claiming that the triple amputee/decorated war hero displayed “no bravery” in Vietnam. The politically motivated assault came after Cleland appeared at events critical of the Administration, once again showing the conservatives pattern of impugning the patriotism of those who question their policy.

The really interesting part? This e-mail I just got from the Center for American Progress:

After publishing the Progress Report this morning, Fox News called to protest our description of Ann Coulter as a “Fox News contributor.” Fox News said Ann Coulter “is not a contributor to this network” and “has not been a contributor the last couple of years.” Though Fox News’ Sean Hannity described Ms. Coulter in December of 2002 as “a Fox News contributor,” and despite Coulter appearing 50 times on Fox News since 2002, we regret any confusion this may have caused.

Maybe Coulter could condemn Fox News in turn?


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