We asked bestselling author Ann Coulter to recap the year for conservatives--and she obliged, walking us through the top conservative storylines of 2012. Read an exclusive excerpt below, and get Ann's entire recap by ordering the December issue of Townhall Magazine (you can also get a FREE copy of Coulter's latest book when you place your subscription)!
From Townhall Magazine's December feature, "Top Conservative Storylines of 2012" by Ann Coulter:
In January, Mitt Romney won the love and esteem of all Americans who have ever had to deal with the DMV, the post office or any government office by saying, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
In February, the women of America rose up as one and demanded that Sandra Fluke set aside her law studies to be our spokeswoman. Please, Sandra, we know you have no qualifications to comment on any matter of any importance and how the glare of publicity repels you, but we need you to speak for us!
Described by a longtime Democratic congressional aide as “the least-qualified witness ever to appear before a congressional committee,” Fluke was declined by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee as a witness on a panel of theologians and members of the clergy during a hearing on religious liberty.
But that was only the beginning of Fluke’s “voice” being “silenced.” Next, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arranged for her to testify before an unrelated House committee, where Fluke demanded that Catholic institutions be required to provide birth control with no co-pay to their students.
Fluke then appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and a number of other national media outlets to say that her voice was being silenced.
Rush Limbaugh ridiculed Fluke the way ridiculous people often are ridiculed, including, at some point, referring to her as a “slut.” President Obama called Fluke and told her that her parents should be proud of her. Fluke became a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention in September and, by October, was drawing crowds as large as 10 in Reno, Nev.
In March, the non-Fox media (NFM) charged off on the Trayvon Martin case, not waiting for any facts, to make wild allegations of racism against a Florida police force, a mixed-race Hispanic, George Zimmerman, and another mixed-race Hispanic—Geraldo Rivera.
Like Captain Ahab searching for the Great White Whale, the NFM is constantly on the hunt for proof of America as “Mississippi Burning.” In March, they had their White Male Oppressor in the person of Zimmerman, a mixed-race Hispanic.
In February, Zimmerman had spotted a suspicious-looking character walking “aimlessly” in his diverse (47 percent white) gated community, and called 911. Not long after that, Zimmerman had shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old staying with his father’s girlfriend in the community. Zimmerman claimed self-defense, saying Martin had attacked him and he was in fear for his life.
On the basis of having absolutely no information, the media conjured a Hollywood script: A “white” man was “stalking” a little black kid—who could be Obama’s son!—confronted him and then shot the small black child dead, “just because he was black.”
Liberals seem to imagine that whenever black people are shot by other blacks, they heave sighs of relief and say, “At least I wasn’t a victim of racism!”
Strangely, the media kept showing us snapshots from Martin’s childhood, rather than any recent photos, suggesting that Martin was a slight 12 year-old boy at the time of the shooting, rather than a strapping 6-foot, 160-lb 17-year-old. Indeed, he was one inch taller than Zimmerman, according to the police report.
Where were Zimmerman’s baby pictures? The media choose sides by whose childhood photos they choose to show the public. If Martin had been white, not only would we have seen Zimmerman’s baby pictures, but the media would have championed him as the victimized “Mexican” engaging in self-defense.
To be extra sure the public understood that America was faced with a KKK uprising, NBC edited Zimmerman’s 911 call about a suspicious character in his neighborhood to make Zimmerman sound like a racist nut.
This is the actual exchange Zimmerman had with a police dispatcher during his 911 call:
ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
DISPATCHER: OK, and this guy—is he black, white or Hispanic?
ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
Here’s NBC’s version:
ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
Two months of nonstop racial hysteria later, it turned out that every part of the media-invented fairytale was false.
For example, MSNBC had triumphantly produced grainy black and white photos of Zimmerman walking into the police station some time after his arrest to prove that there wasn’t a scratch on him.
A few weeks later, close up photos of Zimmerman’s blood-soaked scalp taken right after the shooting disproved that theory.
There were no apologies—the story just disappeared. As we go to press, Zimmerman is still on trial for murder as the media stand around looking at their shoes.
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