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Carlin-Coulter showdown was a whole bunch of nothing

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 15th 2006 2:35PM
George Carlin and Ann Coulter on The Tonight ShowWell, that wasn't worth it. Anyone who tuned in to The Tonight Show last night to see a throwdown between conservative loudmouth Ann Coulter and liberal funnyman George Carlin was sorely disappointed (My colleague Mike was more than disappointed; see his thoughts here). Carlin largely kept quiet during Coulter's appearance, only cracking a joke that she's the only person that's made him "move to the right" (on the couch, that is) right after she came out. In fact, his reception of her was quite warm; I have my theories on that, like Carlin appreciated her "performance" (and, really folks, that's what it is, despite how pissed you may get at her inflammatory remarks).

In fact, Jay Leno was the one to try to call out Coulter on her caustic remarks on the "Jersey girls", the WTC widows who forced the creation of the 9/11 commission. He asked her why she had to use such extreme language when her point -- that Democrats trot out victims to keep people from arguing or objecting to their views -- would have been more effective if spoken rationally. Coulter just gave her canned remarks about liberals and Leno backed down. But at least I give him credit for asking. Too bad Carlin just decided to sit there. He must be getting soft in his old age.

[You can see some video of Coulter's entrance here, at least for today.]

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I'll Say it again, Carlin did make a statement against her:

I don't know if any of you noticed:

After the Leno interview with Coulter, the bumper music started for a commercial break and Ann Coulter turned to Leno to say something. As she did, the camera zoomed back to get all three in frame. As she spoke to Leno, Carlin made a motion, behind her back, of blowing into his cupped hands and rubbing them together as to indicate Coulter's coldness. Relax. He made a statement on her, in his own inimitable way (his expression when making the "cold" gesture was priceless).

You had to keep looking to notice, but George did good.

June 15 2006 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I doubt it was stacked. If it were going to be stacked they would have done it with Coulter haters so that it would have created huge water cooler buzz the next day and increase viewers the following night as well as draw people in for the next controversial booking.

My guess, as with any guest star appearance, Fans of her book knew ahead of time, the date of her appearance and bought tickets for that show.

On a side note, I give Carlin credit. Someone like him knows what it is like to be prevented from speaking, so even though he most likely dislikes her opinions, he gave her the courtesy of being heard without shouting her down.

June 15 2006 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Relating to the more left wing audience comment: I find it interesting that all week the audience on Leno's show booed everytime Ms. Coulter's appearance was announced, yet last night he had an audience that was cheering every mention of any Republican. Seems like the audience might have been a bit stacked on the show.

June 15 2006 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The fact is, there is nothing to "call her out" about, and any attempt to do so would prove another "Laws of the Liberal Religion": inflammatory rhetoric is righteous when it's aimed at conservatives, or Christians, or middle America, or Republicans, or "corporations", or President Bush, etc. But, dare NOT use hate speech against a LIBERAL!!! Where was the outrage over Ward Churchill's effluence? How about Chuck Schumer, or the HillBilly, or Nancy Pelosi? These are people making public policy and should not be making racist and Nazi-esque comments about Anybody! But .. when an editorialist (for goodness sakes!) attacks a liberal group, it becomes objectionable. You're all just proving the point. (Consider her purpose in appearing on all these shows that want to cast her as "offensive" for attacking the poor victim Jersey Girls. She's proving, once again, that liberals use "untouchable" vehicles to promote their cause -- people to whom you are "not allowed to respond". Bravo!!

June 15 2006 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Blosser

How typically liberal of you to call Ann a loudmouth and George a funnyman, which he used to be.

June 15 2006 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did Leno's audience even REALIZE what hateful rhetoric they were applauding? Or where they just trying not to get removed by security for ignorning the APPLAUSE sign? So sad.

June 15 2006 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, that was really lame. Now if she had been on Conan or Letterman, it would be awesome, because their audience's are way more left wing.

June 15 2006 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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