Coulter Calls Tiller's Murder "A Termination," Makes O'Reilly Look Good

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Want to see Bill O'Reilly look like a moderate? Watch him argue about murdered Kansas Ob/Gyn George Tiller with Ann Coulter.


The last time O'Reilly sparred with a woman over Tiller, that woman was Salon's Joan Walsh, and he memorably told her she had blood on her hands. This time, Ann Coulter is blood-thirsty. Although her calling left-wingers "pro-death" (least mature reclaiming of language ever) is a highlight, the real nadir of the interview comes around minute 1:50, when she says of Tiller's assassination:

I don't really like to think of it as a murder. It was terminating Tiller in the 203rd trimester.

When O'Reilly argues that in fact it was a murder, and that murdering abortionists is actually a bad thing that should be punished (this the only time will actually take O'Reilly's side in an argument), Coulter says, "I am personally opposed to shooting abortionists, but I don't want to impose my moral values on others." She adds, "Their logic [meaning evil, blood-on-hands, "pro-death" leftist logic] says if you don't believe in abortion, don't get an abortion. If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist."

It's no surprise that Coulter makes no distinction between a fetus and a grown man with a family. Really, it should be no surprise when Ann Coulter says anything insane or inflammatory at this point. However, it doesn't seem very rhetorically effective to slam "pro-death" logic while excusing Tiller's death as a "termination." Isn't "termination" something good conservatives are supposed to abhor? It's supposed to be satire, we guess, but it might work better if Coulter seemed like she was ever compassionate toward anyone. Casting liberals as heartless just doesn't fly very far coming from her. Then again, maybe she's just there to make O'Reilly look good.

An equally strange part of the interview, though, happens just before minute one, when O'Reilly and Coulter agree that people on the right haven't been talking about Tiller's death enough. Coulter's explanation: "I'd like to think it's because they're hungover from the hurray-George-Tiller-is-dead party, but I think that's not it. I think people don't like talking to abortion." Leaving aside the "hurray-George-Tiller-is-dead party" (at which we're sure Coulter was the guest of honor), on what planet do conservatives not like talking about abortion? This one? This one? The one where Kansans for Life arrived at Tiller's clinic at 6:30 every morning to place over 150 crosses outside the fence? Or maybe the one where Operation Rescue just held a memorial service for the fetuses Tiller aborted, less than a month after his death? Whatever world Coulter and O'Reilly are describing, with its "pro-death" liberals and its sober, compassionate conservatives reluctantly discussing abortion, it doesn't resemble reality.


O'Reilly hosts Coulter to discuss the "reaction" of "the left-wing media" to "our reporting" on Tiller [Media Matters]
After Tiller: What Will Happen In Wichita? [NPR]


Earlier: Bill O'Reilly Shows Why "Abortion Reduction" Isn't Really Pro-Choice


Phyllis Nefler

You know Ann Coulter is crazy when Bill O'Reilly has to stop and correct her. Ugh.