Poor Piers Morgan. There he was with Ann Coulter in his studio. She's got a new book out bashing liberals, something she's quite good at, and he was supposed to interview her. He probably did all sorts of research, or had a lackey do it anyway. This is the woman who spends her days talking about other politicians' lives, so why not talk about hers?
So he tried. He threw out some tough questions, as a TV host interviewing a guest is wont to do. And then he met a new Ann Coulter. This Ann Coulter told Morgan that one's private life is, well, private. As in not to be talked about on TV. In other words, when it suits Ann Coulter to keep her three engagements, the fact that she's facing the big 5-0 in December, or a certain scandal regarding her driver's license, public figures have private lives.
I think like most public figures [I] don't talk about anything that wouldn't involve -- that you would not want the most dangerous stalker to know or have. So I will not be answering private life questions. That's why we call it a private life.
It would make sense -- and I'd be bound to agree with her -- if it weren't for the very fact that she is a public figure. Public figure. Not private figure. She is out there. More to the point, she puts herself on television, including last night in the hot seat on Piers Morgan's TV show. She's benefiting from the press coverage for her book, which means she needs to take the hard end too, the questions. Besides, Coulter herself uses the excuse of public vs. private to attack political figures at will.
Take Obama. A devout Christian, she has come out to say that he's an atheist, probing the depths of his supposed faith. Is religion not a portion of one's private life? Years before, she was attacking President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore for promoting gay rights, alleging that they themselves must be gay. Again, private lives.
In a perfect world, the private and the public world would remain separate at all times. But in rebuffing Morgan that way, Coulter came across less as a sympathetic figure and more as a hypocrite, one who can "dish it out" but not take the heat even when she puts herself out there. When the going gets tough -- and the questions come around to her own scandals -- it's suddenly mighty convenient to hide behind being "private." You be the judge:
How do you think she came off? Do public figures have private lives? What do you think of this new "private" Ann Coulter?