On the October 15 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Medved hosted right-wing pundit Ann Coulter to discuss her October 8 assertion on CNBC’s The Big Idea — documented by Media Matters for America — that “we” Christians “just want Jews to be perfected.”

Before airing a clip of Coulter’s comments, Medved said: “[W]hat I wanted to do was to just get clear on the record here … [n]ot only [on] what you said but what you meant. Here is the section of the original interview … that started the process that got you into such heated controversy.”

During the subsequent discussion, Coulter asserted, “[A]s long as we’re playing this new sport of ‘he who is offended first wins,’ if anyone’s going to be offended by anyone else’s religion, the Jews believe that my savior, a Jew, was a raving lunatic, and you don’t see me sniffling and crying.”

In response, Medved said, “Be careful,” adding, “I’m sure this is gonna come back. You don’t really want to say — because Jews do not — traditional Jews do not really believe … that Jesus was a raving lunatic.” Before going to commercial break, Medved announced: “We’re coming right back with Ann Coulter, who has, I don’t know, maybe created some additional controversy — I hope not.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Coulter again elaborated on her October 8 comments, asserting: “[B]y the way, of course a Christian wants everyone to be a Christian. I assume all vegans think the world would be better if everyone were a vegan. And the global warming wackos would like everyone to believe in their crackpot global warming theory. And nonsmokers would like everyone not to smoke.”

Coulter also said of the controversy surrounding her statement: “This is just the irreligious against the religious.” She made similar comments on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor later that evening, as Media Matters noted. (MORE)


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