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February 12th, 2014
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Ann Coulter on the hypocrisy of the Feminist Movement, Deborah Norville on Tom Brokaw's cancer diagnosis

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Ann Coulter questions Democrats, the Feminist Movement and the supposed "Republican War on Women"

In the long history of philandering and scandalous politicians, it seems as though many of those with the proverbial wandering eye list themselves as Democrats. But is such a reminder truly an effective way of convincing voters to go Republican at the polls?

In joining Piers Morgan on Tuesday evening, Ann Coulter quickly rattled off the names of the recent “cast of characters” whose extracurricular behavior had at one point or another overshadowed their lawmaking, a list which included the likes of Teddy Kennedy, John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, and perhaps most notably, former president Bill Clinton.

However, as part of her live interview, the conservative social and political commentator suggested that there really is more at play with women in politics than simply sex scandals, much in the same way there is more to the duality of the Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice debate.

Citing the image of "a war on women" as a key GOP concern, Coulter touted sex scandals as “salacious”, but admitted to being more irked by what she calls the “utter hypocrisy and tyranny of the Feminist Movement”, suggesting levels of outrage are often dictated by party lines and political agendas:

“We have all these rules for sexual harassment and workplace behavior, and if it’s someone we don’t like and he calls a secretary ‘honey,’ oh, we are taking him to the cleaners,” Coulter said. “But if it’s someone we like because he’s protected abortion rights, then that doesn't – well, that isn't a rule. That is just a way of punishing your enemies.”

Coulter first stepped into the spotlight in the late 90s as an unpaid legal adviser to attorneys representing Paula Jones’ sexual harassment suit against then-president Clinton, and nearly two decades later the Michigan Law School grad is a New York Times bestselling author and someone positioned to once again offer insight as another Clinton makes a likely push for the presidency.

  • Deborah Norville on colleague Tom Brokaw's cancer diagnosis

On Tuesday evening, Deborah Norville told Piers Morgan that despite Tom Brokaw’s career as a highly-public television journalist, the NBC icon prefers the spotlight not be shined on his personal life.

However, on the heels of news surrounding his multiple myeloma diagnosis, Norville notes that Brokaw is likely dealing with far more attention than he might otherwise covet:

“He probably loathes the fact that all this has been made public after he’s been dealing with this in private, but he will do what he always does, which is soldier on,” said Norville, who serves on the honorary board of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Norville started filling in on NBC Nightly News in 1989, where Brokaw was anchor and managing editor for 22 years. As such, the current host of "Inside Edition" proudly boasted about her colleague's off-camera persona:

“He is the best,” she told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. “He is insatiably curious. I know he reached out to all the right people in the myeloma community and find out the good news that there is a lot going on with regard to treatment in this disease.”

Along with a fighting spirit, Norville said there may be good reason to believe the latest research can help Brokaw and others beat this particular type of cancer:

“There are so much good work being going on right now,” she said, “A few months ago, I was speaking to the head of our Scientific Committee at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation who said to me that he believes in the very near future, it is quite possible that myeloma will be regarded as a chronic disease and much the same way that diabetes is regarded as a chronic disease.”

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  1. Sue

    Dear Piers,

    I'll preface this by saying am a big fan of yours. I normally detest Ann Coulter and everything she stands for (I think she's basically another right-wing blithering goof), but I found your dismissal of her actually sound logic on correlation vs causation quite bothersome. As a scientist/researcher, I understood that she was trying to explain the difference between two events that are correlated vs an event that causes another event (in her argument on birth control and abortion) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correlation_does_not_imply_causation). Just because two things occur at the same time does not automatically entail that one caused the other, more evidence is needed than the two stats your kept pushing on her.

    Yet you simply dismissed her for not "understanding what [she] was saying" as if her argument was gibberish. I don't care for Ms. Coulter's views one bit, however, I will giver her credit where it is due and say she was correct that you cannot relate the two with just the bits of info you read off to her and using belittling language just because you didn't understand her argument was kind of offensive and disrespectful. This is coming from a woman scientist who encounters belittling language all the time from men who have hidden egos that they are always right. Luckily in science, I can prove them wrong. As for you Piers, just do better next time–I know Ms. Coulter is normally outlandish in her views most of the time, but she deserves credit on this.

    February 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. charles Price

    Dear sir, your coverage of Tom Brokaws multiple myeloma helped bring awareness to this rare cancer. But it was severely misleading, inaccurate, and hopefully " God willing" will be retracted. You really should have interviewed someone more knowledgeable of this rare cancer. With all due respect, keep well.

    February 14, 2014 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply

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