Mrs. Edwards' Harangue

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The John Edwards campaign is apparently still running low on donations, so last week they went back to their top fundraiser: me.

I doubled the ratings of the lowest-rated cable news show on Tuesday by agreeing to go on for a full hour to promote my new paperback version of "Godless." Minutes before airtime, it was casually mentioned to me that Elizabeth Edwards, wife of the Democrat presidential candidate, might call in.

For the first time in recorded history, host Chris Matthews did not interrupt a guest but let Elizabeth Edwards ramble and browbeat me for being mean to her husband.

I think I may have tuned out at some point, so I can only speak to the first 45 minutes of Mrs. Edwards' harangue. But it mostly consisted of utterly dishonest renditions of things I had said on my "Good Morning America" interview last week and a column I wrote four years ago. She claimed I engaged in unprovoked attacks on the Edwardses' dead son and called for a terrorist attack on her husband.

These are bald-faced lies. Yet they were repeated ad nauseam by the mainstream media.

Here is my full sentence on "Good Morning America," which the media deceptively truncated, referring to a joke I told about Edwards six months ago that made liberals cry:

"But about the same time, you know, Bill Maher was not joking and saying he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack - - so I've learned my lesson: If I'm going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot."

Judging by his fundraising efforts so far, I gather most of you don't know who John Edwards is -- unless you're an overpriced hairdresser. He's the trial lawyer who pretended in court to channel the spirit of a handicapped fetus in front of illiterate jurors to scam tens of millions of dollars off of innocent doctors.

According to The New York Times, Edwards told one jury: "She speaks to you through me. ... And I have to tell you right now -- I didn't plan to talk about this -- right now I feel her. …