Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Politics as usual

NEW YORK At least one newspaper has canceled Ann Coulter's column after she implied that Democratic politician John Edwards is a "faggot."

The daily Lancaster (Pa.) New Era, in a note to readers, said it "halted publication of Ann Coulter's syndicated column following her crude characterization of presidential candidate John Edwards as a homosexual at a public appearance on Friday. Coulter's use of name-calling, sarcasm, and overstatement in her columns too often detracts from the arguments she seeks to make. ...

"Lancaster County residents of whatever political view -- conservative, moderate, or liberal -- deserve intelligent discussion of issues. Ann Coulter no longer provides that."

IThe editor added: "My primary objection to Coulter's antics are that they distract attention from the issues that are important -- the war in Iraq, immigration policy, spending policy, health care. Her schoolyard taunt of John Edwards is just so irrelevant to American life. I resent having to spend a moment dealing with it."

In other fallout, several advertisers -- including Verizon -- withdrew ads from Coulter's Web site on Monday. "Per our policy, the networked Web site ad purchases are supposed to be stripped of certain kinds of Web sites," said a Verizon spokesperson. "This one could be considered an extreme political Web site, should be off the list, and now it is off the list."

AT&T also pulled ads, announcing: "Many of our ad placements -- particularly on the Internet -- are secured in bulk with placements made by third-party buyers with a goal of trying to reach the broadest audiences possible. We ask our media buyers to avoid sites that might generally be seen as offensive or polarizing to the public, which appears to be the case with this political Web site. Our ads have been withdrawn."

Universal Press Syndicate distributes Coulter to about 100 newspapers. The syndicate declined to comment to E&P yesterday on Coulter's slur, saying she hadn't made it in her newspaper column.

Coulter's exact words Friday, when speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, were: "I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I -- so kind of an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards."


cats said...

i for one am happy to hear less of her and her nastiness.

of course i tune her out anyway.

leone said...

She sounds quite witty in a vile kind of way!! Hi Don, I've had a problem with my Haloscan comment code being corrupted and inadvertently deleted your comment on Libby when sorting it out....ooooops and sorry.It wasn't intentional and I'd welcome a replecement!

Have a great weekend...

Leone xx

BostonPobble said...

I have tried to comment on this. I haven't been able to figure out what to say. Too much of it is a feeling that even I can't quite verbalize (and me being speechless is a Rare, Rare thing)


The one thing that gives me any kind of hope out of this is that even some conservative institutions have dropped her, stopped advertising on her site or renounced her as being harmful and unproductive. TTG someone is acting like an adult.