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Friday, July 30, 2004

The Coulter Column Controversy

There was some controversy earlier in the week, when USA Today decided it wasn't going to run a column by Ann Coulter. The newspaper had asked Coulter for a column at the start of the Democratic convention, and the column she wrote was, well, a piece of human excrement. Okay, it was stupid.

As is the standard for right-wing "news," Matt Drudge "broke" the story with the following breathless "prose":

USA Today editors have spiked a daily convention column they commissioned from conservative controversialist Ann Coulter, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Coulter filed her first report from Boston Sunday night, only to be told hours later that editors found it "unusable" and "not funny."

"Apparently no one at USA TODAY had ever read Ann Coulter before!" Coulter, who has sold nearly a million copies of her various works and his written a syndicated column for five years, said from Boston.

(Here's a link to Coulter's "spiked" column, which isn't very good, nor funny).

On cue, conservatives everywhere started crying "censorship!"

Before I move on, I'd like to make a point: when I wrote a column about efforts to censor Michael Moore, right-wing reaction was along the lines of "It's not censorship, you fucking idiot, censorship applies only to the government!" Okay.

A little over a week ago a poll was taken by the Continental newspaper chain to drop Gary Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury from some of its papers. That decision was of course defended by conservatives.

Ah, now the hypocrisy comes to light. So it's not okay for USA Today to "spike" the Coulter column, but it's okay for newspaper to not run Doonesbury? That's known as "conservative logic."

Not that I expect consistent, logical reasoning from conservatives.


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