August 29, 2005

Coulter's Comeuppance

The Arizona Daily Star has stopped subscribing to Ann Coulter's column.

... "Many readers find her shrill, bombastic, and mean-spirited. And those are the words used by readers who identified themselves as conservatives," the recently appointed [Editor and Publisher David]Stoeffler wrote.

One recent example of Coulter's controversial approach was in her Aug. 10 column. She wrote: "(T)he savages have declared war, and it's far preferable to fight them in the streets of Baghdad than in the streets of New York -- where the residents would immediately surrender." ...

A small, but hopeful sign.

Posted by natasha at August 29, 2005 08:05 PM | Media | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

Awesome! I just saw that! Ann's demise is going to be quite entertaining. I can't remember if I shared this, but this was one of my summer projects. Can you say "dustbin of history?"

Posted by: thehim at August 29, 2005 08:51 PM

Ann Coulter: The new Pee Wee Herman.

Actually, Ann Coulter and the people like her are not the problem. They're show business people (think "The Aristocrats") - a dime a dozen. The problem is a media system that seeks to promote her and people like her in its depiction of the political system, and a publishing system that presents their mindless blather as serious political thought.

Up until recently, the pattern has been (1) Coulter-like person makes "gaffe", (2) Coulter-like person is replaced by different Coulter-like person, (3) Repeat.

Posted by: PhilK at August 30, 2005 08:15 AM

>>Ann Coulter: The new Pee Wee Herman.>>

Eeeeeeewwww. I did not need that mental image!

But your point about the cyclical nature of loose-cannon pundits is well-taken. Sometimes it can even happen within the life-cycle of the same pundit. Michael Savage gets fired every few months or so, and he appears on a new radio station a few days later. He doesn't have a career so much as a twenty-year game of Whack-a-Crackpot

Posted by: piny at August 30, 2005 02:25 PM