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ABC Reporter Wants Ann Coulter Silenced

From those celebrants of diversity (except in political thought) at ABC News:

Ann Coulter: Marketing Genius?

Critics Wonder Whether Her Controversial Comments Are Calculated to Sell More Books


Oct. 17, 2007 — She has referred to Sept. 11 widows as “self-obsessed women” who are “enjoying their husbands’ deaths,” and has even admitted that she wished Timothy McVeigh had bombed The New York Times building instead of the one in Oklahoma City.

Late last week, conservative pundit Ann Coulter landed herself in national headlines, yet again, after an appearance on CNBC’s “The Big Idea,” where she said she thought the world would be better if everyone were Christian.

When host Donny Deutsch asked her whether that meant she wanted to see Judaism disappear, Coulter who was on the show to promote her sixth book, “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans” replied, “We just want Jews to be perfected.”

Since then, critics have swung into full force. The Anti-Defamation League and the National Jewish Democratic Council have issued statements in response to Coulter’s remarks, the latter requesting the media stop inviting her to be a guest on programming altogether.

“No one has been reluctant to book [Coulter], and we’ve had as many requests as ever probably more,” Coulter’s publicist, Diane Banister, told ABCNEWS.com, arguing against speculation that Coulter may soon be less prominent on news talk shows.

Banister also had no explanation for an open letter to readers that appeared on Coulter’s Web site Tuesday, claiming that her “career as a media figurehead is over.” Members of the blogosphere speculated that her site had been hacked. The letter was removed midday and replaced with Coulter’s latest column, opining about the Republican presidential hopefuls.

Coulter’s comments, as controversial as they often are, make great television, several media told ABCNEWS.com, but the more outlandish and offensive she gets, the more likely it is that networks will begin refusing her a spot on their programs.

In the meantime, though, Coulter may be playing her cards just right: ruffling the feathers of her critics, while her own market value and name continue to grow.

Coulter as Marketing Genius

With a syndicated column published throughout the country, six books five of which were best-sellers and, according to Media Matters, more than 200 appearances on MSNBC, CNBC and the Fox News Channel to date, Coulter hasn’t had a hard time finding a place to express her opinions.

And some argue that Coulter uses that to her advantage, appearing on shows purely to make a scene, and consequently, generating more press for her books.

“I think [her comments] are highly calculated,” said Liam O’Brien, an expert in media criticism and pop culture at Quinnipiac University. “I’m not sure she knows what trigger on which verbal gun she is going to pull at any given moment, but I think at any particular time, she has three or four of these things that are controversial and inflammatory enough to get national press notice above and beyond whatever the topic is of her book or the talk show.”

Coincidence or not, a few of Coulter’s book releases have, in fact, coincided with a remark that has ignited a media frenzy.

After 9/11, and around the time of her book “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” Coulter appeared on NBC’s “Today Show,” where she reiterated statements from her book in which she pegs 9/11 widows as “broads” who were actually enjoying the media attention.

Her comments about McVeigh and The New York Times were also made around the same time she released her book “Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right.”

“She’s absolutely one of the best marketers,” said O’Brien. “There is a reason her books do well, and I don’t think it’s necessarily about the content, but that people want to hear what inflammatory thing she’s going to say next.”

Chris Ariens, editor of media news Web site TVNewser.com, said that he thinks Coulter genuinely believes in what she talks about, but can’t deny her financial motivations.

“There is a bit of marketing,” Ariens told ABCNEWS.com. “I don’t think she says outrageous things necessarily solely to sell a book. I think she believes the things she says, and doesn’t care what other people think.”

“I think there’s a reason the shows go on when her book is on sale,” said Ariens. “And then, she’s often booked to talk about her comments, but then ends up selling more books.”

Will TV Ever Turn Its Back on Coulter?

With radio personality Don Imus slowly recovering from his racist on-air faux pas, and Bill O’Reilly’s controversial remarks about blacks still in recent memory, how long Coulter will sustain her role as a go-to talking head is unclear. It’s quite possible, media critics said, that her marketing skills could turn into a double-edged sword.

“[Coulter’s] sort of like a train wreck,” said Ariens, who affirmed that Coulter definitely has a following. “You do want to watch the train as it goes down the track, but if you expect it’s going to derail at some point, you kind of want to see what happens.”

So far, none of the major television networks have said they will refrain from inviting Coulter on their shows.

“The decision to put someone like Ann Coulter on our air is not one we would ever take lightly,” said a CNBC spokesperson in an e-mail to ABCNEWS.com. “However, when you talk about banning someone from the airwaves because of their views whatever they may be you are getting into dangerous territory.”

But several media critics said they’re not so sure Coulter’s popularity will extend past her current book tour.

“[Networks] love people who kind of speak their mind, and they know Coulter is a lightning rod, and anything will come out of her mouth, and it will make great TV,” said Gemma Puglisi, pop culture expert at American University in Washington, D.C. “But there are lines you cross, and boundaries beyond that line when you’re being really offensive.”

“There will be a time when Coulter will care [if she offends people],” added Puglisi. “[It will be] when it affects her bottom line.”

“I certainly don’t think she’s untouchable,” said O’Brien. “I think there is something that will be her last straw, and I really don’t know why we’re not there yet.

“In six months, there will be less of Coulter, not none, but less,” added O’Brien.

What a shock. Yet another courageous “journalist” is demanding that Ann Coulter be silenced.

Of course one wonders if Ms. Friedman really believes what she wrote or is she just writing about Ann Coulter to make a name for herself and to increase her “Q” in the highly competitive world of news reporting?

Does she really mean what she wrote or is she just sucking up to her leftwing Disney bosses? Is this really her opinion or is she just hoping to get some money from George Soros?

Or maybe Emily is angling for a job with Pro Publica, the Democrat uber fat cats’ latest attempt at creating a ministry of propaganda. (As if ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WP, and the AP aren’t enough.)

Still, one wonders where this crack reporter was for the five years after Ann Coulter was fired from MSNBC. When Ms. Coulter couldn’t get her columns run anywhere, when no publisher would touch her books, when she was close to living in a refrigerator box on the street.

Oddly enough, Ann Coulter was saying exactly the same sort of impolitic things then as she is saying now, even when it made her unemployable and unpublishable. 

By the way, despite this claim by our intrepid reporter:

With a syndicated column published throughout the country, six books five of which were best-sellers

In actuality all six of Ms. Coulter’s books have been on the New York Times bestseller list.

Of course this misinformation, like much of what Ms. Friedman writes, seems to have been dictated to her by the Soros/DNC front, Media Matters.

[Note: ABC has now corrected this error on their website.]

Also notice this profile in courage:

“The decision to put someone like Ann Coulter on our air is not one we would ever take lightly,” said a CNBC spokesperson in an e-mail to ABCNEWS.com. “However, when you talk about banning someone from the airwaves because of their views whatever they may be you are getting into dangerous territory.”

This is pretty laughable, especially since I am reliably informed that all of CNBC was in overdrive trying to use Ms. Coulter to get publicity for their network the week before the debut of the upstart Fox Business Channel.

Indeed, Coulter’s appeared on the Donny Deutsch a week before they aired it. Would it be cynical to suggest that CNBC purposefully delayed running the program so as to get their name before the public just when Fox was starting a competitive business network?

Just who is doing the marketing here?

But never mind such details. Ms. Friedman must get her name out before the public. Must stir up controversy.

Mr. Soros and the DNC are offering big money at Pro Publica.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “ABC Reporter Wants Ann Coulter Silenced”

  1. GL0120 says:

    Ann ruffles their feathers simply because she’s not afraid to treat the libs in the same manner that they treat conservatives.
    Long live Ann Coulter!

  2. JohnMG says:

    Let’s see…..silence them! Ann? Rush? Hannity? Fairness Doctrine, anyone? The push is on. All the “left” need (want?) is an incident to give cover to the actual implementation of select censorship. They’re not even bothering to disguise it now. “Bush was stealing your constitutional rights, not me”, says Obama. “He’s the socialist, not me”, says Obama.

    The media are Obama’s apologists, so what else should we expect?

  3. VMAN says:

    Ann makes all of these people look like mental midgets and they just can’t stand it.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    “Critics Wonder Whether Her Controversial Comments Are Calculated to Sell More Books”

    If the critics would listen they would know that Ann Coulter is an author who wants to sell books.

    Anyone see her on O’Reilly or Beck last week? She said, “I have a new book out for sale.” More than once.

  5. pagar says:

    What this nation needs is a whole lot more Ann Coulters who are willing to say what they believe and a whole lot less of the MSM who are only willing to say what the Democrats want them to say. If the Democrats had to pay their leftist propaganda producers for their efforts the Party wouldn’t have enough money to pay the first 24 hours.

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