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Coulter Jokes About Rehab For Gay Slurs

By now you may have heard about the flap caused by Ann Coulter’s joke at the tail end of her CPAC speech yesterday.

From YouTube:

First, a little background. If you don’t follow the entertainment news you might not be aware of this momentous development last week.

From UPI:

‘Grey’s’ star in counseling for gay slur

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Actor Isaiah Washington has entered a treatment program as part of an effort to atone for a gay slur against a “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star in Hollywood.

“With the support of my family and friends, I have begun counseling,” the actor said in a statement Wednesday. “I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again.”

Washington reportedly agreed to undergo a psychological assessment following discussions with ABC executives about his denial at the Golden Globe awards that he had called co-star T.R. Knight a “faggot,” Eonline.com said.

“Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement that Washington’s use of “such a disturbing word” insulted gays and lesbians and “anyone who has ever struggled for respect in a world that is not always accepting of difference.” …

Ms. Coulter wrapped up her CSPAN remarks with an obvious reference to this great leap forward in political correctness and quick redemption:

I was going to have a few comments on the other presidential candidate, John Edwards. But it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot.’ So I’m kind of at an impasse. I can’t really talk about Edwards. So I think I will just conclude here and take your questions. Thank you.

This has given the lunatic left and even some of the more humorless nervous Nellies purportedly in the conservative camp a case of the vapors.

Of course Howard Dean and his fellow defenders of high public discourse standards at the Edwards’s camp have already called down fire and brimstone upon Ms. Coulter’s head. (Though Amanda Marcotte was not available for comment.)

And even three of the Republican presidential candidates have been required to go on the record denouncing Ms. Coulter’s crime against humanity.

Surprisingly, Adam Nagourney, of the New York Times emailed Ms. Coulter, asking for her response to the GOP candidates’ remarks:

On Mar 3, 2007, Adam Nagourney wrote:

The three Republican presidential contenders denouncing you… Do you want to do any response?

Here’s what they say:

The comments were wildly inappropriate,” said McCain spokesman, Brian Jones.

Mr. Giuliani said: “The comments were completely inappropriate and there should be no place for such name calling in political debate. Although John Edwards and I have differences in ideas and approach, he is a good man who I respect and admire for his commitment to public service.”

Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Mr. Romney, said:: “It was an offensive remark. Governor Romney believes all people should be treated with dignity and respect.”

To which Ms. Coulter replied:

C’mon it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean.

Did any of these guys say anything after I made the same remark about Al Gore last summer? Why not? What were they trying to say about Al Gore with their silence?

Weirdly enough, Mr. Nagourney did not see fit to include Ms. Coulter’s response in his finished article about her terrible hate crime.

From the New York Times:

Fallout Over Coulters Anti-Gay Remark

March 3, 2007

By Adam Nagourney

There’s some big fallout from the meeting in Washington of the Conservative Political Action Conference, three days of conferencing, caucusing, presidential addressing and book-hawking. These conferences have historically been known for displaying what its own organizers would describe as over-the-top behavior, and one of the regular speakers – Ann Coulter – offered an example of it when she used an anti-gay epithet on Friday to describe John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina and Democratic presidential contender.

“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,” she said, speaking to an overflow room of activists.

That rehab remark was apparently a reference to Isaiah Washington, one of the stars on Grey’s Anatomy, a television series, who called a co-star T.R. Knight anti-gay names and went to rehabilitation over it.

Mr. Edwards’s campaign quickly responded.

“John was singled out for a personal attack because the Republican establishment knows he poses the greatest threat to their power,” said his campaign manager, David Bonior. “Since they have nothing real to use against him, Coulter’s resorting to the classic right-wing strategy of riling up hate to smear a progressive champion.”

Howard Dean, the Democratic National Committee chairman, said: “There is no place in political discourse for this kind of hate-filled and bigoted comments. While Democrats and Republicans may disagree on the issues, we should all be able to agree that this kind of vile rhetoric is out of bounds.”

Democrats were not the only denouncing Ms. Coulter. “The comments were wildly inappropriate,” said Brian Jones, a spokesman for Senator John McCain, a Republican candidate for president who did not attend.

Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said: “It was an offensive remark. Governor Romney believes all people should be treated with dignity and respect.

The question of whether the remark was offensive enough aside, the Edwards campaign saw an opportunity in the remarks of a woman who is about as popular in liberal Democratic circles as Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Republican circles (not very). Mr. Bonior sent an e-mail to supporters last night urging them to make contributions to the Edwards campaign.

“If we can raise $100,000 in “Coulter Cash” this week, we can show that bigotry will only backfire on those who use it,” Mr. Bonior wrote. “John is not the first progressive leader to face this kind of slime, but together, we can make sure he is one of the last.”

Times being what they are, Mr. Bonior let in to a little bit of excess in his plea for cash. “Coulter’s attack was no accident,” he said. “It happened on national television at one of the year’s biggest conservative conferences. Dick Cheney and most of the Republican candidates were in the audience. She was even introduced by Mitt Romney.”

Mr. Cheney was not there. Mr. Romney preceded her and mentioned that she was speaking later — he jokingly referred to her as a “moderate” — but he did not formally introduce her.

That said, attendees said that Ms. Coulter not only spoke warmly about Mr. Romney but all but endorsed him.

Not one word from the person being attacked, even though Mr. Nagourney had Ms. Coulter’s written response. Nor is there one word in the article spoken in her defense.

Surely there are plenty of people who understood her joke and what it was referencing. The video tape shows that the audience laughed. They “got it.”

But what can one expect from the New York Times?

Although, of course, in every good joke there is a little bit of truth:

Still, it was just a joke.

Remember those?

Update!

So it looks like the New York Times can be shamed after all.

Their latest update of this gripping story now includes Ms. Coulter’s response:

G.O.P. Candidates Criticize Slur by Conservative Author

By ADAM NAGOURNEY
March 4, 2007

WASHINGTON, March 3 — Three of the leading Republican presidential candidates on Saturday denounced one of their party’s best-known conservative commentators for using an antigay epithet when discussing a Democratic presidential contender at a gathering of conservatives here…

Ms. Coulter, asked for a reaction to the Republican criticism, said in an e-mail message: “C’mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean.”

Better late than never, I suppose.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for a way to strike back:

Godless: The Church of Liberalism

This is a link to Amazon, which has all of Ms. Coulter’s books, if you already have this one. And of course they make great gifts as well.

Also, by using this link, S&L gets back a modest kickback of two or three cents per purchase. So it is a win-win all around.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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