I’ve received a slew of e-mail over the past days, asking why I haven’t posted anything about that nasty (looking and sounding) right wing shrew that irresponsibly dropped ‘the other F bomb’ last week. If you can’t decode that: Folks want to know why I haven’t posted anything about Ann Coulter. (Ugh, it sends shivers up my spine to even type her name.) I’ve disliked Ann for a much longer than just this past week. She is a nasty person and an unkind individual. Kind of like the nasty girl in high school that made everyone else feel like crap to hide her own insecurities. Makes you wonder what the hell Annie is so insecure about… Must be a biggie, whatever it is.
On the other hand, good for Ann, she’s made a career out of being a talentless, miserable, loathing, hate monger, and she makes Rush Limbaugh look like a choir boy. Considering that she’s neither rational nor intelligent, it’s admirable that she’s been able to carve out such a career for herself.
Anyhow, instead of a lengthy post, I’m encouraged that the right-wing bloggers are equally as outraged as the left, and so I’ve turned my attention to writing letters. Some fellow over at the right-of-center The American Mind has posted a well composed open letter to the CPAC. Good for him, a toast across the aisle, and a true unpolitical, thank you.
I’ve taken to writing letters, like the one below:
I hope this message finds you well. I have for years been a long time fan of Universal Press Syndicate, and I appreciate the family-oriented, responsible content of your columns and comics. I simply can’t imagine a world without Dear Abby or James Dobson. However, as the company that syndicates Ann Coulter, I felt compelled to write regarding Ms. Coulter’s recent and absurd behavior.
I make every effort to understand all sides of every story — and though sometimes Abby is a bit more liberal that I might be, and more often, James is more conservative than I — the perspective that responsible journalists and columnists bring is enlightening, rooted in fact, and while not always objective, put forth with good will to educate, enlighten, and inform the public. Naturally, every columnist has a bias, but I truly believe that as editor, it is your responsibility to ensure that your columnists are not bigots, and most certainly that they do not incite hate.
Ms. Coulter’s recent comments have revealed not a one-time slip of the tongue, but a track record of disparaging comments against gays. Such comments are reprehensible and can be readily equated with sexist, racial, ethnic, and religious slurs. Such language has no place in an enlightened society, and certainly has no place in productive discourse.
I am disturbed that your company, one I have trusted and respected for over 30 years, supports, endorses, and indeed syndicates a hate-fuelled bigot. While I fully support free speech, I can not endorse reckless hate speech.
I look forward to your reply.