By Jonah Goldberg, NRO Editor
L’Affaire Coulter
Thu Jun 8, 2006 04:08


L’Affaire Coulter
Goodbye to all that.

By Jonah Goldberg, NRO Editor
October 3, 2001 2:20 p.m.

Dear Readers,

As many of you may have heard, we've dropped Ann Coulter's column from NRO. This has sparked varying amounts of protest, support, and, most of all, curiosity from our readers. We owe you an explanation.

Of course, we would explain our decision to Ann, but the reality is that she's called the shots from the get-go. It was Ann who decided to sever her ties with National Review — not the other way around.

This is what happened.

In the wake of her invade-and-Christianize-them column, Coulter wrote a long, rambling rant of a response to her critics that was barely coherent. She's a smart and funny person, but this was Ann at her worst — emoting rather than thinking, and badly needing editing and some self-censorship, or what is commonly referred to as "judgment."

Running this "piece" would have been an embarrassment to Ann, and to NRO. Rich Lowry pointed this out to her in an e-mail (I was returning from my honeymoon). She wrote back an angry response, defending herself from the charge that she hates Muslims and wants to convert them at gunpoint.

But this was not the point. It was NEVER the point. The problem with Ann's first column was its sloppiness of expression and thought. Ann didn't fail as a person — as all her critics on the Left say — she failed as WRITER, which for us is almost as bad.

Rich wrote her another e-mail, engaging her on this point, and asking her — in more diplomatic terms — to approach the whole controversy not as a PR-hungry, free-swinging pundit on Geraldo, but as a careful writer.

No response.

Instead, she apparently proceeded to run around town bad-mouthing NR and its employees. Then she showed up on TV and, in an attempt to ingratiate herself with fellow martyr Bill Maher, said we were "censoring" her.

By this point, it was clear she wasn't interested in continuing the relationship.

What publication on earth would continue a relationship with a writer who would refuse to discuss her work with her editors? What publication would continue to publish a writer who attacked it on TV? What publication would continue to publish a writer who lied about it — on TV and to a Washington Post reporter?

And, finally, what CONSERVATIVE publication would continue to publish a writer who doesn't even know the meaning of the word "censorship"?

So let me be clear: We did not "fire" Ann for what she wrote, even though it was poorly written and sloppy. We ended the relationship because she behaved with a total lack of professionalism, friendship, and loyalty.

What's Ann's take on all this? Well, she told the Washington Post yesterday that she loves it, because she's gotten lots of great publicity. That pretty much sums Ann up.

On the Sean Hannity show yesterday, however, apparently embarrassed by her admission to the Post, she actually tried to deny that she has sought publicity in this whole matter. Well, then, Ann, why did you complain of being "censored" on national TV? Why did you brag to the Post about all the PR?

Listening to Ann legalistically dodge around trying to explain all this would have made Bill Clinton blush.

Ann also told the Post that we only paid her $5 a month for her work (would that it were so!). Either this is a deliberate lie, or Ann needs to call her accountant because someone's been skimming her checks.

Many readers have asked, why did we run the original column in which Ann declared we should "invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity" — if we didn't like it?

Well, to be honest, it was a mistake. It stemmed from the fact this was a supposedly pre-edited syndicated column, coming in when NRO was operating with one phone line and in general chaos. Our bad.

Now as far as Ann's charges go, I must say it's hard to defend against them, because they either constitute publicity-minded name-calling, like calling us "girly-boys" — or they're so much absurd bombast.

For example:

Ann — a self-described "constitutional lawyer" — volunteered on Politically Incorrect that our "censoring" of her column was tantamount to "repealing the First Amendment." Apparently, in Ann's mind, she constitutes the thin blonde line between freedom and tyranny, and so any editorial decision she dislikes must be a travesty.

She sniffed to the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz that "Every once in awhile they'll [National Review] throw one of their people to the wolves to get good press in left-wing publications." I take personal offense to this charge. She's accusing us of betraying a friend for publicity, when in fact it was the other way around.

And, lastly, this "Joan of Arc battling the forces of political correctness" act doesn't wash. In the same 20 days in which Ann says — over and over and over again — that NR has succumbed to "PC hysteria," we've run pieces celebrating every PC shibboleth and bogeyman.

Paul Johnson has criticized Islam as an imperial religion. William F. Buckley himself has called, essentially, for a holy war. Rich Lowry wants to bring back the Shah, and I've written that Western Civilization has every right to wave the giant foam "We're Number 1!" finger as high as it wants.

The only difference between what we've run and what Ann considers so bravely iconoclastic on her part, is that we've run articles that accord persuasion higher value than shock value. It's true: Ann is fearless, in person and in her writing. But fearlessness isn't an excuse for crappy writing or crappier behavior.

To be honest, even though there's a lot more that could be said, I have no desire to get any deeper into this because, like with a Fellini movie, the deeper you get, the less sense Ann makes.

We're delighted that FrontPageMagazine has, with remarkable bravery, picked up Ann's column, presumably for only $5 a month. They'll be getting more than what they're paying for, I'm sure.

— Jonah Goldberg

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Robo-GOP Ann Coulter--Weapon of Mass Distraction
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2006 19:03:26 -0400
From: blueridge

What we are witnessing presently, since Bush's "Marriage Protection" (to defend marriage you enforce and strengthen State laws, not Federalized power) radio address on Saturday, is a deliberate media management campaign to distract from the clear evidence that the war against Iraqis (not to emancipate them) has all the marks of tyranny, oppression, and genocide built on a pack of neoconservative lies now well documented where "intelligence was fixed (fabricated) around the policy".

In desperation, Bush and the neoconservative masters of the universe are playing the Morality game (while Bush himself has had homosexual escapades since Yale, including former Mayor Victor Ashe of Tennessee, a Skull & Bones "brother", along with alleged White House consorts) in order to DISTRACT from the recent Military atrocities that showed the deliberate murder of women and children (gun shot wounds to the head, which the Pentagon calls "collateral") under the guise of "Operation Iraqi Freedom"--to prevent public outcry and backlash! In short, to FORCE the "religious" (sheep) base to rally around "their only option" (a fraud) George W. Bush. Gratification is induced by slamming the democratic left, who have opened themselves to the opportunity (their own fault), in order to re-widen and redraw party support. This psychological warfare must be exposed, and already more churches are not defending Bush, yet they have little real choice, which the fox Rove knows. Playing a (phony) Moral card, however, quickly brings the ignorant sheep back to their False Republican Shepherd, whose own corruption is being more exposed constantly. Now, to cause some real distraction...

...Suddenly, neo-conservative robo-GOP Ann Coulter is propped up and deployed, being promoted heavily, although she was dropped by the "conservative" National Review (who could not even manage her "incoherent" insanity), and condemned her as a "writer"!

...and is hardly a Christian conservative, but a trans-sexual, transvestite!

Just who is "Godless"? (NewsMax, sycophants, are selling his (her) book for only $4, so that it will become a "best-seller", i.e. a false rating by heavy markdown, cheap as toilet paper! This is how organized the propaganda machinery is, and it could be asked just who purchased these in mass quantities, to reward "Ann" and "create popularity"). What a planned distraction HE (she) is, sort of a pscyho-journalistic created cruise missile, to fire at will and cause all kinds of collateral damage, and distracting conflagrations!
She (he) is what we could call a journalistic "Manchurian candidate", who is completely programmed yet difficult to "manage", since she has gone through the abusive, mind and body-altering programming already, right out of the CIA (Bush Sr.) mind-control play-book. Mousaoui's temperament and his (hers) can be easily compared, both patsies suited for their "missions", on which they were deployed. This is a sick game, but all too real.

People should ignore Coulter and the Distraction agenda, and focus on the evidence of an unjust, unconstitutional, and immoral war, since the false-flag attack of 9/11, and press for justice, and the indictment and impeachment against a "rogue government" that has WMD and a "republican guard", that has trampled the Constitution under its feet, and has established an entirely New Government.

Coulter scolded for 9/11 remarks
Houston Chronicle, United States - 1 hour ago
Hillary Rodham Clinton lashed out at Ann Coulter for a "vicious, mean-spirited attack" on a group of outspoken 9/11 widows, whom the right-wing TV pundit ...


Now you done it! I just checked sitemeter and we're getting search engine hits for "Ann Coulter Nude."

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