Mouthpiece for the right

March 03, 2007 by barbara

If I say anything about this, I will go ballistic yet again. Bad form for a peace advocate. Go ballistic for me, okay? From AmericaBlog:

"UPI and FOX cover Coulter calling John Edwards a 'faggot,' but AP, Wash Post and NYT nowhere to be found. UPDATE: See John Edwards' response and also repudiation by Republic candidates McCain, Giuliani and Romney. Yeah, I know, but it's better than nothing. I think. Read on.

"None of the 'normal' media (meaning, non-FOX and non-UPI) is touching this story with a ten foot poll. Why is that? It's not like Ann Coulter isn't a big deal. Like it or not, she was on the cover of TIME just, what, a year or two ago? She's a bigot, a loud-mouth, and a jerk, but to write her off as irrelevant is simply a lie. Here is UPI's coverage.

Ann Coulter calls John Edwards 'faggot'

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Best-selling right-wing author Ann Coulter, speaking to a conservative audience in Washington Friday, called former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., a "faggot."
Coulter was a featured speaker at the 34th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Following her prepared remarks, televised on C-Span, Coulter was asked to talk about Edwards.

"It turns out 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," she said.

"Rehab" may have been a reference to "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington's decision to go into rehab during a public relations firestorm after he called one of his co-stars a "faggot."

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean called on Republican presidential candidates, especially those who attended the conference, to denounce Coulter's remark, Fox News reported.

Coulter has previously suggested that other prominent Democrats are gay -- including former Vice President Al Gore, former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton, Editor & Publisher reported. All of them, including Edwards, are married, and Bill Clinton's heterosexual tendencies caused a certain amount of well publicized trouble for him as in the White House.

Ballistic on Coulter. Ballistic on Howard Dean, who has gone all mute on Gore sliming. Gah!!

UPDATE: Here is John Edwards' response to Coulter's projectile spewing.

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perhansa (not verified) | March 3, 2007 - 2:30pm

I see conservatives mouthpieces like O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, Jason Lewis, Kersten et al in a similar vein to the characters that dominate the World Wrestling Federation. They are doing exactly what they get paid to do...entertain the base and distract attention from the sad state of the real world through lowbrow entertainment. If the GOP was in anyway successful running the country during the past 6 years they wouldn't have to rely so heavily on these "entertainers" to use whatever lowbrow, vulger, mean spirited tactics it takes to get the base excited and the opposition enraged. Let's admit it--they're good at it and they get paid a lot of money to do it. They've been very successful at drawing the conflict up in a neat simplistic good guys and bad guys culture war and then raise the volume several decibels. Everytime there's bad news the volume goes up and the attacks get uglier. I too am dispirited and disgusted at the resounding silence from the DNC and Democratic leaders (where is Barbara Boxer's sharp tongue when you need it?) as well. However, as others have cautioned, best not to knee-jerk and respond in kind; we're sure to lose in a spitting contest with the masters of phlegm. Rather, let's come back to the record they are shamelessly (or shamefully) trying to divert attention from...how's the conflict & rebuilding in Iraq going GOP? Who is still left in Iraq from the coalition of the "willing"? How many hundreds of billions have we spent now and just exactly what DO we have to show for it? How's the Katrina recovery going? How are living conditions at Walter Reed these days? What's the deficit/national debt climbed to this week? What progress did we make in the last six months on global warming? How many icebergs melted this month while the US government did NOTHING? Where are those benchmarks for the Iraqi government and what are the CONSEQUENCES? How are we coming on national healthcare? Got any more "winning strategies" for education beside "no campaign contributor left behind"?

And, while we're talking about silence, there seems to be an awful lot of silence coming from our side on these very same issues...maybe we need to stop worrying about what the likes of AC and company are saying, we already know what they are and how much they get paid to do it, and expend our energy on some workable solutions to put forth and grabbibg headlines with some meaningful answers. The best way to shut up a fool is to take away their audience. We could do that by putting them to work solving real problems. We all need to take a deep breath and count to ten...then get to work on some solutions.

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susan | March 3, 2007 - 3:18pm

perhansa, I like how you think -- and write. It's so true what you say about these bloviating broadcasters doing their job. They're the rodeo clowns who run in to distract the bull after the rider's been thrown. Well, sort of. Not sure we're the ones being distracted or the ones being thrown, but god knows we've been bucked -- yes that's a "b", but feel free. . .
It is dispiriting, as you write. I think the reasons blogs have flourished is in part due to the way the MSM tends to sleepwalk through so much that's going on -- though kudos to the Washington Post for keeping on the story of the dismissed federal prosecutors and the rats at Walter Reed -- but also because misery loves company. We connect and feel we're part of some shared outrage, even if we feel pretty powerless to do much about it. And maybe we aren't quite as powerless as we often feel. Look what we pulled off, barely, in November. And yes, we're frustrated at the ever-meek Dems, but things are happening that would not be were it not for that slim victory we eked out. Hearings on the fired prosecutors, for example, starting on Monday. If those prosecutors had been fired and the Republics were still in charge, I think my despair would hit rock bottom. That or I'd be typing in code and organizing a putsch, which come to think of it . . .

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perhansa (not verified) | March 5, 2007 - 12:23pm

Thanks for your reply. Also, thanks to you and James for responding to Katherine Kersten's assault on Al Gore. I was reminded of an old saying which I can't recall about those in the arena fighting the battles versus those on the sidelines shouting taunts and discouragement...It's a lot easier to be on the side taunting but a lot more fulfilling being in the arena. I was steamed by KK hatchet job and was glad someone took her to task.

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Babs (not verified) | March 3, 2007 - 3:56pm

You're right, of course, Perhansa. Your gentle bucket o'cold water is exactly what I need when I let people like AC get under my skin. Skin has gotten very thin after six years of Reign of the Republics. I wake up every day, determined to stay focused and ready to do good work, and pretty much jerk my own chain the minute I read the first outrageous Republic action or word of the day. Which is generally in the first headline viewed. Which is the whole point, of course. Eat up energy that could be better spent accomplishing something constructive. It is the way of things. I do wonder sometimes what it's like to be (or be parent of) the likes of Coulter and Limbaugh and O'Reilly and Malkin and, and, and. (They do have moms, right?) Is money really enough to bypass decency all day, every day? Apparently it is. (sigh)

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perhansa (not verified) | March 5, 2007 - 12:28pm

I don't know if you saw "Thank You for Smoking" but there's a great line in there from Buckley's book about those taking the money that comes with being despicable: "You have to pay the mortgage." I guess it's like the old Oscar Wilde line, "Now that we know what you are we're just haggling over the price."

Thanks for the insightful and indignant ideas you all are putting out here on Clothesline.

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