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 Ann Coulter Reply

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 January, 2007

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 Ann Coulter - Obvious hatred for The New York Times

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By Al Owens
Let’s dispense with the easy stuff first. Mike Nifong, that apparently overzealous prosecutor down there in Durham, North Carolina is on the verge of becoming America’s most irrelevant officers of the law. While his highly publicized “rape” case is disintegrating in thin air, he’s most likely thinking up ways to keep his law license and stay out of jail. If he does face legal sanctions as a result of all of this, I sure hope he chooses to defend himself. That would most likely earn him an early retirement.

But that’s not why I’m here. These past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that Ann Coulter has sharpened her trusty little literary axe and aimed it half-heartedly at the proprietors of the Duke rape case, but her real targets are somewhere else.

This week it’s the New York Times. Her column this week is titled like The Stripper Has No Clothes. It has hardly anything to do with strippers or with their lack of wearing apparent. It’s about the New York Time’s apparent inability to think the way Ann Coulter thinks.

She’s made those claims before. (27 references to the New York Times in her columns since early November) That rivals her use of the word liberal. They’re one in the same, if you ask Ann Coulter and her fellow TV low blow artist – Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly has recently gone on a hiatus from taking his cheap shots at the New York Times. Instead he’s launched his latest campaign against NBC. He claims everybody (or just about everybody) has slid to the political left. Of course that’s Bill O’Reilly. He thinks EVERYBODY is too far-left.

It seems MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann has made O’Reilly the main butt of his jokes ever since O’Reilly called for Olbermann to get fired a few months back. (O’Reilly and Olbermann are on the air at the same time. What better way to keep your ratings edge?)

What always gets buried in all of this is the news. Ann Coulter’s points-of-view regarding the goings-on in North Carolina would probably strike a chord if it wasn’t for her myopia about the national politics supposedly involved in it. Instead it’s always got to be about other things. This week, the New York Times is supposedly avoiding the truth – so they get 16 mentions. You have to wonder if she’d been turned down for a job there.

I canvassed the Times coverage that’s been placed under her scrutiny since the case began. Headlines like: Rape Accusation Has Ruined Lives, Students Say and Duke Accuser Contradicts Herself are among the 41 stories I found. Hardly examples of a newspaper trying to get a rape accuser the verdict she supposedly wants.

Yes, I’m writing this in opposition to another journalist. (I just gave myself a promotion, folks) But if I was tasked to offer my contrasting views about most other columnists, it would hardly get this personal. But this is Ann Coulter. She begs for somebody to question her motives. And I’m oh so willing to oblige.

Back to Bill O’Reilly. I’ve always wondered how a guy who makes his living working blasting every news organization but his own, can be so thin skinned when it comes to himself. Olbermann’s nightly “Worst Person of the Day” features have apparently helped launch O’Reilly’s latest crusade. It’s a continuing O’Reilly whine that finally drew the attention of NBC News President Steve Capus the other day. Capus claims O’Reilly’s outbursts are, “really kind of sad and pathetic”.

I’m thinking that kind of thing can be applied fairly “liberally” across the not-so-broad spectrum of rightwing, self-proclaimed watchers of the mainstream media. Especially since, to them, mainstream means all of those people who don’t think as they do.