Jun 6, 2007
The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus attempted to interview Republican mouthpiece and hatemonger Ann Coulter about the controversy surrounding her appearance at Cleary University’s Economic Club Speakers Luncheon Series.
No luck. Apparently, the only way she will talk to anyone from a community so insignificant as Livingston County is if they ante up $30,000. Instead, she answered questions via email. No word on how much she charged them, and there certainly is no proof Coulter actually wrote the responses herself, other than the disgusting and snarky tone. It looks like a Playboy interview, only much shorter and less interesting. She answers serious, thoughtful questions with flip, glib answers.
I also think the newspaper is missing the point when it says the controversy over Coulter only began when she “used the word "faggot" in March when talking about Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, her previously scheduled appearance in Livingston County this fall took on a more controversial tinge.” That is untrue. It’s her body of hate, racism and prejudice that is driving the objection. Her appearance reinforces the undeserved reputation that we are racists here, and it reinforces the general perception that Livingston County is a safe haven for racists and bigots of all ilks, like Coulter.
Perhaps the real reason Cleary is not canceling her appearance is because of the ticket sales. “Cleary has already sold more than 300 tickets at $60 each, the largest number of tickets sold for a speech in the series. Sales are occurring faster than for any other speech in the series history, said Janet Filip, development director for the university and coordinator of the event” and wife of the chair of the Livingston County Republican Party.
The rest of her answers are just normal crap from Coulter. It proves the more outrageous and hateful things she says, people like Cleary President Tom Sullivan throw more money at her. I guess that blows away the thin excuse from Cleary that her appearance “enrich(s) the Livingston County community by hosting speakers who can share a broad spectrum of social, political, intellectual and cultural experiences.” Her excuse seems to be her hate speech is really just a joke, and us “poorly-dressed subversives” just don’t get it.
Wasn’t Don Imus’s remark about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team a joke?