Thursday, July 06, 2006

Copycat?

As I've written before, I think most of what Ann Coulter spews is simply the product of an empty mind laboring to produce something substantive. When the mind is empty, even vitriol has to come from somewhere.

Anyone surprised?

21 Comments:

Blogger jj said...

Let me be the first to express that this couldn't happen to a more vacuous moral coward.

7/06/2006 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope it doesn't take as long as it did to see Delay's back. I'm not as young as I used to be.
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7/06/2006 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't even think Coulter rates "moral coward", because I don't think she has any real principles at stake beyond maximizing her bank account and celebrity. You have to have principles to betray in order to be a moral coward. But Coulter's nothing more than a performing mercenary nihilist.

That said, if the plagiarism charges bear out, I think the University of Michigan would do well to yank the academic credentials it's given her. It goes without saying that her income will probably increase -- the clods who take her seriously will never be put off by anything she does....
-- sglover

7/06/2006 11:42 PM  
Blogger James said...

I am more concerned about the fora offered her, the attention she attracts, and those who side with her. The public needs to be more discerning in its intake and response to data.

7/07/2006 6:45 AM  
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7/07/2006 12:03 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

Coulter is funny as hell! I am awed at how many liberals and conservatives take her so literal.She is a comedian and quite funny I might add. If TCR would have linked to the list of the actual "plagerisms" you would see how weak the charges are. Below is the link. Even Daily Ko's had to admit that there is no case there. If people really hate her as much as they seem to do, it would be wise to ignore her not give her more pub day in and day out.

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/001070.php

7/07/2006 1:38 PM  
Anonymous djinn said...

Roy, give us an example of something Ann said or wrote that you find "funny".

7/07/2006 5:50 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

While there are so many funny things she says it is hard to nail down one. Here is a link to an article I found particularly funny. Is she over the top? Sure. But just like I find other comedians such as Chris Rock funny, for example, that he likes to pick up women at abortion rally's because they are sluts, it was only a joke and I thought it was a funny one. Yet some found it offensive, gimme a break it was comedy. Same thing with Ann Coulter, Bill Mahr, Jamie Foxx, etc...

http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/article.cgi?article=109

7/07/2006 6:08 PM  
Anonymous djinn said...

Okay, I'm back now. That column is quite representative of Ann's writing, what with the slopping thinking, straw-man arguments and pedestrian "analysis" of current events. She's hardly breaking any cultural taboos here. It all boils down to, "these girls were asking for it." What about this puts her in a league with Chris Rock?

7/07/2006 7:15 PM  
Anonymous djinn said...

BTW, Chris Rock is an extremely gifted actor who has developed a comic persona. He's not funny because he's offensive; there's the physical comedy, the body language that makes him a great comedian. Or did you think that he was funny because he was calling women sluts?

7/07/2006 7:21 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

Your use of phrases such as "sloppy thinking," "straw man arguments," and "pedestrian analysis," suggests that you are not holding her to the same standard as Chris Rock. I never said she had insightful arguments just that she was funny. The article was funny because all of the media attention that was thrown on that rape case. It was national headline news for almost 3 weeks, when it should have been a regional story. There was something like 15 pages in my Newsweek dedicated to that story. Her article seemed to make fun of the entire situation, I found that funny because the news coverage was a joke. I dont like Chris Rock for his analysis but rather I find him funny just like I do Ann. I guess our tastes in comedy just differ.

7/07/2006 7:24 PM  
Anonymous djinn said...

Gosh, it would never occur to me in a million years to compare Ann to Chris Rock--why would I?

I still don't follow your thinking.
Where in this column does she criticize the media for making too much of the case? Did I miss something? If anything, she's taking advantage of and piling on the media frenzy about the case.

7/07/2006 7:54 PM  
Anonymous George said...

Roy, you say that Coulter is a comedian, but many people find her offensive. Here's an experiment to try: every time she rags on "liberals" (half the country by the right-wing definition), substitute "blacks", "Christians", "Jews", or "Republicans" in place of "liberal". If it's still funny in each of those cases, then it's humor and not political invective. I have a feeling that you wouldn't find it so funny if someone was proposing the use of violence against, for example, Christians.

I wonder how the Nazis first talked about the Jews in the formative years of the Reich? I wonder if it started out as "humor"?

7/07/2006 8:22 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

George, First I am not Christian (or white) and I dont even believe in god. Second, I realize many people are offended by her just as many tight in the ass conservatives are offended by C. Rock (which is why I compared the two). I find her funny because she makes fun of the far left-wing just like Stephen Colbert makes fun of far right Bush supporters. Both are funny to me.

Comparing it to Nazis is a horrible comparison. I am not sure if you are aware of the "Jewish problem" throughout all of Europe prior to WWII, but they like the blacks here did not have the same civil rights that Christian Europeans had. Making fun of liberals or conservatives is making fun of a thought process not a racial group and certainly not a group denied civil rights.

7/08/2006 10:52 AM  
Blogger Roy said...

Perhaps the comparison to Rock is not a good one but I believe a comparison to Colbert is more apt

7/08/2006 11:18 AM  
Anonymous wendy said...

no, Colbert is brilliant. Coulter is just a reactionary asshole with no sense of irony.

7/09/2006 4:49 PM  
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