One of the standard knocks against USAT during Coultergate has been: Duh! What did we expect? She’s a vicious hack bitch goddess! And my favorite: “They probably never read an Ann Coulter column before!”
An objective look at her columns would suggest she actually can, and does, do better than the column she flung at us. Take her latest one.
The traditional greeting at the Democratic National Convention is, “Where do you teach?” On rare occasions, the greeting is modified to, “Where does your husband teach?” or “Where does your gay lover teach?” (Democrats could save a lot of money by holding the Democratic National Convention and the National Education Association Convention at the same time.)
Now that is a good lede. That is a readable lede. Why, for USAT, did she lead with “Here at the Spawn of Satan convention?”
It goes on:
The Democrats keep loudly proclaiming that Republicans represent only extremely white rich people, while the Democrats represent all Americans. (Bar bet: Among the four major candidates for president and vice president this year, who has the smallest net worth? Answer: George Bush.)
Also good. This is a statement based in fact, and easily sourced, and riffs off actual happenings at the Dem convention. Why, for USAT, did she make up shit about hippie cartoon characters?
Democrats are representative of the nation only if the nation we’re talking about is Brazil. For Democrats, there is only the maid and millionaires. There are no Americans in the middle. To the extent Democrats are forced to recognize working-class white men, they call them “fascists.”
This is hyperbole, of course, but hyperbole is okay.
To thunderous applause here in the American Taliban, billionaire Teresa Heinz Kerry said she looks forward to a day when “women who have earned the right to be opinionated will be called smart and informed — just as men are.” It’s no wonder Democrats weren’t interested in liberating Afghanistan and Iraq from woman-hating Islamicist fanatics: They think real oppression of women consists of people calling Teresa “opinionated” right here in the USA.
Another fair joke! Coulter riffs on the NAACP’s insane rhetoric and brings in some real Republican anger to the fantastical goo of the DNC – the willfull negligence of the reasons George Bush got into all those wars.
Without posting more of this, I think it’s clear that this kind of column would have been 95% acceptable for USAT. Indeed, it’s what we were expecting – some observations and bullshit-spinning from a writer who’s angry at the way Democrats are presenting themselves.
But it was easier for Coulter to turn in a poorly-written screed and then cry “censorship.” And it’s easy for media critics to criticize USAT for getting what we paid for when a cursory look at what we paid for reveals that we got scammed.