Monday, June 12, 2006

David Carr Leaves Us Hanging While He Lets Ann Coulter Off The Hook

So the Princess of Pablum has released another hysterical screed entitled "Godless: The Church of Liberalism" and is now flogging it or having others, like David Carr of The New York Times, do it for her.
In his column today, Carr earnestly tries to show he's onto Coulter, who at 45 is looking more haggard as she gets more strident, but is hoplessly, desperately trying to show he's not one of those Coulter has gotten rich trying to hard to despise.
After nearly 1,000 words of trying and generally failing to explain her away, Carr writes:

Without the total package, Ms. Coulter would be just one more nut living in Mom's basement. You can accuse her of cynicism all you want, but the fact that she is one of the leading political writers of our age says something about the rest of us.

And exactly what is that something, David?

Coulter may have a devoted audience, but so do many right-wing columnists and talk-show hosts. They're a loyal fringe who revel in their own myopia. They like that someone is bold enough to be the politically incorrect/class clown that they are too cowered to be -- a warped Greek chorus, if you will.
And that the someone who calls Katie Couric "Eva Braun," Cindy Sheehan a "C-list celebrity" or 9/11 widows "harpies" who enjoy being millionaires now that their husbands are dead is tall, thin, blonde -- and to some, good looking -- is so much icing on their odious cake.
Conservatives are good at trying interrupting and ridiculing others who disagree with them and trying to be the loudest in the roomn, as if he who bellows most is the one who's right. Coulter excels at being a bully, which is why you see her on TV a lot. It's also the key to her success as an author, not to mention why journalists like David Carr bother writing about her.
And that says something about the Fourth Estate. But it doesn't say something, anything about the rest of us.

That may be the answer you're looking for, Dave.

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