Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Hecklers Cause Coulter to Cut UConn Speech
AP ^ | 12/7/5 | SHELLEY K. WONG

Posted on 12/07/2005 8:32:41 PM PST by SmithL

STORRS, Conn. - Conservative columnist Ann Coulter gave up trying to finish a speech at the University of Connecticut on Wednesday night when boos and jeers from the audience became overwhelming. Coulter cut off the talk after 15 minutes and instead held a half-hour question-and-answer session.

"I love to engage in repartee with people who are stupider than I am," Coulter told the 2,600 people at Jorgensen Auditorium.

Coulter's appearance prompted protests from several groups, including Students Against Hate and the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center. They criticized her for spreading a message of hate and intolerance.

Nearly 100 students gathered inside the Student Union for a rally against Coulter. About a half-dozen people held protest signs outside the auditorium.

After a book signing following her appearance, Coulter called the audience's reaction "typical."

Coulter, originally from New Canaan, Conn., has a history of bashing Democrats in best-selling books, frequent television appearances and speeches. Harding University in Arkansas dropped her from its lecture series in September, citing her abrasive image.

Last April, the president of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota denounced a speech on the campus by Coulter, calling it hateful. In October 2004, University of Arizona police arrested two men who ran on stage and threw custard pies at Coulter; one of the pies glanced off her shoulder.

In her speech at UConn, Coulter called Bill Clinton an "executive buffoon" who won the presidency only because Ross Perot took 19 percent of the vote. She called California Sen. Barbara Boxer a good candidate for the Democrats because "she is a woman and she's learning disabled."

During the question-and-answer session, someone asked Coulter if she really was against a woman's right to vote.

"Not having women vote is a joke," she said, reversing comments she has previously made.

Eric Knudsen, a 19-year-old sophomore journalism and social welfare major at UConn, didn't attend the speech.

"We encourage diverse opinion at UConn, but this is blatant hate speech," said Knudsen, head of Students Against Hate.

Kareem Mohni, a 20-year-old junior and a member of a campus Republicans group, said he was disgusted with the Jorgensen crowd.

"It really appalled me that we're not able to come together as a group and listen to a different view in a respectful environment," he said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; anncolter; anncoulter; coulter; freedomofspeech; rudedems; uconn
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-105 next last
No 2nd Amendment in Conn.
1 posted on 12/07/2005 8:32:42 PM PST by SmithL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]


2 posted on 12/07/2005 8:33:17 PM PST by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Shouting down speech is just following the traditions already established by the Bolsheviks and the National Socialists. No surprises here.


3 posted on 12/07/2005 8:35:40 PM PST by redpoll (redpoll)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #4 Removed by Moderator

To: SmithL
No 2nd Amendment in Conn

you're suggesting we take up arms and retake the campus?

5 posted on 12/07/2005 8:36:12 PM PST by fnord (497 1/2 feet of rope ... I just carry it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL



"boos and jeers from the audience....", "....prompted protests from several groups, including Students Against Hate..."

Students Against Hate?! Boos and jeering?! Students Against Hate?!


6 posted on 12/07/2005 8:37:37 PM PST by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
They criticized her for spreading a message of hate and intolerance.

As opposed to their message of love and tolerance...

7 posted on 12/07/2005 8:37:59 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fnord

That works for me!


8 posted on 12/07/2005 8:39:48 PM PST by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: fnord
you're suggesting we take up arms and retake the campus?

That's what I'm wondering!

But back on point... it's funny how tolerance for other views is only supposed to go one way.

9 posted on 12/07/2005 8:39:50 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Ann Coulter, UCONN - After Action Review (Vanity)
10 posted on 12/07/2005 8:40:56 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: eddiemunster
In my best Austin Powers voice-"It's a man, baby".

Then I must be gay.

11 posted on 12/07/2005 8:41:33 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Real impartial coverage here.

"We encourage diverse opinion at UConn, but this is blatant hate speech," said Knudsen, head of Students Against Hate.

Heard Howard Dean lately, buddy?

12 posted on 12/07/2005 8:41:49 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Of course it was going to be a food fight. If only the interlocutor would swallow some.
13 posted on 12/07/2005 8:42:00 PM PST by Torie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
"Not having women vote is a joke," she said, reversing comments she has previously made.

What's this about? Some journalist not understanding Coulter's tone or something? I can easily imagine Coulter's satire passing over the heads of journalists. I can't imagine Ann really calling for the end of sufferage.

14 posted on 12/07/2005 8:43:29 PM PST by formercalifornian (One nation, under whatever popular fad comes to mind at the moment, indivisible...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
...has a history of bashing Democrats

So, telling the truth about democrats is now called 'bashing'?

The truth is the democrats can't handle the truth. Expecially when a well-spoken person like Coulter or Limbaugh are always having to correct their lies with the truth.

BTW, as a Puerto Rican myself, I'm ashamed that that liberal cultural group would try to shout down free speech. Shouting down a speaker is totally contrary to any civilized culture. Talk about hate.
15 posted on 12/07/2005 8:43:45 PM PST by adorno
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #16 Removed by Moderator

To: SmithL

bttt


17 posted on 12/07/2005 8:47:41 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: eddiemunster

These hetrophobes should just invite Hillary and be done with their ''diversity''


18 posted on 12/07/2005 8:49:22 PM PST by shadeaud (Liberals suffer from acute interior cornial craniorectoitis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Free speech for liberal zealots - none for conservatives
19 posted on 12/07/2005 8:50:15 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (JOE WILSON IS A MUTHAFAKING LIAR)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: This Just In

It is amazing how leftists label anything with which they disagree as "hate speech."


20 posted on 12/07/2005 8:50:37 PM PST by SALChamps03
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: This Just In
You are expecting the left to be rational and logical. They can do neither. The only way the "progressive" left can 'debate' is by denying others the right to speech and gathering.

If a conservative group had disrupted a leftist talking like this (which I have never seen such happen), then the story would have been written completely different and the conservative protesters would be "investigated" by the paper.

Yes, as someone said above, this is EXACTLY what the Soviets, Chinese, and National Socialist did to gain power.

The left has chosen a dangerous path when they deny others the right to any speech, even while erroniously claiming their rights are 'repressed'.

You should see what the "tolerant" "we support the troops" left has done to US Soldier's websites. Grey Eagle just got her site up and was hacked several times by the "tolerant", "open minded" left.

http://www.afemalesoldier2.com

21 posted on 12/07/2005 8:51:36 PM PST by M1Tanker (Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Did any of the hecklers wet their diapers?


22 posted on 12/07/2005 8:52:48 PM PST by Enterprise (The modern Democrat Party - a toxic stew of mental illness, cultism, and organized crime.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
"Not having women vote is a joke," she said, reversing comments she has previously made.

Horses**t.

23 posted on 12/07/2005 8:53:06 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Torie

LOL A few dozen cheeseburgers would be a good start-I've got pencils thicker than her legs, but I do like her boots!;)


24 posted on 12/07/2005 8:53:51 PM PST by Frank_2001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Nor First apparently.


25 posted on 12/07/2005 8:54:41 PM PST by msnimje (Everyday there is a new example of the Democrats "Culture of Dementia")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: This Just In

Students against logic and learning


26 posted on 12/07/2005 8:55:19 PM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SALChamps03
It is amazing how leftists label anything with which they disagree as "hate speech."

Stop being so intolerant!

27 posted on 12/07/2005 8:56:16 PM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

This is absolutely the most biased reporting job. I just showed it to my friends and they can't believe it either. The liberals made absolute fools out of themselves. They did disrupt the speech through playing music, conveintly not mentioned in the article, and Ann just called them up and for Q and A. One by one she just tore into everyone one of them. And even my moderate friends said they were convinced the liberals are completely insane. All week UConn was bombarded with how she was hateful and an extremists, and even they admitted she looked completely rational in front of them. One girl i brought who is kind of a liberal fence sitter (eats up all the B.S. the professors put out) is now saying "Ann Coulter is my Idol!"

Maybe because i personally witnessed it, but this is by far the most biased, out of line, article i have read in awhile.

Here was my view of the night here.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1536086/posts


28 posted on 12/07/2005 8:56:33 PM PST by chudogg (www.chudogg.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

It's no wonder many of the other countries are now anti-American.
All they see, thanks to the MSM, are the Hollywood weirdo's and these rude, ignorant, unkempt, uncouth, unruly, biligerant mobs 'doing their thing' and assume this is typical of everyone else in the U.S.
Along with their insane DC leaders, I think they're giving me an ulcer now, besides being the cause of my unstable HBP.
Any chance I can sue?


29 posted on 12/07/2005 8:56:59 PM PST by AmeriBrit (HILLARY's1974 Watergate Crimes: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/925684/posts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Pretty lady, but someone needs to feed her a 24oz sirloin every once in a while.


30 posted on 12/07/2005 8:57:06 PM PST by Centurion2000 ((Aubrey, Tx) --- America, we get the best government corporations can buy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
"Eric Knudsen, a 19-year-old sophomore journalism and social welfare major at UConn, didn't attend the speech."

"journalism and social welfare major?"

BAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH

No agenda here....

31 posted on 12/07/2005 8:57:31 PM PST by goodnesswins (Merry Christmas......and if you don't like that, you don't get a day off....got it?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

It always amazes to see how all these tolerent Libs are so Stalinist with their censorship. Guess when you have no ideas, yell.

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


32 posted on 12/07/2005 8:59:41 PM PST by bray (Merry Christ-x)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: eddiemunster

I don't think you're cute. You obviously do.


33 posted on 12/07/2005 9:00:56 PM PST by RightOnline
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: eddiemunster

"If 90 lb. post-op trannies are your bag..."


Ha! There's no way she weighs that much!


34 posted on 12/07/2005 9:03:46 PM PST by Blzbba (For a man who does not know to which port he is sailing, no wind is favorable - Seneca)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
It really appalled me that we're not able to come together as a group and listen to a different view in a respectful environment," he said.

It's a 'liberal thing'. Better get used to it.

35 posted on 12/07/2005 9:06:47 PM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there you will find the face of Islam...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RightOnline

There are always a few.


36 posted on 12/07/2005 9:07:01 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Merry Christmas!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: eddiemunster

Aw go on. You just wish you could have sex with a man who looked that good. Or maybe you just have a problem with good looking women? Could be both. Sorry, probably is both.


37 posted on 12/07/2005 9:08:43 PM PST by saleman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: eddiemunster
It's a man, baby.


Well then....


That's got to be the "prettiest" man I've seen in a while, maybe Helen Thomas is more your type, or Rosie O'Donell?
38 posted on 12/07/2005 9:13:43 PM PST by dagoofyfoot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

"Free speech for me, but not for thee" seems to be the liberal motto nowadays.


39 posted on 12/07/2005 9:18:20 PM PST by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

Were they protesting in spanish?


40 posted on 12/07/2005 9:18:32 PM PST by Nazarene (Keep on coming, I'll keep reloading!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goodnesswins

Journalism and Social Welfare? Now days they're one and the same. BTW, Eric Knudsen needs his ass kicked.


41 posted on 12/07/2005 9:20:46 PM PST by Dionysius (ACLU is the enemy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: goodnesswins

Just wait until he starts working and sees his first paycheck and who is really paying for all that social welfare!


42 posted on 12/07/2005 9:21:24 PM PST by Nazarene (Keep on coming, I'll keep reloading!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: RaceBannon; scoopscandal; 2Trievers; LoneGOPinCT; Rodney King; sorrisi; MrSparkys; monafelice; ...
Connecticut ping!

No wonder Ann was SO ticked off during her post-UConn appearance on Hannity & Colmes tonight...

Please Freepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent Connecticut ping list.

43 posted on 12/07/2005 9:21:45 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
During the question-and-answer session, someone asked Coulter if she really was against a woman's right to vote.

She should have kept playing along and not actually explained it was sarcastic. Anyone that dumb does not deserve an explanation.

44 posted on 12/07/2005 9:21:49 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Merry Christmas!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dionysius
With a major in those areas I can guarantee you that this guy was the punching bag during his high school days.
45 posted on 12/07/2005 9:23:22 PM PST by Nazarene (Keep on coming, I'll keep reloading!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

2600 people in the audience have an evening of thought-provoking discussion ruined by 100.

Tyranny of the minority...a liberal's idea of 'fairness'.


46 posted on 12/07/2005 9:25:34 PM PST by LostInBayport (Massachusetts liberals refuse to admit we exist...we are the 37% of MA voters who voted for GWB)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: eddiemunster
That's fine. Nothing to be ashamed of. If 90 lb. post-op trannies are your bag...

I find your comment very interesting. I've encountered that sentiment many times over the years at the DUng heap and the indymedias.

47 posted on 12/07/2005 9:25:58 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Ann was on Hannity & Colmes via satellite after the debacle. She was pissed. It was in her tone, her voice and her facial expressions. I can't stand liberals.


48 posted on 12/07/2005 9:27:53 PM PST by doesnt suffer fools gladly (Merry Christmas!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nazarene

You make the huge assumption that they will actually leave the University and get a job!


49 posted on 12/07/2005 9:32:57 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Merry Christmas!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: formercalifornian
"Not having women vote is a joke," she said, reversing comments she has previously made. What's this about? Some journalist not understanding Coulter's tone or something? I can easily imagine Coulter's satire passing over the heads of journalists.

That's exactly what it is...journalists take everything conservatives say literally and in the worst possible connotation (remember Trent Lott?).

If a liberal says something that anyone with the slightest brainwave activity would find offensive, journalists find that to be 'nuanced' and not worthy of discussing further. This is how that babbling idiot Howard Dean has skated by this long.

In a word: bias.
50 posted on 12/07/2005 9:33:18 PM PST by LostInBayport (Massachusetts liberals refuse to admit we exist...we are the 37% of MA voters who voted for GWB)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-105 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson