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Why Newspapers Are Dying: The Ann Coulter Edition
Right Wing News ^ | June 21, 2010 | John Hawkins

Posted on 06/21/2010 9:58:17 AM PDT by Syncro

John Hawkins Why Newspapers Are Dying: The Ann Coulter Edition
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Townhall is the big league of conservative punditry. All of the A-List conservative columnists, with the exception of perhaps Mark Steyn, Karl Rove, & Peggy Noonan write for them. Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Michelle Malkin, Charles Krauthammer, Mike Adams, George Will, Jonah Goldberg, Victor Davis Hanson, -- they're all at Townhall, along with a lot of other top notch pundits.

So last night, I took a look at the 5 most popular columns for the last 30 days on Townhall. So, which of those incredibly talented columnists made the list? Actually, as of last night, none of them:

Coulter Dominates Most Read At Townhall


Now, it's no secret that Ann Coulter is an extremely popular columnist, but that's a level of domination you seldom see from anyone not named Michael Jordan, Greg LeMond, or George S. Patton.

But, it also reminded me of something Ann Coulter said in my 5th interview with her.
There are newspapers all over the country going out of business today and that brings up a question. From what I have seen, no insult meant to Mark Steyn, Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Sowell, etc., but you seem to be the single most popular columnist in America with conservatives. So, how many papers run your column?

Thank you for noticing! And thank you for reminding me of the devastating collapse of the newspaper industry. I love a happy ending!

The only newspaper big enough to be on Nexis to carry my column is my home newspaper, Human Events, which was also Ronald Reagan's favorite newspaper. If that's how the newspaper industry treats the author of seven massive New York Times bestsellers - including one that was a collection of the columns most newspapers were refusing to publish -- how can any bright young conservative writer expect to be published?...

So, there you go. A woman whose last 5 columns were the 5 most popular columns at Townhall for an entire month can't get mainstream media outlets to carry her column. Yet, you have journalists all across the country griping that no one wants to read newspapers anymore. Well, when you're completely indifferent to what your customers want, it's no shock that they're not interested in your product.


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; coulter; johnhawkins; journalists; msmdying; newspapers; townhall
Love the last paragraph!
So, there you go. A woman whose last 5 columns were the 5 most popular columns at Townhall for an entire month can't get mainstream media outlets to carry her column. Yet, you have journalists all across the country griping that no one wants to read newspapers anymore. Well, when you're completely indifferent to what your customers want, it's no shock that they're not interested in your product.

1 posted on 06/21/2010 9:58:18 AM PDT by Syncro
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To: Syncro

Good point!


2 posted on 06/21/2010 10:01:45 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Syncro

Raoul’s law.


3 posted on 06/21/2010 10:05:36 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Syncro
Ann Coulter is a great columnist, but I'd rate Mark Steyn and Dr. Thomas Sowell better. Part of the reason is that Ann has to resort to shock statements to get the most attention whereas Steyn uses humorous satire and Sowell uses pure intellect to accomplish the same think.
4 posted on 06/21/2010 10:09:21 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Syncro
Well, when you're completely indifferent to what your customers want, it's no shock that they're not interested in your product.

While this is obvious to most people, the Liberal Mind is convinced that conservatives don't (and in many cases don't know how to) read. Consequently, they draw the (perfectly logical) conclusion that there is no such thing as a popular conservative columnist from their (flawed) premise.

5 posted on 06/21/2010 10:10:39 AM PDT by trad_anglican
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To: Syncro
"you have journalists all across the country griping that no one wants to read newspapers anymore....."

Which would be another reason why the statists want a kill switch for the internet, and FCC regulation. They want to be able to manipulate the 21st century communications medium in the same way they have manipulated television broadcasts in the 20th century. Reminds me of the "Government-Media Complex" M. Savage speaks of. Saw a post earlier today on FR mentioning how Mika B. from MSLSD (thanks Mark Levin) admitted to working with the White House on talking points for the BP spill disaster. Spin baby spin. The relationship between television networks and the government is absolutely horrifying.


6 posted on 06/21/2010 10:11:56 AM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: Vigilanteman
Thanks goodness they don't all punditify in a cookie cutter manner.

I respect your preferences.

I like Coulter because not only does she use “shock statements" but also a generous portion of humorous satire and pure intellect.

No one can call her a one trick pony. Three out of three rocks.

: > )

PS: I like those other two also.

I don't see any competition there.

7 posted on 06/21/2010 10:15:57 AM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: trad_anglican

True dat!


8 posted on 06/21/2010 10:16:27 AM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: mrmeyer
Mika’s her daddy in a dress
9 posted on 06/21/2010 10:17:25 AM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: RonDog; jellybean; knews_hound; Ann Coulter
QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN ANN
June 22, 2010, 10:32 AM
THE MOST POPULAR CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST! - RWN: Why Newspapers Are Dying -- The Ann Coulter Edition

(And you can also read it at anncoulter.com!)

10 posted on 06/21/2010 10:20:28 AM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: Syncro

The MSM think that not only the customer is always wrong but also stupid.....and they wonder why they are dying.


11 posted on 06/21/2010 10:21:50 AM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: Syncro

Because they are stupid.


12 posted on 06/21/2010 10:25:08 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Syncro; abb

bump


13 posted on 06/21/2010 10:28:05 AM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: Syncro

I laughed yesterday because I complained to my wife about the newspaper . . . I dig it out of the recycling bin in our condos to use to pick up my dog crap. I complained because they recently made the paper smaller in size (no longer doing their own printing). I complained because I was worried I would get dog crap on my hands. I am the son of a newspaper editor and I don’t think I’ve read a paper in 3 years, maybe more.


14 posted on 06/21/2010 10:32:39 AM PDT by Mere Survival (Mere Survival: The new American Dream)
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To: GeronL

You’ll want to see this thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2537013/posts

DeMint bill would gut ‘activist’ FCC, prevent ‘Internet takeover’


15 posted on 06/21/2010 10:34:09 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Mere Survival
How funny!

The SF chronicle has shrunk also

I'm always getting calls to subscribe to newspapers, I just tell them my bird died

16 posted on 06/21/2010 10:38:33 AM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: Syncro; carlo3b; stanz; gakrak; massfreeper; hosepipe; Donald Rumsfeld Fan; MadLibDisease; fffff; ..
Here's the Ann ping!

Let me know if you'd like to be added to the Ann Coulter ping list.

17 posted on 06/21/2010 10:39:37 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: Syncro

not to nitpick, but someone needs to enlighten John Hawkins that ‘sister peggy’ went wobbly long ago. She is neither “A-list” or “conservative”.


18 posted on 06/21/2010 11:35:43 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Syncro
Newspapers play the role of liberal "scold" - print what the "great unwashed - the little people" need to hear (by their holy standards) - not what they want to read.

Liberals want us to eat seaweed and tofu rather than what we want to eat - and the cutting edge newspaper food reflects their bias.

Watch movies that put us and our beliefs down - and lecture us about the superiority of their beliefs - read the reviews....

Then we're fed only the liberal side of an issue - and asked to vote accordingly. And yet they wonder why their numbers continually go down...

19 posted on 06/21/2010 11:37:30 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Yeah, I saw that also, and was about to post to that when I read your comment.

Noonan as a conservative? Laughable.

20 posted on 06/21/2010 11:40:30 AM PDT by alarm rider (The left will always tell you who they fear the most. What are they telling you now?)
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To: Syncro
Re: Coulter

As a proud “Crank”, I ( personally) will never willingly give Coulter another dime of my money.

21 posted on 06/21/2010 11:46:20 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Syncro
I'm always getting calls to subscribe to newspapers, I just tell them my bird died

LOL

22 posted on 06/21/2010 11:56:23 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Syncro

My local paper dropped Ann’s column under pressure from a few lefties after she criticized the Jersey Girls exploitation of their husband’s deaths on 9/11 for their own leftist politics. I remind them periodically of how much their circulation has dropped since they dropped Ann. It probably won’t do any good, but I enjoy rubbing their liberal noses in their own failure.


23 posted on 06/21/2010 12:19:24 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: wintertime

Ann will do just fine without your dime. Meanwhile, you will remain ignorant, uninformed, and humor challenged.


24 posted on 06/21/2010 12:20:38 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Mere Survival

I use our newspapers to wrap presents throughout the year, craft projects, under arts and crafts to contain messes, packing fragile items etc. I can’t remember the last time I actually read one. I do my reading online.


25 posted on 06/21/2010 12:54:20 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: Vigilanteman

The thing is that I think Ann Coulter is the smartest person in the room. Whatever room she’s in. I really respect her intellect, no insult at all to Steyn or Sowell.


26 posted on 06/21/2010 1:10:53 PM PDT by Mere Survival (Mere Survival: The new American Dream)
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To: ozzymandus

A nickel here, a nickel there. It’s amazing how those dimes add up!


27 posted on 06/21/2010 1:32:22 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Vigilanteman
Ann Coulter is a great columnist, but I'd rate Mark Steyn and Dr. Thomas Sowell better. Part of the reason is that Ann has to resort to shock statements to get the most attention whereas Steyn uses humorous satire and Sowell uses pure intellect to accomplish the same think.

I used to think so, before I considered what "PC" means and where it came from.

"Politically correct" means *prospective* constraints on speech, where you self-censor, then censor others, based on the anticipated punishment for something you were going to have said.

Ann, by coming out and saying something even worse than the (false) accusations which would have been used to silence conservatives, for much less than what she herself said, acts to purchase conversational "breathing room" against accusations of "Crimethink."

We owe her all a great deal.

Cheers!

28 posted on 06/21/2010 1:41:44 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Ann Coulter is a great columnist, but I'd rate Mark Steyn and Dr. Thomas Sowell better. Part of the reason is that Ann has to resort to shock statements to get the most attention whereas Steyn uses humorous satire and Sowell uses pure intellect to accomplish the same think.

I used to think so, before I considered what "PC" means and where it came from.

"Politically correct" means *prospective* constraints on speech, where you self-censor, then censor others, based on the anticipated punishment for something you were going to have said.

Ann, by coming out and saying something even worse than the (false) accusations which would have been used to silence conservatives, for much less than what she herself said, acts to purchase conversational "breathing room" against accusations of "Crimethink."

We owe her all a great deal.

Cheers!

29 posted on 06/21/2010 1:41:50 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Syncro
when you're completely indifferent to what your customers want, it's no shock that they're not interested in your product.
30 posted on 06/21/2010 2:30:55 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Vigilanteman

Slightly different audiences...

Same message...

Different delivery...


31 posted on 06/21/2010 2:31:46 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: grey_whiskers; Tennessee Nana; SZonian; Utah Binger; greyfoxx39; Godzilla; aMorePerfectUnion; ...
"Politically correct" means ...

There is a RELIGIOUSLY Correct as well - an OPRAHisation of 'religion' where we all sing Kumbaya and just get along; no matter WHAT heretical (compared to Christianity) 'beliefs' are being bandied about.

There is a fierce group of Religious Warriors on FR that has had enough and are speaking out to SUPPORT Christianity in much the same manner of these columnists mentioned in this thread.

32 posted on 06/21/2010 2:40:07 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: wintertime
She don't want or need your filthy lucre Crank

Thanks for the bump to a great thread!

33 posted on 06/22/2010 2:01:35 PM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: Elsie

Amen to that!


34 posted on 06/22/2010 2:03:39 PM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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