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"Ban Ann Coulter": Free speech for me but not for thee?
SFGate: The Ross Report ^ | 3/9/7 | Andrew S. Ross

Posted on 03/09/2007 12:57:28 PM PST by SmithL

The Chronicle's story today on the ongoing furor over Ann Coulter and the 'F-word', reports that the backlash includes a campaign initiated today by a gay rights group and media watchdog to persuade mainstream media outlets to dump her for good.

The organizations in question, GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign, are seeking to get rid of Coulter from the airwaves and from being syndicated to newspapers.

Is all this a step too far?

Ironically, GLAAD itself is the target of a campaign by the American Family Association to get the Ford Motor Co., a development noted by the gay web site, Queerty.

Taking a leaf from HRC's book, should other organizations petition to take Bill Maher off of HBO because of his off-color remarks on the possible untimely death of Dick Cheney. That happened to Maher once before, when "Politically Incorrect" was summarily dispatched from ABC after he made comments perceived to be politically incorrect about Al Qaeda.

So, how far might, or should, this erosion of offensive speech go?

Is there a difference between activist organizations pushing to boot Ann Coulter off the air, and, say, the government of Turkey banning You Tube because of perceived undignified references to Kamal Attaturk (since lifted by a Turkish court). Or schools and libraries banning literature considered "dangerous." Or New York City banning the "N-word", no matter how much it is part of the vernacular (as is the "F-word"). Or, for that matter, Europe criminalizing Holocaust denial.

All terribly offensive, of course, but so are Klan marches, and neo-Nazi marches through Skokie, which the ACLU defended

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; borked; dixiechicks; freespeech
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1 posted on 03/09/2007 12:57:32 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

The people who are doing this are the same people who talk about the Dixie Chicks like they're Saint Stephen, Patron of Martyrs.


2 posted on 03/09/2007 1:00:00 PM PST by denydenydeny ("We have always been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France"--Wellington)
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To: SmithL
AFAIC, they can protest all they want. As long as Ann's books sell and she is in demand as a speaker, their demands will have all the effect of a leaf falling is a river.

Go Ann Go!

3 posted on 03/09/2007 1:00:06 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SmithL

First Schlesinger now Coulter. It seems the conservative white women are the only ones willing to risk anything to stop the homo/race pimp/liberal agenda. Why are white men so unwilling to do what they have done?


4 posted on 03/09/2007 1:00:14 PM PST by Domicile of Doom
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To: SmithL

San Fran tried to ban Fox News so no one could see O'Reilly. Free speech as long as you believe what WE believe.


5 posted on 03/09/2007 1:01:13 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SmithL

I've always found people who try to silence their opponents far more offensive than even the most outrageous speech.


6 posted on 03/09/2007 1:02:21 PM PST by voltaires_zit (Government is the problem, not the answer.)
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To: SmithL
San Francisco's Queer Theater Presents Its Winter Season

There is no standard like a double standard
7 posted on 03/09/2007 1:03:50 PM PST by Beckwith (The dhimmicrats and liberal media have chosen sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: voltaires_zit
I've always found people who try to silence their opponents far more offensive than even the most outrageous speech.

Dixie Chicks?

8 posted on 03/09/2007 1:05:10 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: SmithL

"So, how far might, or should, this erosion of offensive speech go?"

Efforts to limit the commercial exposure and viability of Ann Coulter do not affect her free speech.

If not being on network news is the measure of the freedom of a person's speech, I am virtually without a voice!


9 posted on 03/09/2007 1:06:27 PM PST by Sols
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To: denydenydeny

Ann brought this on herself.

She has a right to free speech. Everyone else has the right to object to what she says.

Whats the problem?


10 posted on 03/09/2007 1:06:29 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: SmithL

This has nothing to do with Free Speech. Coulter isn't being prosecuted by the government. She has the right to say what she wants, and others have the right to complain, boycott, or whatever. It wasn't a Free Speech issue when Freepers boycotted the Dixie Chicks, and it isn't a Free Speech issue now.


11 posted on 03/09/2007 1:07:18 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: SmithL
To which Ann replied Bring it on faggots!
12 posted on 03/09/2007 1:08:34 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Stone Mountain

I'm tired of being annoyed by the NAGGERS!


13 posted on 03/09/2007 1:09:48 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: TC Rider

Whatwhatwhat? : )


14 posted on 03/09/2007 1:11:08 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: Rummyfan

Stick to your guns Ann!


15 posted on 03/09/2007 1:12:59 PM PST by Issaquahking (Duncan Hunter for president!)
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To: Doe Eyes

Neither what Ms Coulter said, nor what the Dixie Chicks said, is particularly outrageous, imo. Outrageous is, for example, David Duke or Louis Farrakhan in some of their more "out there" moments.

Somebody who was offended might reasonably not buy any more of the offended party's merchandise (whatever it may be).

But to go out of one's way to kick them from the marketplace is just a cheap ploy to limit debate.


16 posted on 03/09/2007 1:13:28 PM PST by voltaires_zit (Government is the problem, not the answer.)
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To: JRochelle

I'm neither attacking nor defending Coulter. All my post did was point out how the Human Rights Campaigns of the world that are so intent on silencing Coulter are the same people who are horrified by the "censoring" of the Dixie Chicks.

Literacy is a valuable skill.


17 posted on 03/09/2007 1:15:17 PM PST by denydenydeny ("We have always been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France"--Wellington)
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To: Rummyfan

LOL!!!!!


18 posted on 03/09/2007 1:15:38 PM PST by A message (We who care, Can Not Fail)
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To: Stone Mountain

Whatwhatwhat? : )

LOL!! Caught me off guard.


19 posted on 03/09/2007 1:16:02 PM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: JRochelle

>>Ann brought this on herself.
She has a right to free speech. Everyone else has the right to object to what she says.
Whats the problem?<<

I'm with you on this one. She knows what she is doing here and it is high entertainment to watch the detractors squirm.

And with every controversy, she becomes more and more of a household word - first derided, and then applauded as people educate themselves.

Human beings are fascinating!


20 posted on 03/09/2007 1:16:12 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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