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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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To: SmithL; Ann Coulter
I can see it NOW.. Anns next book..
.."FAGGOT"..
(The Art of being NormalPhobic)
21 posted on 03/09/2007 1:16:13 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: Stone Mountain

"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."

I'll tell you what is a problem though, and that's the media jumping on the bandwagon and using their power to attack Coulter. The media still have influence, and they still use it for evil.


22 posted on 03/09/2007 1:19:27 PM PST by dsc (There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. Edmund Burke)
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To: SmithL

We ridicule the DUers when they post stuff about the Dixie Chicks having their "freedom of speech" taken away by all those "right wing haters".

How are we supposed to respond when we have folks the right using the same ridiculous argument?

She can say whatever she wants, and the papers are free to run her columns or not. It's obviously not a free speech issue.


23 posted on 03/09/2007 1:20:49 PM PST by dmz
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To: Domicile of Doom

Ever heard of Michael Savage?


24 posted on 03/09/2007 1:21:31 PM PST by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked)
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To: Domicile of Doom

"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?"

That is my point as well. If Bush/Frist/Hastert et.al. had half the spine of these two ladies, we wouldn't have lost the last election. Reid and Pelosi don't hold back, nor any of the Dems.


25 posted on 03/09/2007 1:24:50 PM PST by FastCoyote
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To: RobRoy
Human beings are fascinating!

I'll take that as a compliment.

26 posted on 03/09/2007 1:25:23 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: Puppage

27 posted on 03/09/2007 1:30:08 PM PST by Jeff Gordon (History convinces me that bad government results from too much government. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SmithL

And back to reality....she told a joke. She didn't really call anybody anything.


28 posted on 03/09/2007 1:30:59 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Rummyfan
I'm glad that Ann has the foresight and the gonads to call faggots, faggots.
29 posted on 03/09/2007 1:36:47 PM PST by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: vpintheak

I seem to remember he (Savage) did stand up for himself on the homo issue on TV but another problem with that is that White Men cannot maintain their credibility with the general public. White Men are seen as the problem, the threat, and the evil among the masses. Your average Oprah watcher could never conceive of the types of things this group of people has done for humanity.

Eventually when White men are removed from doing anything in society and branded officially dangerous, then society will implode. I thinks there is lots o'money in rebuilding a society that has been destroyed by stupidheads.

Pardon my buffoonery ;)


30 posted on 03/09/2007 1:38:09 PM PST by Domicile of Doom (Hey boy why is there dirt in my hole? I dunno Boss.)
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To: SmithL
If only..........they would ban GLAD, HRC, etc etc etc, then they would be saying something worthwhile!! ALL of those afore mentioned groups, including the etc's, are banned in my house!
31 posted on 03/09/2007 1:38:29 PM PST by gidget7 (2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

>>And back to reality....she told a joke. She didn't really call anybody anything.<<

Exactly! If I said, "I can think of a few names to call Hillary, but Joe got sent to rehab for calling someone a cracker." that doesn't mean I am calling her a cracker.

A lot of people fail to notice what she actually said.

Likewise, in Hillary's campaign announcement, she did not actually say she is running. I am waiting for that to come back to haunt everyone when it becomes clear she cannot win the nomination.


32 posted on 03/09/2007 1:38:50 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: dsc

That may be a problem, but it's still not a Free Speech issue.


33 posted on 03/09/2007 1:43:16 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: Stone Mountain

"That may be a problem, but it's still not a Free Speech issue."

It can very quickly become one, with the media grooming the public to sit still for laws that ban speech that the left doesn't like.


34 posted on 03/09/2007 2:00:21 PM PST by dsc (There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. Edmund Burke)
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To: dsc
It can very quickly become one, with the media grooming the public to sit still for laws that ban speech that the left doesn't like.

If those laws come up, then it's a Free Speech issue. If the media expresses an opinion about something, it may be repugnant, but again, it's not a Free Speech issue. This Ann Coulter flap has absolutley nothing to do with Free Speech.
35 posted on 03/09/2007 2:05:39 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: Stone Mountain

It's a South Park thing.

New episode that aired on Wed, will probably be shown again on Sat.


36 posted on 03/09/2007 2:05:51 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: All
This occurred to me -- and others I suppose. So this may simply be a repeat. But without doubt it is true.

Why all the frenzy over name calling, mean-spirited rhetoric, and such?

Hillary.

They know that Hillary is dirty and they want a general agreement before the election gets going that will negate all talk of Hillary's shenanigans past, present, and future.

More proof that something is definitely up (to no good). Why else would a Clinonista (Begala?) have a new book decrying the insulting language of both sides -- even going so far as to feign disappointment with his Rat Party? I've heard interviews on the radio but I cannot remember the author.

37 posted on 03/09/2007 2:08:09 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Domicile of Doom

Come to think of it, Atlas was a White Guy wasn't he?


38 posted on 03/09/2007 2:09:52 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SmithL

Supposedly, bipartisan government is a scale depended from a point won in open debate; while this may sound good in theory, what we have seen since about 1960 is an ever-increasing set of restrictions on the terms of the debate get mostly hung on the liberal side of the string until the scale has now become weighted to one side only and it turns into a dredge being dragged through the sludge.

The only reason this country hasn't become a Democrat bulldozer is that once every few years the string breaks and the swamp settles back in.


39 posted on 03/09/2007 2:09:58 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: TC Rider

I know - I was trying to respond in South Park fashion! (Sheila Broslofski)


40 posted on 03/09/2007 2:11:05 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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