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Ann Axed: Liberal Hatchet Job?

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Ann Axed: Liberal Hatchet Job?

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Ann Slanders or Ann Slandered? When it comes to Ann Coulter -- columnist and best-selling author of Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right -- it depends on your appetite for in-your-face commentary.

After the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., dropped the conservative Coulter last week, more than 95% of the 4,000-plus e-mail messages it received supported the cancellation, according to Executive Editor Bob Unger. "Maybe this is a hopeful sign that people are getting sick of extremists that pander to the worst in us," Unger told E&P.

But Coulter also has many fans among editors and readers. Six newspapers joined Coulter's list of more than 60 clients since Slander was published, said Kathie Kerr, director of communications for Universal Press Syndicate, adding that the Centre Daily Times is the only paper she knows to recently cancel the three-year Universal columnist.

And when an E&P Online story about the Centre Daily Times' action ran last week, 36 e-mail messages backing Coulter -- and only four backing the newspaper -- arrived in a day. The messages ranged from nasty ("You socialist pig") to earnest. A Brooklyn, N.Y., man wrote: "This was an attack on a popular conservative pundit because she is holding the irons to the feet of the liberal hypocrites and they can't get the best of her any other way than to hold her to a different standard than their own."

But Creators Syndicate media columnist Norman Solomon feels conservative columnists usually fare better than liberal ones in America's dailies. …

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