On the Egregious Ann Coulter, We Agree:
She's a Circus Act That Should Be Ignored
One good thing about the new cultural environment (a challenging economy that's ushering in a return to basics and the restoration of a progressive majority in the federal government) is that we can perhaps, at long last, begin to ignore the idiot fringes of the right wing (okay, we should ignore the idiot left also). That includes such distasteful figures and institutions as Rush Limbaugh, the Drudge Report and Fox News. But most of all, we should ignore the raving lunatic Ann Coulter.
We haven't mentioned her since 2003, and there's a reason. Just as I rarely complain about Fox News (because to do so gives it credit for being a news organization when it's really merely a propaganda outlet), I try not to give the oxygen of attention to these other avatars of the lunatic right. So I loved how Portfolio Magazine media columnist Jeff Bercovici scornfully called out NBC News for the way it cynically used the harpie "author" to bump up its ratings with her empty latter-day McCarthyite theatrics. For that strong and principled statement, he's just been named our man of the weekend.
UPDATE: LA Times columnist James Rainey touches on how Coulter's paleo right pal Rush Limbaugh feels energized by having a new president to lambaste.