10.12.2006

I don't hate Ann Coulter cause she's conservative, I loathe her cause she can't formulate a logical position

Dear Miss Snark,

I once wrote an editorial in support of a capital punishment bill, in part because writing editorials was my job, but mostly to strut my dispassionate professionalism in front of some newspaper colleagues. It has bothered me for more than twenty years.


In the past you've made sensibly disparaging remarks about Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly and Fox News, which is yet another reason I like your blog.


Would you accept someone like Coulter as a client? I have no doubt you could represent her successfully, but would you?


If not, would you represent a conservative writer who is less reckless? Or do you figure life is too short to devote some of it to advancing political agendas or viewpoints you oppose?


And yes, I recognize that only a nitwit would expect an answer that might polarize 49.7 percent of your readership.


I wouldn't take Ann Coulter as a client cause she doesn't write very well. Her statements are poorly reasoned and rely on invective rather than logic or example. I read the first three pages of Godless just this morning and had to put it down.

There are many conservative writers I admire. I probably would not take on a pro-death penalty book because I couldn't advocate for it very well.

One of the m any reasons I admire and respect Sister Helen Prejean is that when faced with opposition, she listened to what people were saying, and instead of calling them names, she prayed with them.

My hair isn't on fire cause I'm a flaming liberal. Idiots of any political persuasion are still idiots.

26 comments:

Corn Dog said...

Amen, Sistah Snark.

Jocasta said...

"Idiots of any political persuasion are still idiots."

Amen to that indeed, Miss Snark. As my favorite saying goes: if all the idiots would fly, night would fall.

Kim said...

How true is that! I love to watch when Ann Coulter is on the news programs that I watch just because it's almost comic relief. Her arguments are based on little but her personal belief, mixed with a huge helping of bitterness. When faced with a counter-argument, she tries to talk over the opposing view instead of listening to them and then explaining how she's based her opinions. And what really drives me nuts is that she won't even ENTERTAIN the fact that someone else MIGHT be right. If you don't agree with Ann Coulter, you're wrong. That's it.

Anonymous said...

I have read one of Ann Coulter's books and I agree somewhat with Miss Snark about her writing. I just don't like her writing style. I do agree with Ms. Coulter on most issues, though. And, Miss Snark is right about idiots on both sides. This oligarchy we are under are full of them. As far as the death penalty goes, I'm proud of the fact that here in Texas we make sure that guy that killed the 26 year old State Trooper and father of two young girls will never kill again (or cost law abiding, tax paying citizens $200,000.00 a year to keep locked up). -JTC

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess we all need something to make us feel proud. Strange choice, though.

Anonymous said...

I like Ann. I like Miss Snark. Publishing leans left. You fit in well. You and your little George, too. Thanks for [mostly] laughs, Miss Snark!

GutterBall said...

Idiots of any political persuasion are still idiots.

Oh, hallelujah! Someone with a readership gets it!

Anonymous said...

"Well, I guess we all need something to make us feel proud. Strange choice, though."

Nothing strange about standing up for a widow and her children.

archer said...

Speaking as a flaming far-left liberal, I think William F. Buckley's prose is gorgeous, and any column of Peggy Noonan's is a gift. It's about the writing--that's all.

Anonymous said...

anonymous in Texas, FYI: it costs much more to kill someone in the US than keep them alive in prison because all the appeals against the death sentence cost WAY more than just maintaining them in prison for life.

Ben W in PDX said...

Coulter is no different than Franken, Pitt, Clooney, or anyone else who thinks they're automatically right and won't listen to counter arguments. There's just as many on the left as there are on the right. The only difference is the ones on the left host the evening news.

Dave said...

Without getting involved in the politics of anyone on either the right or the left, what ONE writing characteristic has been consistently emphasized on Miss Snark's blog?

good writing.

Ann Coulter is not a good writer. You only have to read her books to understand that statement.

Again, what trumps everything?
Good writing.

Anonymous said...

Now I don't feel so bad about failing to finish Ann Coulter's books, having dutifully checked them out of the library. I thought I *should* like her because of similar view point, but I just couldn't get into her books.

I like Chuck Colson's stuff, for instance, because he's easier to follow.

sarahsbooks said...

Archer - William F. Buckley, indeed. And speaking of gorgeous prose, how about that conservative writer to end all conservative writers, Mark Helprin. His political essays are cogent, reasoned, passionate, and above all, intelligent. His fiction, among my favorite novels of all time. Liberal though I am, good writing does indeed trump all.

dink said...

This post of yours made my day in oh so many ways.

michaelgav said...

I wrote the original post, and I wish I had acknowledged that hypocrisy can skew both ways. If Miss Snark had taken occasional shots at NPR or Al Franken, I would have asked the same question, substituting Al for Ann.

I wrote in because I'm fascinated by how professionals (and not just publishing professionals) reconcile the occasional conflict between what's good for their careers and what's consistent with their belief systems.

And I should have known better and kept my mouth shut. There's enough political sniping in the blogosphere already, and Miss Snark's was a place we could all come to laugh at nitwits for other reasons. And learn too.

It's better that way.

Kim said...

Tell Bill O'Reilly he leans left and he'll probably choke the bejeezus out of you.

I've never read anything by Ann Coulter. I would never line her pockets by buying one of her books and I cherish what free time I have, so I won't be checking them out of the library and aggravating myself that way - altho at least I'd be able to chuck the book across the room to vent.

I've seen her on left-leaning and right-leaning news shows. Time magazine did a piece on her last year. She is obnoxious and my blood pressure shoots up into the red zone about thirty seconds after she starts speaking. Even if I agree with her - which I do on some things, to a certain extent - I still can't stand how she won't listen to any other viewpoint and how she's so quick to label those who disagree as stupid. I can't comment on her writing, but if it's anywhere near as bitter and caustic as her speech - ugh. I'll pass.

Anonymous said...

" . . . it costs much more to kill someone in the US than keep them alive in prison because all the appeals against the death sentence cost WAY more than just maintaining them in prison for life."

A man gets life in prison at 20. He lives to be 60. 40 X $200,000.00 = $8 Million dallars. I don't think it cost $8 million dallars to per person for the death penalty. And, even if it did, it's still worth it.

Jocasta said...

I guess that the sign of an intelligent mind is the capacity to at least LISTEN to what others have to say and respect different point of views instead of dismissing those who disagree as idiots, especially if you do so through your bad writing and bad arguments based on nothing but your own beliefs... as if the rest of the world was supposed to care about them anyway. In short, Ms Coulter doesn't strike me as a very intelligent person.

TJ Bennett said...

Regarding political idiocy, you may be interested in the gentleman running for Texas State Comptroller. His position on writers of romantic fiction is interesting, to say the least. His opponent wrote a romance novel nineteen years ago, and he is attempting to vilify her for being a writer of pornography. I didn't know whether to laugh or set fire to my own hair when I first heard about this. I wrote him an e-mail pointing out that Texas, my home state, is also the home state of the Romance Writers of America, a 9000 member strong organization. I politely explained the difference between pornography, which degrades women, and romance, which empowers them. I told him that since fifty percent of all commercial fiction sold is romance, SOMEBODY is reading it, and he may have just alienated a goodly number of his possible constituency by accusing them of enjoying pornography. The man's name is Fred Head. I kid you not. Here is the link, if you don't believe me: http://www.votefredhead.com/susan.html

Gotta love Texas politics. By the way, he's the Democrat!

Kim said...

re tj's post

My local RWA chapter sent an e mail to the group's loop about this guy and a number of people fired off angry (and I mean ANGRY) e mails. I, for one, couldn't stop chuckling over the fact that the guy's name is Fred Head. His parents were either morons or they hated him on sight.

On his web site, he's posted pages from the "pornographic" novel. Please - if that's porn, I don't even want to THINK about what he'd call my books.

Wonder if he'd listen to reason...

fred head - hee hee

juvenile? yes, but damn if that isn't too funny.

marion said...

Miss Snark, in light of this post, you might enjoy reading how Ann got herself fired from National Review (click on my name to see it in full). Highlights:

"In the wake of her invade-and-Christianize-them column, Coulter wrote a long, rambling rant of a response to her critics that was barely coherent. She's a smart and funny person, but this was Ann at her worst — emoting rather than thinking, and badly needing editing and some self-censorship, or what is commonly referred to as "judgment.""

"But this was not the point. It was NEVER the point. The problem with Ann's first column was its sloppiness of expression and thought. Ann didn't fail as a person — as all her critics on the Left say — she failed as a WRITER, which for us is almost as bad."

"Apparently, in Ann's mind, she constitutes the thin blonde line between freedom and tyranny, and so any editorial decision she dislikes must be a travesty."

The Unpretentious Writer said...

Also she looks needlessly smug on all her book covers and my coworkers and I want to slap her. Whenever I do shelving or returns in the Current Events section, I make sure she's not faced out, no matter how many copies we have on the shelf.

Jim Oglethorpe said...

I haven't read Ann's books (even though I am a red state vixen!)...the best book I've read in ages is "Spin Sisters" by Myrna Blyth. She is a good writer and her arguments are presented fairly. I do like that you focus on the writing, Miss Snark. Good for you.

Anonymous said...

Take it easy, Michealgav, no one's blaming you. Just put the knife down and step away. It'll be okay, now.

Desperate Writer said...

I'm a Republican, and I can't stand Ann Coulter, no matter if we share some viewpoints!!