Papers drop Coulter column after Edwards slur

Ann Coulter was a speaker last weekend at the annual conservative conference CPAC in D.C.
She is beginning to feel the effects of her hate speach. I found this at rawstory.com One of the papers mentioned in the article that are dropping her column is the paper in Sevierville (Dollywood & Gatlinburg area) Makes me feel good about spending my tourist dollars over there every fall with our friends in the beautiful Smokies.

By Robert MacMillan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three newspapers said this week they will drop Ann Coulter’s column after the conservative author referred to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards as a “faggot.”

The Mountain Press in Sevierville, Tennessee, The Oakland Press in Michigan and the Lancaster New Era in Pennsylvania said they would stop running Coulter’s syndicated column because of the comment she made last week.

Republicans and Democrats have lambasted Coulter for using the gay slur in reference to Edwards, a former U.S. senator, during a speech March 2 at the American Conservative Union’s Political Action Conference.

“We will not continue to publish the columns of someone who uses people as a punch line to get a cheap laugh and who so freely uses an offensive term to describe another human being,” Mountain Press Editor Stan Voit wrote.

The New Era’s editorial board said it would halt the column following her “crude characterization of presidential candidate John Edwards as a homosexual.”

It also criticized Coulter’s column on its Web site. “The quality of public discussion falls below that which Lancaster County residents expect in the opinion pages of their daily newspaper.”

Coulter’s column, which has been distributed by Universal Press Syndicate since 1999, runs in about 100 papers, syndicate spokeswoman Kathie Kerr said, adding that the syndicate has no plans to drop the column.

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Universal Press Syndicate President Lee Salem said the company has no legal interest in what its writers and cartoonists do or say outside their relationship.

“Whether the words she chose in referring to John Edwards were misplaced humor or outright bigotry, we would not have distributed them in her column,” Salem wrote in an e-mail.

Coulter is the author of the books “Godless: The Church of Liberalism” and “How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter.”

Her publisher, Random House imprint Crown Forum, did not return a telephone call seeking comment. Coulter was unavailable for comment. Her Web site was inaccessible most of Wednesday.

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