‘Arizona Daily Star’ Drops Ann Coulter’s ‘Shrill’ Column

By: E&P Staff

The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson has had enough of conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

In a column announcing a wide range of changes in the paper’s opinion pages Monday, Editor and Publisher David Stoeffler revealed that the paper was dropping Coulter’s syndicated column.

“Many readers find her shrill, bombastic, and mean-spirited. And those are the words used by readers who identified themselves as conservatives,” the recently appointed Stoeffler wrote.

One recent example of Coulter’s controversial approach was in her Aug. 10 column. She wrote: “(T)he savages have declared war, and it’s far preferable to fight them in the streets of Baghdad than in the streets of New York — where the residents would immediately surrender.”

Coulter’s column is distributed weekly by Universal Press Syndicate.

Taking her place in the Star will be the Creators Syndicate column by fellow conservative Tony Snow, host of “The Tony Snow Show” on Fox News Radio and “Weekend Live With Tony Snow” on the Fox News Channel. He has also worked for several newspapers.

Stoeffler’s piece also mentioned other changes in the Star’s opinion pages, including smaller photos and cartoons to make room for longer columns and more letters.

Stoeffler has been at the paper just nine weeks. He said the paper had received about 300 e-mails on a recent re-design, and many were negative. So the Star is shifting back to ?more words? and a less fancy design.

For one thing, the cartoons by David Fitzsimmons will now run smaller, freeing up room for another columnist.

?Running a newspaper is something like building a three-legged stool,? Stoeffler explained. ?We need to understand and satisfy a broad audience. Through a combination of market research and regular contact, we come to know what readers want.”

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