Mixed Reader Reaction to Louisiana Paper’s Possible Coulter Drop

By: E&P Staff

Ann Coulter critics and fans sent about 300 e-mails to Craig Durrett after The Times of Shreveport, La., editorial page editor said a week ago that his newspaper might replace the controversial Coulter with another conservative columnist.

“There were both visceral rants and high-minded philosophical observations about last Sunday’s column sharing our editorial board’s ruminations about pushing Ann Coulter out of our stable of columnists,” Durrett wrote yesterday. “Feeding the ‘Ann must go’ field was an unfolding story over accusations that Coulter plagiarized others in her newest book.

“Self-identified conservatives sometimes sided with liberals about Coulter’s role in keeping the venom flowing in current political discourse. Others applauded her willingness to plow into sacred-cow areas where others fear to tread.”

Durrett added: “While we have yet to make a decision, from those who want us to discontinue the Coulter column or even those who fear we will, we would be interested in suggestions for who might be a suitable conservative alternative.”

The editorial page editor also offered a sampling of the e-mails about Coulter. One e-mailer said of the Universal Press Syndicate columnist: “I like her wit and I find her to be humorous. I think of her as a modern-day Will Rogers with a conservative twist.”

But another e-mailer wrote that Coulter “is not provocative in a useful way that encourages rational and intelligent discussion — her rants only are intended to incite heated feelings and line her own pocket.”

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