I don’t agree with everything Ann Coulter says or the way she presents her ideas. But I do think she occasionally provides a non-politically correct breath of fresh air in her columns and appearances.
I understand there are those on the Left, however, that believe that Ms. Coulter is the Anti-christ, Satan walking at large among us, or at the very least, Hilter Hitler in a dress. They go into a collective frenzy whenever she speaks, write hateful screeds about her whenever she is in the public eye, and given the opportunity, would probably throw more pies at her if they could.
So it is not surprising that they greeted with screeches of joy and a complete lack of skepticism the brief rumor yesterday from gossip sheet Page 6 of the New York Post that Ms. Coulter had broken her jaw:
“WE HEAR THAT although we didn’t think it would be possible to silence Ann Coulter, the leggy reaction- ary [sic] broke her jaw and the mouth that roared has been wired shut…”
Well, the roar from the left side of the blogosphere is still echoing. The LA Times Blog says: “I know, I know. If the report is true, It’s almost as if our prayers have been answered.” Americablog also simply quotes the Post’s report with no official commentary.
While the Huffington Post reported it as news, they still had to get a little jab in: “Ann Coulter may be completely silenced, at least for a while. If the New York Post‘s Page Six report is true, Coulter broke her jaw and her mouth is wired shut…”
And I hate to say it, but I’m afraid to check Daily Kos and the Democratic Underground. I really don’t want to wade, however briefly. into the kind of bile that passes for commentary on those sites.
The story here, however is twofold. First, the fact that the brief detail-less line of text that spawned the frenzy of Coulter-hate is in fact a gossip page which also reports items like:
- WE HEAR THAT the Tel Aviv Hilton was abuzz Saturday with the arrival of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jeffrey Katzenberg for the Israeli premiere of “Madagascar 2
- MARTHA Stewart (above) is no snob. The caterer who turned herself into a conglomerate made friends at the Alderson, W. Va., federal prison, and she’s still in touch, she tells Fortune magazine…
- Paris Hilton’s popularity has plummeted. The heir-head, whose show, “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF,” on MTV has low ratings, was booed so badly at the Kress in Hollywood this weekend, she refused to take the stage.
Now that’s a credible source!
Also of concern is the enormous backlash of foam-flecked hate occasioned by the alleged jaw-wiring. Comments on the sites quoted above range from the relatively mild: “Ann’s jaw wired shut? There is a god…” to the mean-spirited: “To bad it wasn’t her neck” to the absolute vitriolic: “Next to Rush Limbaugh becoming deaf due to his popping Hillbilly Heroin, this is the clearest example of karma in action in the modern world.”
To be fair, intermixed with these comments were some few that were supportive of Ms. Coulter or simply wished her a speedy recovery. And much to my surprise, the comments at the Huffington Post were mostly polite and supportive. But the vast majority of comments occasioned by an unverified passing blurb on a gossip sheet quickly brought out the very worst of the barking moonbat brigade.
In the days before our national day of Thanksgiving, we should all be feasting on gratitute. It’s a shame that much of the left seems to prefer a straight diet of schadenfreude.
Note: I hestitate to link to some of the sites I quoted above, but you can find them easily enough. Here is a link to the search terms I used. Some of these sites are not for the faint of heart.