The question is: will you have any impact when you "politely ask" a leopard to change her spots? Should you even bother? (remember, we're putting aside commercial political speech. It always make sense to raise money by demonizing your enemies.)
The best-case scenario for accountability zealotry is that everyone will then know Coulter for what she is. Trouble is, her fans already know, and love it.
Some people can't be ignored because of the damage they may do. But Elizabeth Edwards v. Ann Coulter isn't Joseph Welch v. Joe McCarthy. Reuters told its readers it didn't cover Coulter's "faggot" remark at a Republican event earlier this year because she is not an "accountable political person." Good call. Here's the slapdown verbatim from Paul Holmes, (former) editor for political and general news:
Ann Coulter is not an accountable political figure and what she says is not really newsworthy so I am satisfied that we took the right decision to ignore the story rather than lend further life to the slur.Ouch.
The best-case scenario for accountability zealotry is that everyone will then know Coulter for what she is. Trouble is, her fans already know, and love it. She will likely get more fans from the publicity. You might get some credits in the bank of your choice by taking her on. And the shift in the political dynamic in any election will be ... none.
I can't stand Coulter. I wish she would just go away. I wish her pal and my hero Bill Maher wouldn't give her one second more of air time. But I'll get along by continuing to ignore this "not really newsworthy" person.
Now, Paris Hilton news -- that's another story.
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