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March 09, 2007

Will Liberals Protest The Violation Of Her Free Speech Rights By Corporate America?

And will they insist that Ann Coulter receive the Pulitzer Prize for her courage in speaking out in the face of attempts by her critics and opponents to silence her? Of course not – after all, it isn’t like the Left believes that conservatives have any rights worthy of respect.

At least three newspapers have pulled conservative commentator Ann Coulter's syndicated column from their editorial pages after her comments last week calling Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards a "faggot."

Newspapers in Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Michigan pulled the column after criticism from readers. In addition, reports say at least three companies, Verizon, Sallie Mae and NetBank, have dropped their advertising from Coulter's Web site after a liberal blogger launched a campaign to petition the firms to stop their support.

The Mountain Press in Sevier County, Tenn., pulled Coulter's column this week and called her comments at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week "distasteful and irresponsible," according to its note to readers on its Web site.

"When we agree to buy a syndicated column we expect the writer to offer responsible, reasoned opinion on national and international issues," said Stan Voit, editor of the Mountain Press. "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."

Of course, I believe these papers and advertisers have every right to act as they have – and see absolutely no First Amendment implications to their decisions. But then again, I also had no problem with the same treatment being given to the Dixie Chicks after their outrageous comments – while the left-wingers rewarded them with Grammys for their latest song, “I’m Not Ready To Stop Whining”. But then again, that is the difference between conservatives and liberals – we have principles that apply across the board, while the left does not.





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