July 26, 2004

Coulter's Out

Word from USA Today spies: Coulter is being replaced with another conservative columnist. No word who it is yet...

Apparently, they're drowning in hate-mail from Freepers. As with NRO, she's trashing her editors publicly rather than agreeing to an edit.

One look at her column-- which she's posted here, with editorial notes-- makes it clear why it wasn't suitable for USA Today: it's written as if for Coulter's usual audience, who eat up her invective-- not for a general readership.

Of course, USA Today shouldn't have hired her if they didn't want an Ann Coulter column, or at least should have been clearer on their standards before they signed the contract.

Will they have similar problems with Michael Moore? It wouldn't be much of a surprise.

UPDATE: Drudge says on his mainpage that they're replacing Coulter with Jonah Goldberg; my USA Today source confirms this. He's an entertaining writer who'll play well for a general audience, but a suitable foil for Michael Moore? No way. Perhaps if they replace Moore with, say, Al Franken.

LAST UPDATE: The official word.

Posted by John Tabin at July 26, 2004 06:14 PM

I agree with something you said. I cannot imagine why USA wanted ANN if they did not want her to be herself. It makes no sense. Goldberg is a good choice, but he is less incinderary.

If they object to Coulter, I should think they would object to Moore more as he is WAY more extreme than she could ever hope to be. Will they back away from Moore-don't hold your breath.

Posted by: da at July 26, 2004 11:30 PM

I really don't see how Moore will be "more extreme" than this. In his books and articles, self-serving as they may be, he does not call his foes "spawn of satan" or "pie wagons." It was stupid, piddly stuff like that which put Coulter over the line.

Posted by: Dave Weigel at July 27, 2004 01:50 AM