10-29-2002, 08:31 PM
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<h2><font color=#003399>Don't Mess With Ann Coulter!</font></h2>
REMEMBER that regional newspaper editor who made a big show of "firing" super-pundit Ann Coulter last month?
Well, the guy is now out of a job.
The moral of the story: Don't mess with Ann.
Actually, Bob Unger did not fire Miss Coulter, because she never worked for him.
He simply stopped running her nationally syndicated column.
However, he did so in such an abusive and public manner, that people were forced to take notice.
Unger announced his move with an open letter accusing Miss Coulter of "hate."
"Ann, you're mean -- vicious, really -- which is why we do not believe that you in any way serve the public good."
Unger says that calling liberals "no good" is "over the line."
He also blew a gasket over Miss Coulter's description of the Kennedy clan as "a family of heroin addicts, statutory rapists, convicted and unconvicted female-killers, cheaters, bootleggers and dissolute drunks..."
Even people who like the Kennedys don't bother disputing those facts.
It seems obvious that Unger's open letter was a cheap publicity stunt.
You see, the paper Unger once edited -- the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.
-- reaches a largely rural audience in the God-fearing, patriotic American heartland, where people love Ann Coulter and despise liberal weenies such as Unger.
"Axing Coulter Didn't Cost Me My Job," said the headline in Editor & Publisher Online (E&P) on October 22.
"I don't think that had anything to do with it," Unger told the interviewer.
A publisher's objective is to sell papers.
Could it be that Mr. Haitz decided that bashing Ann Coulter was not conducive to that objective?
Unger insists that his decision to drop Miss Coulter's column was popular.
is at odds with the majority of the American people."
After his termination, however, Unger changed his tune.
He still told Editor & Publisher on October 22 that his mail was supportive -- "80-85%" of his 5,000-odd e-mails supposedly applauded his decision.
If Unger's mail is supportive, how does he know that the "general population" is not?
I strongly suspect that Unger is lying about his e-mails.
What happened to all those Free Republic e-mails?
My column also revealed that the extremist Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- which resents Miss Coulter's stand against Muslim terror -- had broadcast an e-bulletin, urging supporters to "Send a note of thanks to Bob Unger at email@example.com."
No doubt, sympathetic Muslim jihadists from many countries e-mailed Unger -- but surely not enough to account for the disproportionate numbers Unger cites.
I think he is lying, plain and simple.
And I am shocked that Dave Astor of Editor & Publisher and Bill O'Reilly allowed Unger to cite these flimsy statistics without challenge.
Centre Daily Times publisher Henry Haitz announced on October 22 that the paper would "immediately begin a nationwide search for [Unger's] replacement."
Haitz terminated Unger without even bothering to find a replacement first.
Full Story <font color="red"><u>Here</u></font>