Jan
07
2009

Ann Coulter's Free Speech Rights Intact

There was a whole lot of chatter a couple of days ago (thanks to the Drudge Report) about NBC's Today show canceling an appearance by far-right bomb thrower Ann Coulter. Should the network be applauded for deciding that they had better things to do than grant Coulter's falsehoods and hate-mongering network airtime? Turns out not:

Coulter's segment was dropped from the schedule because of news that the show was expecting to cover in the Gaza Strip with the Israeli military action there and in Washington with the Obama transition. Today had booked former British prime minister Tony Blair. Coulter was to promote her new book, Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America.

"We've had Ann Coulter on Today many times, but because of the news in Washington and the Middle East, we decided to cancel her appearance tomorrow," NBC News said in a statement Monday. "Understanding the media as well as she does, we are sure she knows this happens from time to time. We look forward to welcoming her back in the future."

Coulter, for the record, appeared on the CBS morning show instead. For someone who crusades against the liberal media, she sure spends a lot of time in network TV studios.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.