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  •  I sent my E-mail to Time (none)
    Thanks for the address.

    I think it would be a nice idea for all to send their revulsion e-mails.  

    Fix the Problems, Don't create new ones

    by BarnBabe on Sun Apr 17, 2005 at 11:59:43 AM PDT

    •  Here's mine (already sent): (none)
      I found your choice of Ann Coulter as this week's cover story interesting to say the least; to continue your present journalistic standards, I suggest  you consider prominently displaying David Horowitz in a future issue. He shares a number of distinctions with Ann Coulter.

      They have similar views on 'liberals'--Horowitz is an admirer of Coulter for just this reason, perhaps in part as a retaliation against 'liberal pundits'. Of course even he admits that Ann goes over the top sometimes, but that's what he likes about her--provided that what she writes is satire.

      Ay, there's the rub: as Horowitz wrote on his own website in an article entitled 'The Trouble with "Treason"' (July 8, 2003), "what if [the opening of Treason] is not satire? Is it the case that liberals like Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy sided with the enemy? Of course not." So apparently Ann Coulter's views are fine just so long as you don't take her seriously! If you did, however, assume that she meant what she said, well then that would be 'Slander' (or in the case of her books, 'Libel'--perhaps that title will be forthcoming from her?).

      Still, fact-checking aside, Horowitz still admires her spirit; and they share other things in common as well. Perhaps most significantly, David Horowitz and Ann Coulter share funding: Ann Coulter was fired by the National Review due to the content of one of her columns; perhaps it was the bit about killing Arab leaders and civilians, carpet-bombing cities, and converting the remaining people to Christianity. She was then hired by David Horowitz, who wasn't offended because--remember--he doesn't take her seriously ("her comment was hyperbolic, tongue firmly in cheek"). Ah yes David, ha ha indeed, how clever of her.

      But again, back to the funding: how can Horowitz afford to hire her, run his site, and campaign for his pet causes? Well he isn't independently wealthy, but others are: his group ("the Center for the Study of Popular Culture") is funded by a number of conservative foundations, prominently including the John M. Olin foundation, the Bradley foundation, and the Scaife foundations. Each has contributed millions, and the total contribution is nearly $14 million from 1989-2003 (mediatransparency.org). All to attack so-called 'leftist anti-American elitist culture'--you know, the half of America that they don't like.

      So there you have it: if you advocate killing Arab civilians and enjoy slandering liberals, you too can enjoy the funding of many conservative foundations, and be an advocate for their causes! Perhaps Time can cash in on this gravy train too, if it hasn't done so already.

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