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Some of you might remember my posting a few months ago about Ann Coulter. Conservative SlutAt the time I was miffed that she would attack the 9/11 widows as part of a PR ploy to sell her book.  The result was a posting here called Ann Coulter: Conservative Slut.

Her latest attempt at “free speech” was an attack on John Edwards as a “faggot.”

Now, here at A Rake’s Progress and the Hillary Clinton Quarterly, I am an earnest supporter of free speech — even speech I don’t agree with. For example, at Wilton High School in Wilton, CT, the principal banned a school play because he didn’t agree with its anti-war sentiments. Even though I personally believe it would be a mistake to hurriedly withdraw militarily from Iraq,  I also believethe principal’s action was dead wrong and a suppression of free speech. Assuming it is not hate speech and they are not inciting violence, those Wilton students have a right to express their political views, as do students who might take the opposite position.

That said, we are not obligated to listen to or read someone else’s free speech. If you don’t like this blog, for example, don’t read it. If the wealthy neo-cons in Wilton don’t like people protesting the Iraq war, they can stay home, drink their gin and watch Mad Money or whatever else suits their fancy.

The same goes for Slutty Ann.

She has the right to say whatever nasty things she wants to say. On the other hand, we have the First Amendment right to protest her comments in the media and encourage newspapers to drop her column. As a free-market conservative, Coulter no doubt understands the economic forces at work in the media. She’s certainly used them to make a few bucks, but that free market stuff cuts both ways.

Consumers — that’s you and me — can exert their free speech rights to pressure newspapers to stop running Coulter’s rants. As far as I am concerned, she can print up her own little newsletters like a modern-day Tom Paine and hand them out on street corners where she belongs.

All of this is a roundabout way of saying that I support the effort by Media Matters to get newspapers to pull Ann’s soapbox out from under her feet. If you are interested, visit their web site and do a little protesting of your own.

Besides, Ann says she likes getting all this attention, so do it for her.

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