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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Nevada Papers Stick With Coulter

Both the Elko Daily Free Press (see yesterday's post) and the Las Vegas Review Journal have now come out saying they'll keep dumbpundit Ann Coulter on as a regular columnist. The LVRJ:

Several newspapers have dropped conservative syndicated columnist Ann Coulter from their pages after she used a homosexual slur last week, but two Nevada newspapers won't be joining the list.

The Review-Journal inbox has been flooded with more than 2,000 e-mails calling for the column's demise, but editorial page editor John Kerr said he would continue treating Coulter's columns as he always has -- by reading and running them on a case-by-case basis.

"We try to provide a variety of opinions and will continue to do so," Kerr said.

Coulter also got the nod from top brass at The Elko Daily Free Press, who made their decision after readers overwhelmingly voiced their support of the right-wing writer.

"Many callers said they thought Ann Coulter had a right to express herself, and they did not want us to be swayed by those seeking her removal," said Jeff Mullins, managing editor of the Elko Daily Free Press.

"Several said they would consider it censorship and added that they would no longer subscribe to the paper if we caved in to the special-interest group's request."

The Human Rights Campaign started an effort to pressure Universal Press Syndicate and newspapers that publish Coulter's words to drop her after she used a slur in reference to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I -- so kind of an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards," Coulter told GOP activists attending the annual Conservative Political Action Conference last Friday.

At least seven newspapers have dropped her column since.

The Review-Journal will run Coulter's column on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

It speaks volumes of the Las Vegas Review Journal that it is keeping on a columnist who's columns they publish "on a case-by-case basis". Journalism at its best!

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