May 3, 2005
I criticized Michael Moore a while back for a number of things, including his presentation of information and his attacks on America. I still think his actions merit the criticism.However, it's not just him that needs to improve their presentation in my mind. Ann Coulter has established herself as a right-wing pundit and she has recently had her profile upped by a big cover story in Time last week, as well as some press about a recent appearance at St. Thomas College (via Powerline's "Drawing Lines", and note there's some harsh words). After her speech, the leader of the religious college, Father Dease, denounced her speech as "hateful." From what I've read about her in Time and other places, I think that's likely. While Powerline takes a "well, the other people did it too" approach, I personally am against hateful and vitriolic attacks. I think they are basically useless and indeed, only inflame emotions. While I applaud her patriotism, and agree with some things she says, I cannot condone her manners and presentation.
Posted by charr at 4:24 PM
Every side has at least one resident fruitcake whose sole purpose is to tick off the other side. Usually they just end up giving the other side ammunition against thier own side. Coulter and Moore are two very good examples of the resident fruitcake phenomemon. As you noted, they are two vitrolic and hateful examples, which is why I've decided to take neither of them seriously. Really, how can anyone? In order to keep themselves in the public eye, they've become parodies of themselves, somewhat like a SNL spoof. It's hard to take that seriously.
Nice to see you back. I thought you had disappeared from the blogosphere.
Thanks. Nope, I've just been banished to blogspot. I've also been very busy, which hasn't helped me keep as up to date with other blogs (and my own) as much as I'd like.