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Ann Coulter vs. World Net Daily Over GoProud’s HomoCon

by Kilian Melloy
Friday Aug 20, 2010

The publication of emails exchanged between Ann Coulter and the editor of anti-gay site WorldNetDaily regarding Coulter having been dropped as a keynote speaker at a WND event has sparked Coulter's ire. The right-wing icon launched into WND editor Joseph Farah, calling him a "swine," and suggesting that the content of the fringe-right site is selected as a matter of publicity seeking.

The roots of the disagreement between Coulter and the fringe news site began with Coulter accepting an invitation to speak at the first "Homocon," an event hosted by right-wing gay group GoProud. Once WND got wind of the upcoming appearance, they struck Coulter off their list of speakers for an event scheduled to take place in Miami. The Sept. 17 event, called "The Taking America Back National Conference," is slated to include speakers such as Alan Keyes and Tom Tancredo, as well as assorted comedians, talk radio personalities, and a home-schooling advocate. The event's land-based activities will be followed by a weeklong Caribbean cruise.

A few months ago, Coulter reacted to words of advice from a Canadian University official with stringent claims that she was being silenced and was the victim of a "hate crime." Nor did Coulter hold her fire when the muzzle was wielded by the political right: to Farah's suggestion that she was "legitimizing a group that is fighting for same-sex marriage and open homosexuality in the military--not to mention the idea that sodomy is just an alternate lifestyle?," Coulter fired back a missive that dismissed Farah's claims--though her response to Farah was far milder than the thrashing she delivered last March to University of Ottawa provost Francois A. Houle for what Coulter characterized as his attempt to "silence" her. Houle had cautioned Coulter about the legal differences in what is considered to be hate speech in Canada, as opposed to the U.S.

"That's silly," Coulter responded to Farah's emailed query. "I speak to a lot of groups and do not endorse them. I speak at Harvard and I certainly don't endorse their views. I've spoken to Democratic groups and liberal Republican groups that loooove abortion.

"The main thing I do is speak on college campuses, which is about the equivalent of speaking at an al-Qaida conference," Coulter continued. "I'm sure I agree with GOProud more than I do with at least half of my college audiences. But in any event, giving a speech is not an endorsement of every position held by the people I'm speaking to. I was going to speak for you guys, [even though] I think you're nuts on the birther thing (though I like you otherwise!)."

The "birther thing" Coulter referred to is a persistent belief among the right-wing fringe that President Obama was not, in fact, born in the United States. So-called "birthers" claim that in absence of a "long form" birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, they will not be convinced that Obama was born here and not in Kenya. The Obama campaign provided a so-called "short form" birth certificate during Obama's 2008 campaign. Hawaii officials say that there is no so-called "long form" certificate, and that the "short form" is the only legal document Obama--or anyone else born at the time in Hawaii--would have to prove their place of birth.

After WND published passages from the email exchange, Coulter told another news site, The Daily Caller, that "[T]his was an email exchange [between] friends and even though I didn't expressly say 'OFF THE RECORD' and I believe everything I said, he's a swine for using my private emails politely answering him," a WND follow-up article reported on Aug. 18 "[W]hy would he do such a despicable thing?" added Coulter, going to on to say it was "for PUBLICITY."

Coulter went on to question Farah's commitment to the conservative cause, writing that the editor "could give less than two sh-ts about the conservative movement--as demonstrated by his promotion of the birther nonsense (long ago disproved by my newspaper, human events, also sweetness & light, american spectator and national review etc, etc etc)." Added Coulter, "He's the only allegedly serious conservative pushing the birther thing. [F]or ONE reason: to get hits on his website."

Coulter told The Daily Caller that her appearance as keynote speaker being scrubbed by WND would not affect her bottom line, since the event did not have the capital to offer her an honorarium for the engagement.

For its part, GoProud has expressed delight at having Coulter speak at Homocon 2010, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 25 in New York City. "I'm so tickled that she agreed to do it," Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud told the media. "Think about it: She's hilarious, she's provocative and, honestly, our folks just love her."

To GoProud's invitation, Coulter reportedly replied, "Of course I'll do it. I'm the right-wing Judy Garland!" That exclamation has found its way to the event's poster, which features a caricature drawing of Coulter and is emblazoned with the slogan, "The right wing Judy Garland!"

"We did not invite Ann Coulter to speak at Homocon 2010 because we believe she has 'evolved,' " stated GoProud chair Christopher Barron. "Quite the contrary, we invited Ann Coulter because of who she is, who she has been, and who we know she will continue to be--the smartest, funniest, most provocative conservative author and columnist around. If anyone needs to evolve, it's the uber-PC gay left and their enablers, not Ann Coulter."

Homocon has drawn sponsors from the rightward end of the political spectrum, noted Christopher Taylor in an Aug. 17 op-ed piece at the Washington Examiner. Taylor questioned the purpose of Homocon and GoProud, promoting a version of conservatism that the rightward fringe might not have recognized. "One of the most basic principles of conservatism as opposed to the modern left is that we treat everyone as Americans in America, not as any form of hyphenated-American," wrote Taylor. "Conservatives shouldn't care what color you are, how tall you are, if you're male or female, they don't care if you are left handed or ambidextrous, it simply doesn't matter."

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Comments

  • , 2010-08-20 15:25:45

    I’m with Ann on this one. WND is, if possible, even nuttier than most of the right.


  • , 2010-08-22 20:49:49

    Isn’t it funny how the left wing nut jobs love Ann now? So predictable. Ann can dish it out, but can’t take it. I hear she is now open to speaking at KKK meetings and abortion clinics. Ann is as silly as our own president who doesn’t know how many states there are, Uh, I have been to 57 and have one to go and can’t talk w/out a teleprompter. Now that is nutty, or just plain dumb.


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