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The nation's top selling, lunatic fringe author [funded by the lunatic fringe] has been temporarily banned from appearing on NBC. "We are just not going to have her on any more, it's over," a top network source explains. But a second top suit strongly denies there is any "Coulter ban".
NBC's TODAY show abruptly cut Ann Coulter from its planned Tuesday broadcast, claiming the schedule was overbooked.
Executives at NBC TODAY had allegedly replaced Coulter with showbiz reporter Perez Hilton, who recently offered $1,000 to anyone who would throw a pie at Ann Coulter. Hilton was launching a new book, Red Carpet Suicide. The rumor about Perez Hilton proved to be false and was probably planted as a deliberate ploy to embarrass NBC brass for daring to shun Coulter, who was set to unveil her new book, Guilty.
According to the Drudge Report, one network insider claimed it was the book's theme -- a brutal examination of liberal bias in the new era -- that got executives to dis-invite the controversialist.
"We are just not interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama, right now," a TODAY insider reveals. "It's such a downer. It's just not the time, and it's not what our audience wants, either."
Others inside the peacock network strongly denied the rumor that the book's theme was at issue.
For the book, Coulter reportedly received the most lucrative advance ever paid to a member of the lunatic fringe.
The TODAY show eagerly invited the author months ago, for her first network interview on GUILTY.
The exclusive was to air during the show's 7 AM hour. The cut came Monday afternoon. The fact is, nobody, except Ann Coulter and lunatic fringe supporters like billionaire, Richard Melon Scaife, take Ann Coulter seriously.
Coulter was also to appear on the TODAY's fourth hour. A host even teased the segment saying the "conservative pit bull and bestselling author" would be a guest. If NBC's cable outlet, MSNBC, becomes a Coulter-free zone, it may garner the respect a news organization requires. Morning host Joe Scarborough was said to be concerned with the new ban and "he's working to overrule it." The lunatic fringe obviously supports its own.
Ann Coulter initially seemed pleased Tuesday to appear on CBS' "The Early Show," especially after the interview she was set to do on NBC's "Today" the same morning was canceled.
"You are the most brilliant person in the mainstream media, the most manly," she told CBS anchor Harry Smith.
"Here's my problem," Smith told Coulter at the outset. "Because you try to be funny, because you have this kind of sophomoric, sort of simplistic kind of view of so many things . . . who's going to take you seriously?"
How about a special prosecutor who refuses to tolerate hate speech?
On second thought, philosophically elaborated politics involves persuasion and Ann Coulter has convinced everybody that she is a lunatic. It is amusing to watch Ann Coulter and Matt Drudge try to scare the networks into the pretense that she is noteworthy or newsworthy. Like Linda Tripp, she is lamenting the end of the Bush era and trying to make Obama a hated figure.
Given the fact that she is even less popular than George Bush is, Ann Coulter is the gift that will keep on giving, as long as the networks refuse to ban her.
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