Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Why Does Coulter Succeed? "Seeing Hate-Speech Pop Out Of A Blonde ... Makes For Compelling Viewing"

Ann Coulter's "current book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, is heading to the best-seller lists in part because she has a significant constituency and in part because no other author in American publishing is better at weaponizing words.

'Every single book she has done has become an instant best-seller,' said Bob Wietrak, a vice president for merchandising at Barnes & Noble. 'Her fan base is phenomenal and she is in the media constantly. When she is in the media, it creates more media coverage. And every single day, the book sells more.'

All manner of televised talkfests, including Today, welcome Ms. Coulter's pirate sensibilities back aboard whenever she has something to peddle, in part because seeing hate-speech pop out of a blonde who knows her way around a black cocktail dress makes for compelling viewing.

Without the total package, Ms. Coulter would be just one more nut living in Mom's basement. You can accuse her of cynicism all you want, but the fact that she is one of the leading political writers of our age says something about the rest of us."

-- New York Times' media columnist David Carr, June 12

24 Comments:

Anonymous MadHound said...

Yeah, that and bulk buying of her books by Republican front groups Will get your latest tome to the top of the charts everytime. If it wasn't for these bulk buys, her books, and her career, would have disappeared long ago.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Benhurst said...

She "succeeds" because right-wing lobbying groups make bulk purchases of her books.

Her "success" is every bit as much a fraud as she is.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous sam sarrha said...

the Repugnant party buys all these "Little Essays" and gives them away at the campaign offices.. Gingrinch's book was a Murdock 4.5 million dollar bribe that produced a little book that sold a couple hundred, they couldn't give it away and ended up recycling a whole warehouse full of them into toilet paper..

12:43 PM  
Anonymous TheGoldenRule said...

Why? Smut sells.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous im10ashus said...

Oh hell!

"seeing hate-speech pop out of a blonde who knows her way around a black cocktail dress makes for compelling viewing."

I think I will be sick.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous ayeshahaqqiqa said...

She doesn't know her way around a black cocktail dress

Ladies don't wear such dresses:

1. Early in the morning
2. After age 40

To my mind, her dress tells a lot about her.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Marr said...

It's pornography, that's why. Political porn, but porn nonetheless.

That sort of thing can always find a market.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous ugarte said...

No mystery. Hate sells...

If a Nazi skinhead submitted Coulter's manuscript, no publisher would touch it. But because she's blonde and gets on TV a lot, she gets a pass tp rake in millions.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Wickerman said...

I doubt her numbers due to a very simple theory based on an unscientific set of observations.

I am a book hunter. Simply, I collect books. I stop off at the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores with regularity and don't pass many garage sales. Most "Best Sellers" wind up in those locations. A large number of folks read books and discard them - I pick up the ones of value or that interest me.

Political books have a short life. The Rush books, the Al Franken books and the Bill Bennett books are regular staples of the 2nd hand circuit. I have NEVER seen a Coulter book. I can't explain it except to offer that the bulk buyers must send em straight to recycling.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous NotGonnaTakeIt said...

Why does she suceed?? The answer is simple really.... She's like Jerry Springer, pandering to the most base instincts of the unintelligent and uninformed.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

springer has such a bad show on Air America. I'm embarrassed that he's on our side.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous tenshi816 said...

I'll disagree with you about "after age 40" because in this age of gym-fit bodies, 40 isn't what it used to be. You're spot on about no. 1, though - a black cocktail dress is totally inappropriate attire for an early morning television appearance, especially for someone who wants to be taken seriously.

I believe Ms. Coulter has an image of herself in her own mind that's probably the way she looked when she was 20 years younger and possibly even had some meat on her bones, instead of the dried-up, stringy harridan she is nowadays. It also explains her hairstyle. Coulter sees herself as a major babe, in contrast to what everybody else sees.

Of course, the most repugnant part of Ann Coulter is on the inside. She's personification of the saying "beauty's only skin deep, but ugly goes clear through to the bone."

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Sniffer said...

I’m actually shocked that you folks are devoting so much time to Coulter, I don’t get it.
Even scrutinizing what she is wearing? Are you people high?
I’m wondering when Ward Churchill made the ridiculous statements he did about the WTC victims you people on the left did not have a damm cow like you are having with Coulter. Classic selective liberal thought processing.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Ward Churchill is a racist blowhard who is a prof at the University of Colorado. He's not someone who has sold 10 million books and has appeared on a regular basis on television and radio.

"Selective liberal thought processing?" Are you kidding? Do you really want to get into a pissing contest over who has the most fringe wackos on their side of the aisle? Because I'm sure the collective brainpower could come up with dozens of people who are just as stupid as Churchhill, but happen to be fringe right.

Fred Phelps, for example. Maybe you have selective memory because you didn't mention Fred Phelps today? What about Eric Rudolph? He was a fringe right-wing wacko who thought he was doing God's work by blowing up a Birmingham family planning clinic.

Should every JABBS post cover every loon left and right, because I don't think he has the time to write 1,000 page entries.

Jesus, Snoop, you are in such denial it's not even funny. You bitch and moan about JABBS being selective, and then you do the same thing. The difference is that JABBS backs up his stuff with links and more links to mainstream sources. You just spout off your opinion as if it were the only truth.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Sniffer said...

Rob who gives a damm about how many books Coulter sells? Why does that matter?
Are people entitled to read whatever the hell they want?
This is what I love about you liberals, free speech only applies to YOU and only YOUR KIND!
I mention Churchill because despite how many or how few books he sold he still made those jackass statements, bashing America and how much he hates America, just like Michael Moore did, but what he says is ok. And every damm liberal blog and media outlet defends these moronic bastards!

What about Fred Phelps? Rob, dude get your facts straight, dude was a Democrat for years, he switches parties all the damm time and he was a former Civil Right attorney! He is hardly a conservative; Eric Rudolph are you joking?,

Howard Dean “You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room?,” . “Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”

Ok Bryant Gumbel: “Lack of Blacks Makes the Winter Olympics Look Like a GOP Convention'

Oh what about Robert Byrd: "I just think we talk so much about it that we help to create somewhat of an illusion. I think we try to have good will. My old mom told me, 'Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody.' We practice that. There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time; I'm going to use that word."

This piece of crap, racist, DEMOCRAT leader has ads and links on countless liberal blogs supporting him. Your hero Barrack Obama, even wrote a letter endorsing him!

And you people are here debating about Ann Coulter!? Her blonde hair? Her Dress?
And you STILL don’t get why you are out of touch. From John Stewart to JABBS the hilarity continues to flow.

And to be clear about JABBS I don’t bitch and moan about anything they nor any other blog does, one easy reason Rob, I HAVE MY OWN BLOG. I’m not selective, I don’t run and hide. And that crap about linking to mainstream sources is so full of shit it’s not funny. Mainstream according to who Rob? You, JABBS, the DNC, KOS, Huffington Post, New York Times, SF Chronicle, Salon, The ATL Journal Constitution, CNN, John Stewart, Colbert Report, what Rob?
Keep it coming.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Never said people don't have the right to read what they want. That's just you pushing your own conservative mythmaking onto us poor liberals.

You just keep trying to change the subject because you can't handle the questions at hand. It's easier for you to just spout out all those simplistic conservative myths.

You have your own blog. Write there. Why do you bother coming here? You agree with nothing, and in doing so, you misrepresent the arguments made, show no effort to communicate with or even to try to understand the liberals commenting here. What a waste of your time.

oh yeah, and Fred Phelps, the anti-gay protester, is a Democrat? LOL Hahahahahaha. You're too funny.

How about Pat Robertson advocating the assassination of a foreign leader? Is that wacky enough for you? How about Coulter joking about poisoning a Supreme Court justice or wishing aloud that Tim McVeigh should have bombed the New York Times building. What a freakin' nut job.

Sure, they have a right to free speech, but don't you agree that we have the right to pummel them for saying such stupid things?

Congrats, Snoop, you have gotten me so off topic that I forgot what the original JABBS post was about. Mission accomplished once again. Bravo.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Herman B. Hayes said...

Even we hard-core Republicans are getting sick of Ann Coulter. She does not speak for the far, far, far right.

http://cfav.blogspot.com/2006/06/ann-coulter-killed-and-ate-donna-reed.html

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Sniffer said...

Damm Rob you finally admitted it. YOU I guess as blog keeper for this site just can’t stand anyone who calls you liberals out when you post ridiculous stuff. YOU like most liberals on all of these blogs want to wallow with your own kind. You, Angelina, War keep saying over you distort facts, that my arguments have no basis. And I’ll ask you like I ask countless blog gate keepers like yourself, what are you afraid of? Your blog world is all good as long you are willing to put on shackles and follow liberal dogma like a slave.
Let’s change out names, post some crap like John Stewart rocks, Bush sucks, Bush lied, YOUR LINKS TO STORIES ARE NOT FROM APPROVED MAINSTREAM SOURCES!
Like a little kid or hell Crip or Blood, what you doin’ in my neighborhood man!
Get off our playground so we can psychoanalyze in peace why Ann Coulter’s dress is too short.
Jesus H. Christ! How pathetic, but typically liberal!
IF FREE SPEECH IS NOT ALLOWED HERE ROB, (SINCE THIS IS YOUR BLOG), PLEASE LET US RIGHT LEANING PEOPLE KNOW.

6:01 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

There's a huge difference between constructive criticism of Republican leadership verses baseless stereotyping of "liberal" Democrats.

We get the latter from Rove, Coulter, Levin, conservatives bloggers here, etc., who react in response to an internal defense mechanism, instantaneously triggered whenever hearing of the truths expressed by the former.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Sniffer, the problem is that JABBS backs up arguments with actual facts. You back up arguments with stereotypes and conservative myths.

Gatekeeper? Jesus. I'm just defending the facts as I see them. I post on all sorts of sites. I just don't cross paths with your sorry ass that often.

You aren't interested in real debate. You mock liberals. You do it here. You do it on your own site. You make snide comments. When confronted with obvious facts, you try to change the subject, or you personally attack either me or one of the other commenters, or the subject of the story (like Stewart).

You make broad sweeping and ridiculous statements about how we all get our marching orders from Michael Moore or Barbra Streisand. Is that debate? Do you honestly believe any of the crap you peddle?

You don't want to believe that the Bush Administration has done a bad job, misled the American people on various subjects, catered to corporate interests over personal interests, acted like they have 90% support when they actually have closer to 35%? Fine. That's your opinion. You're entitled to it.

But I don't agree. And for all your bullying and name-calling, suggesting we're all slaves to some Michael Moore or Howard Dean dogma, or whatever other crap you throw out, you aren't changing anyone's opinion. All you are doing is cementing people's opinions.

You haven't brought any facts to the table, Snoop. You haven't offered anything to defend conservative philosophy. You haven't provided alternative sources of information to counter any of JABBS' posts.

I don't agree with Trinity on much, but I respect the fact that he tries to back up his arguments with something. Your defense is basically that liberals are un-American shits -- and sorry, dude, but that isn't worth the time it takes to type it.

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Sniffer said...

This is so goddamm amazing I can’t see straight. Just who the hell anointed you the gatekeeper of the truth? WHAT TRUTH, you and War, CPJ, Angelina have been telling me this crap about FACTS and TRUTH since I started commenting on this blog a year ago. WHAT DAMM TRUTHS and facts.
What that Bush lied about Iraq, find me that FACT! Bush used 9/11 to make a case for war SHOW ME THAT FACT. Republicans are racist, SHOW ME THAT FACT. Democrats fight for minority issues, SHOW ME THAT FACT. Republicans are the only party of corruption, SHOW ME THAT FACT! Ann Coulter is “the face” of the Republican party, SHOW ME THAT FACT!
The American military are torturing “innocent” prisoners in Guantanamo, SHOW ME THAT FACT. JABBS POST: Democrats Taking Advantage Of National Displeasure With (Republicans), Raising Big Bucks For November, SHOW ME THAT FACT.
The Marines in Haditha murdered those people “in cold blood” SHOW ME THAT FACT.

JABBS QUOTE: “But in case after case, Fox News simply shills for the administration's viewpoints -- its beliefs in theory, if not in practice -- and cheats, when necessary, to make those views look more palatable. In other words: they don't report, so conservative viewers can't decide.”

Oh, ONLY Fox News does this, is this a FACT?
Oh I forgot – “Are Fox News Viewers Dumb? No ... Just Woefully Misinformed”

This kills me, you assume that I read this blog only and ONLY watch Fox News? This is so beyond stupid I can’t see straight.

JABBS QUOTE: “White House Press Corps, Upon Hearing Of Lay's Guilt, Remains Quiet”

WAIT, What about William Jefferson, the Democratic crook who hid money in his freezer, and lets not forget the FACT, that he used the military to get crap from his home while other NOLA victims were stranded.

JABBS POST: Bush Laughs At Gore, Science, WHAT FACTS are in Gore’s movie that cannon be denied, what FACT is there that his movie has all of the answers on global warming?

On KERRY: “Now, that might have been because this particular population was disproportionately African-American, and Kerry, if nothing else, scores well with "hyphenated Americans." Or it might have been because this particular population is paid an hourly wage, and may have realized Bushonomics hasn't helped THEM, or that millions recently lost their chance to earn overtime, possibly including them. Whatever the reason, Kerry-Edwards buttons were plainly in sight.

I live how you liberals care so much about us po hyphenated ignorant folks, I appreciate JABBS pointing out how much Bushonomics jacked us.

JABBS FROM 2004 - “The Democrats need an issue. They need to make that issue their holy crusade. I'm not even sure what the issue is, but it has to be the key to the 2006 election season, and possibly beyond. It likely has to be a cultural issue, perhaps one that affects women and children the most. But whatever the issue is, it has to be driven home in every state and congressional district. It has to become an issue that can chip away at the cultural block.”

IT’S BEEN ALMOST TWO YEARS WHERE IS YOUR DEMOCRATIC ISSUE(S)?


With Cheney's "F-Bomb," Conservatives Show Their Hypocrisy

We Get It -- Kerry's Wealthy (But What About Bush?)

Not Surprisingly, GOP Caught "Politicizing" War on Terror

CIA Built Its Case for Iraqi WMD on Selective Hearsay

If Chris Matthews is a Liberal, then Ann Coulter is a Journalist

Conservatives Return to "Know-Nothing" Roots

Coulter Defends Guckert By Lying About Hart, Clinton and Kerry

Hmmm where is that issue?

FINALLY: GOP Bars Democrats From Bush Speech in North Dakota, I SUPPOSE how Rob would like me banned from this blog.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

You once again fail to back up much of anything you say, Snoop. It's so easy to debate you when you are in foam-from-the-mouth mode.

Let's look at your allegations:

What that Bush lied about Iraq, find me that FACT! >> Did JABBS say that?

Bush used 9/11 to make a case for war SHOW ME THAT FACT. >> There are umpteen examples of Bush Administration officials saying that we had to go on the offensive in Iraq to prevent another 9/11.

Republicans are racist, SHOW ME THAT FACT. >> Did JABBS say that?

Democrats fight for minority issues, SHOW ME THAT FACT. >> Did JABBS say that?

Republicans are the only party of corruption, SHOW ME THAT FACT! >> Did JABBS say that?

Ann Coulter is “the face” of the Republican party, SHOW ME THAT FACT! >> Did JABBS say that?

The American military are torturing “innocent” prisoners in Guantanamo, SHOW ME THAT FACT. >> Did JABBS say that?

JABBS POST: Democrats Taking Advantage Of National Displeasure With (Republicans), Raising Big Bucks For November, SHOW ME THAT FACT. >> There's attribution in the piece. If you don't believe the statistics provided in the Washington Post story, not much I can do.

The Marines in Haditha murdered those people “in cold blood” SHOW ME THAT FACT. >> Did JABBS say that?

>>>

You make a lot of allegations, Snoop, and maybe you're angry with some other website out there. But for most of the above, you're attributing things to this blog that were never said. Furthermore, you are attributing things that don't match up with the mainstream Democratic Party beliefs or statements.

Like I said, you don't have facts at your disposal. Just a bunch of conservative myths about what Democrats -- or at least what JABBS -- thinks.

>>>>

FINALLY: GOP Bars Democrats From Bush Speech in North Dakota, I SUPPOSE how Rob would like me banned from this blog.

I merely said you waste a lot of time here. I would never question your right to free speech.

As for the JABBS story, that was attributed, too. Funny thing, facts and attribution. They can be useful in building arguments, Snoop. You should try it some time.

11:54 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Sniffer, what are these schizoid thoughts of yours?
You can't even correctly interpret or acknowledge the facts or information presented so the very foundation of your arguments are on shaky ground.
Then, like other conservatives, you replace the facts and information with straw men Liberals or straw men Liberal arguments that are easilly blown down with the slightest wind.

Here's what you do. The next time JABBS posts something, focus on JABBS' argument.
Then hold yourself back with all of your might from flicking on that old conservatism defense mechanism switch and spouting out all those tired liberal stereotypes.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467@aol.com said...

To Sniffer- Since you like to change the subject of the post to your rant and rave against Democrats, I would like to ask you a question. It is a fact that over 59,000,000 (legitimate, bought or stolen) voted for Bush in 2004. Since the Iraq War was a part of the issues for 2004, those votes meant that whoever voted for Bush were saying they supported the War in Iraq. The other issue raised by Repuks in 2004 was patriotism. Also it was quite evident in 2004 that the military needed many new enlistees to bolster the manpower supply so there would be plenty of replacements for the tired soldiers. My question is: if the repuks were so supportive of the war and such patriots, then why did so few of the 59,000,000 not enlist to give aid to a cause they so boastfully supported? Just think, if only a measly 1% of the 59,000,000 were to enlist that would be over 590,000 new recruits(This is not opinion but fact). Now, please tell me in words that I may understand how I am to believe the Repuks really support this war and are more patriotic than Democrats. I lump many Repuks in the same animal sub-species that Ann C belongs to. They are blowhards who shout from the mountain tops about their bravery and their patriotism to hide the fact they want no part of a war except the part of doing everthing they can to get the US into one. Repuks are like many animls that puff themselves up, cause their fur or hair to stand up to look bigger and meaner, make their eyes bug out, make screaming noises and other weird behaviors to hide their fear(this is fact proven by above data). You can question my bravery, but you should know that I served in the Army from Jan 1969 - Jan 1971 when many others were doing all they could to avoid any real military service (like guard duty, leaving the country, or buying their way out of service).

8:51 PM  

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