Taking the high road, for all the good it will do…
I have seen the ads hyping Chris Matthews’ interview with Ann Coulter, and they ask, “Has she finally gone too far this time?” I think a better question would be, “Has NBC management lost all sense of decency?”
Ann Coulter went too far when she began advocating the murder of those who disagree with her. The first instance I recall was in 2001, when she advocated the killing of Muslim leaders and forced conversion of Muslims to Christianity. She may be popular with a certain element that celebrates violence against the “other”, but she is not a credible commentator on current events and politics. However, rather than dismiss her on the basis of her hateful, almost unhinged rhetoric, NBC has seen fit to showcase her recently on the Today Show, The Big Idea, and now Hardball.
Ms. Coulter certainly has the right to express her opinion, as do I. But my right to freedom of speech does not come with the privilege of national television coverage. Neither does hers.
Ms. Coulter likes to say that she’s just joking when she makes her provocative statements. I believe she is either a huckster or a person in need of intensive mental health treatment. Either way, NBC’s ongoing coverage implies that your management believes her viewpoint worthy of respect. Please reconsider your ongoing promotion of Ms. Coulter and her “humor”.
If you’re interested in sending an email of your own, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org