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Georgia newspaper drops Ann Coulter's column

RAW STORY
Published: Monday July 24, 2006

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A newspaper in Georgia has joined the tide of public sentiment against Ann Coulter and dropped her column, RAW STORY has learned.

The Augusta Chronicle of Georgia dropped Coulter's column from its editorial page last week. A Friday article from its editorial staff claimed that its editorial page "stand[s] for civility," and noted two reasons to part ways with Coulter. First, it saw "stridency" in her declaration that 9/11 widows were "witches." Second, it worried that "Coulter herself had become the issue, rather than the topics she was writing about, which is an unhealthy circumstance for a journalist, even a columnist."

The decision comes two weeks after The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, chose to abandon Coulter's column as well, and while the Shreveport Times of Louisiana is reported to be mulling the same move.

The paper will replace Coulter with conservative columnist Michelle Malkin.

The registration restricted article is available at this link. An excerpt is provided below.

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But biting commentary is one thing. A personal attack is another - such as when she slammed several 9-11 widows for backing Democrats and allegedly milking the tragedy for political purposes. That charge alone isn't necessarily unfair, but to suggest they were "enjoying" their husbands' deaths and calling them "witches" - well, that's where stridency crosses a line.

Moreover, in the weeks since, Coulter herself had become the issue, rather than the topics she was writing about, which is an unhealthy circumstance for a journalist, even a columnist.

This editorial page stands for many things, and we make no bones about it. But one of the things we stand for is civility. Pulling Ann Coulter's column hurts; she's one of the clearest thinkers around. But you've got to stand by your principles, even - especially - when it's painful.