The New York Times Faces Backlash Over Ann Coulter Byline

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Ann Coulter attends the The Hollywood Reporter's 9th Annual Most Powerful People In Media at The Pool on April 11, 2019 in New York City.

Longtime conservative media personality and Trump supporter turned Trump critic Ann Coulter got her first byline in the New York Times’ opinion section today.

Coulter’s history of controversial comments on gun ownership, international relations, and race have many questioning why the Times would platform a media personality that has previously espoused hatred towards minority groups. Coulter’s writing appeared in the opinion section, thus giving it a loophole to not be considered reporting.

The feature is sparking a debate on political columnists in the mainstream media. Many feel that Coulter’s ideas did not provoke any new train of thought that voters had not thought of, and therefore was unnecessary to include.

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: Ann Coulter attends The Hollywood Reporter’s 9th Annual Most Powerful People In Media at The Pool on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

 

Elsewhere, others argued that the inclusion of Coulter’s voice in the piece was an effort to continue to keep the Times balanced. The paper is home to numerous left-leaning and centrist political writers, as well as left-leaning culture columnists.

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Though Coulter has backed out of supporting former President Donald Trump for re-election, many of her far right leaning views remain. Coulter once attacked the New York Times verbally, saying that she wished convicted domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh would have entered the building of the publication. McVeigh committed the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Coulter also continues to post racially charged remarks about several writers of color at the Times. She notably appeared to accuse columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom of being “enraged” by white blonde women when Cottom penned an Op-Ed surrounding the exclusivity of the University of Alabama sorority rush culture.

Elsewhere, some felt that Coulter should not have been considered on account of her disrespect for the Times alone.

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Some X users find it interesting that Coulter has suddenly turned on Trump now that the former president is facing a series of arrests for a number of criminal charges.

Others argue that regardless of the nature of Coulter’s opinion contribution, her name in the Times sets an allegedly dangerous precedent–that media personalities who have utilized hate speech for their own gain can still earn a spot at the most prestigious news source in the nation.

On the contrary, some assert that the paper should not be “cancelled” for publishing something they do not agree with.

Coulter shared the piece to her own social media, calling it “solid content.”

Instead of addressing the criticisms surrounding her contribution to the Times and overall media persona, Coulter continues to share her political views on X today.

The Times is yet to comment on their decision to include Coulter in the Opinion section this week.

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