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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Ignore this woman

I see Ann Coulter has opened her big mouth again, and this time her target is Judaism, which I am proud to call my religion.

Appearing Monday night on Donny Deutsch’s CNBC show, “The Big Idea,” Coulter – who knows the only way she can draw attention to herself is to be as outrageous as possible – said the world would be a better place without Jews; that Jews need “to be perfected” into Christians.

Deutsch, who’s Jewish, nearly blew a gasket. But I’m not biting. And nobody else should either. An angry reaction is exactly what Coulter wants, and I’m not going to give her the satisfaction.

Ann Coulter doesn’t say outrageous things because she means them. (Seriously, does any one really believe she thinks 9/11 widows are “enjoying their husbands deaths,” as she once so infamously declared?) No, Ann Coulter says outrageous things so that the people she targets will hit back at her, which will get her more TV time, during which she’ll say things that generate more angry responses, which will get her more TV time, and so on.

And her motive? Gee, I wonder. Could it be that she has a new book she’s trying to sell? Let’s check. Well whadda ya know! “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans,” Coulter’s latest liberal-bashing tome, was released on Oct. 2. And then she shows up on TV six days later and insults an entire religion so the news media will be forced to cover her. What a coincidence!

Ann Coulter is a sad, pathetic person. And frankly, so are the people who pay attention to her. She has the right to speak, of course, but I have a feeling she'd speak a whole lot less if no one was listening.



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