Ann Coulter's current column on her website, "Republicans, Bloggers, and Gays, Oh My!" currently reads:
Press passes can't be that hard to come by if the White House allows that old Arab Helen Thomas to sit within yards of the president.
This is one of those occasional moments where I am absolutely speechless with rage. (Well, not entirely speechless; I'm here.)
This didn't go unnoticed. It appears that Coulter's racial comment was edited out by someone or another, but the rest of the column ran anyway. Every place on the Web I can find has this line as:
Press passes can't be that hard to come by if the White House allows that dyspeptic, old Helen Thomas...
Now you may or may not like Helen Thomas, but she has been a reporter on the White House beat for decades. She flew with Nixon to China. She has certainly earned her place in the White House press room, unlike a particular male prostitute. Ann Coulter is not worthy to lick her boots.
The Bush adminstration moved her from her seat in the front row to the back, and now rarely calls upon her in press conferences. She is no longer permitted to close press conferences with her traditional, "Thank you, Mr. President." All this is presumably because she is not sufficiently obedient to their agenda. Or maybe she wouldn't take a payoff.
And here's what really chafes: you won't hear word one from the Right about this. They are too protective of their own. (Commandment #11: Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.)
It just makes me wonder what Coulter calls Jesse Jackson before her editor catches it.
(Via Crooks and Liars.)