Friday, April 22, 2005

Haute Coulter

Okay, so everyone's roiling over Anne Coulter on the cover of Time Magazine, how this elevates her to the revered status of media icon, as opposed to the loopy, some would say bat-s&%t crazy reactionary extremist she is, who uses violent verbiage in all manner of configurations against the left, and does it in a flippant way so when confronted she brushes it off as a joke, and why is everyone so sensitive?

But the real issue is why she was on the cover, and why Michael Moore was on the cover. Jeff Bezos was on the cover too, remember that? Relax. Time magazine is no longer a new magazine with political insight, it's become a moderately refined People, and the barometer for cover page is REVENUE (see previous post Value vs. Revenue). Coulter's on the cover because she's had four best selling books (filled with inaccuracies, by the way). Moore was there because his documentary soared over 100 million dollars in box office receipts. Bezos was there because he made a dot com giant. Cash talks, doesn't matter how you make it. Next liberal to make a mint gets the cover too.

And sometimes it's good to shine the light on the darkness, brings bigger attention to all the mistakes in the details they used to build their own success. More fodder for us to bring them down with. Don't despair, use it well.


Anonymous Balloon Pirate said...

Well, it's still a bad choice, since until the cover, she was returning to the fetid ooze from whence she was spawned. She'd been fired or removed from quite a few shouting heads programs, hasn't had a best seller in years, and even the mainstream (for them) right-wing loony publications were calling her a right wing loony. As Wonkett wryly observed, "Seven years too late."


1:37 PM, April 22, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Yes, but she's still a very popular sydicated columnest and a regular on the right wing hate monger programs. She's a major voice of hate, a slam dunk go-to for the outrageous quote when you need one. Propping her up, may ironically, be a more premanent nail in the coffin.

2:10 PM, April 22, 2005  
Anonymous Balloon Pirate said...

Well, I've already written a nice note to the folks at Time, politely questioning their reasoning for featuring this particular piece of satan-spawn.

Oh, and for a feel good minute, head over to Altercation on the website and read how neatly and surgically Alterman takes apart John Cloud, the supposed journalist who wrote this piece of dreck.

2:38 PM, April 22, 2005  
Blogger Tommyblaze said...

How long before she does Playboy? My bet - within 3 years.

6:02 AM, April 25, 2005  

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