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July 23, 2007

Shock: Ann Coulter Hired At The New York Times!

That must be the case, because a senior NYT staffer -- someone on the masthead, according to Gawker-- called another employee a "faggot" at a party and yet the NYT is treating this as old news. Or not news at all.

Ergo, it must be Ann Coulter. Dog bites man, you know. Hardly newsworthy at this point.

The NYT has launched an internal investigation, emphasis on the "internal." We'll have no big pieces about this as there were about Coulter or Isiah "Faggot" Washington from Gray's Anatomy.

The left-leaning newspaper established a Diversity Advisory Council last week and sent out a company-wide memo outlining its latest initiatives in political correctness.

On Wednesday, the in-house newsletter, Ahead of the Times, reprinted the company's anti-harassment guidelines, explaining, "From time to time, the company likes to remind employees of its various policies . . . We encourage you to read it, which features guidelines on what to do if you have a complaint, or receive one."

"Interested in what this is all about?" a source e-mailed Gawker.com. "A masthead editor called one of their [employees] a faggot at the going-away party. An investigation is going on now. Somebody may lose their masthead position and possibly their job."

This repellent slur must be punished by a firing, as the NYT usually suggests in such matters (while, usually, not explicitly saying so; they've got to give lip-service to that pesky First Amendment, after all).

Since we know the term is forbidden, and the Times, presumably, knows who said it, I'm curious what the hell the "investigation" is "investigating," precisely. He said it, it's the worst thing a human being can say, ergo, he should be canned, immediately.

Or maybe the investigation is seeking to determine if it was a left-winger in good standing who said it, possibly about a right-winger? We all know that that's allowed by now; the left is very upset by gay-baiting, except when it's they themselves gay-baiting those on the right. That's not hate; that's just good ol' fashioned hypocrisy-exposin', like my Grandpa used to do.

Question:

Is the New York Times actually claiming its scary-smart editors are so fucking stupid they don't know yet that "faggot" is an impermissible word, thus requiring the Diversity Action Committee Important Action Alert to that effect, and thus, presumably, absolving the guy who said it because he hadn't yet gotten the memo? (Another question: Will the policy take place immediately, or will they wait until the basic principles of the Important Action Alert are fleshed out and carefully detailed in an ensuing Pretty Vicious Rant?)

Did they similarly absolve George Allen because no memo had been circulated informing him that "macaca" was racially insensitive?

Or did they just sort of assume that would be common sense?

Thanks to PetiteDov.


The New York Times

The way they... surround a story with homophobic slurs and anti-gay hate.


Update: Elizabeth Edwards just emailed me to write:

John's a fighter, and he's not going to take this lying down. On his belly.

Good for him! What business is it of the New York Times who John Edwards dates, anyway?

Gender expert Glenn Greewald also emailed.

This is yet another example of the right-wing smear machine using outdated norms of heteronormative behavior to impugn the masculinity of its opponents. I will now quote six thousands lines from The Epic of Gilgamesh in my efforts to trace this sickening slur to the earliest antecedents of chickenhawk neoconism.

Verse One

Gilgamesh was a fuckin' strong guy
Seriously, no shit, he could bench press a house
And not a little mincing sissy house, either
But a big, mighty house
With like fifty rooms
And a really big cock.

And Gilgamesh was no homo
Despite usually wearing nothing but a short skirt
He just did that for the ladies
To show off his six pack
And the impressive dangle of his enormous balls.

One time? He date-raped a velociraptor.
That's pretty hard-core, you have to admit.
And then he beat up some theater fags
Because they kept annoying him
by singing the songs from "Grease"
but with all the dirty words and sexual allusions censored out.
You ever hear Greased Lightning in the kid-friendly version?
Totally, totally fuckin quee-eh.

And then it just goes on like that for like seventy-three thousand pages.

I'll just have to trust he makes some point. God knows I'm not reading it all.

BTW, the "date-raped a velociraptor" joke (including the "pretty hard-core" follow-up) is AndrewR's joke. He posted that in some lefty's comments when they were calling me a homo.

Good joke. And, I guess I should break the sad news: Andrew has entered a busy period of his life and will not be blogging here anymore. He'll comment on occasion, and who knows, maybe will toss in a link to Something Awful or something, but, alas, AndrewR. has moved on.


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