Monday, June 12, 2006

Marketing a Crazy Person

Her sincerity is beside the point as long as people keep taking the bait. Mrs. Clinton, who is the perfect foil for Ms. Coulter — ambitious, allergic to irony, loathed by the people who will line up for "Godless" — simply added fuel to a fire that she was presumably trying to douse. All manner of televised talkfests, including "Today," welcome Ms. Coulter's pirate sensibilities back aboard whenever she has something to peddle, in part because seeing hate-speech pop out of a blonde who knows her way around a black cocktail dress makes for compelling viewing.

Without the total package, Ms. Coulter would be just one more nut living in Mom's basement. You can accuse her of cynicism all you want, but the fact that she is one of the leading political writers of our age says something about the rest of us.

I really do wonder what would happen if the media would stop putting the crazy lady up on her soapbox/pedestal and if people with access to the media would stop talking about her. But as Carr points out, it's no longer about morality, and all about the ratings. Welcome to the downfall of Western Civilization.

full story here.