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Name-Calling Across the Ideological Divide

August 04, 2003

Re "In TV and Politics, Americans Will Buy It if It's Extreme," by Norah Vincent, Commentary, July 31: Congratulations. You managed to publish the one-hundred-zillionth diatribe on Ann Coulter's book "Treason." You also discovered yet another "conservative" who doesn't see eye to eye with Coulter. And just like the umpteen denunciations before it, not a shred of information is offered by Vincent to discredit Coulter's litany of well-supported facts or even the overarching premise of the book. Vincent's comments are merely long on invective.

In "Treason," Coulter argues that Sen. Joseph McCarthy became the victim of the very thing he was accused of doing: baselessly and maliciously censuring others for their wrongful acts. Coulter is becoming victimized by the same reactionary malady. If you don't like what she says or how she says it, just call her names and shout it from the highest post. Between one who presents evidence to support a claim and one who doesn't, I choose to support the former.

William J. Becker Jr.

Los Angeles

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