Tag Archives: Ann Coulter

The Un-Free Speech Movement at Berkeley

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"There are few prospects in life more appealing than the silence of Ann Coulter. She brings to mind what novelist Mary McCarthy said about playwright and Stalinist Lillian Hellman: 'Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the." If the world never suffered another emission from Coulter's toxic brain, it would be a better place. But she said she would speak at the University of California, Berkeley even though the school administration had canceled the speech she was scheduled to give April 27 at the invitation of two student groups. Faced with that challenge, the university changed its mind, sort of, proposing to let her appear May 2. All I can say is something I never thought I would: It will be a great thing for Ann Coulter to speak." (04/24/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/24/the-un-free-speech-movement-at-berkeley

UC Berkeley declares itself unsafe for Ann Coulter

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"[Ann Coulter's] critics would have done well to deny her attention by treating her scheduled appearance with the ambivalent yawn every provocateur most dreads. Instead, they began playing into her hands, situating her appearance in a paradigm where free speech is cast as being in conflict with anti-racism — a wrongheaded frame anathema to civil-rights heroes and marginalized protesters the world over. It guarantees either that bigots like Coulter will be seen by many as occupying a moral high ground, or that free speech will suffer, hitting marginalized groups hardest in the end. Issuing violent threats was, for the left, the most counterproductive of all courses. It generated just the sort of attention Coulter thrives on. And it is remaking Berkeley into a place where the illiberal right can reliably bait the illiberal left into raising their profile." (04/20/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/uc-berkeley-declares-itself-unsafe-for-ann-coulter/523668/

CA: Berkeley grows some stones, stops appeasing anti-free-speech thugs, reverses Coulter ban

Source: The Guardian [UK]

"The University of California, Berkeley, has announced it has found a new 'protectable venue' for the controversial rightwing speaker Ann Coulter, after initially canceling the event over security fears. At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, the university’s chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, said that the school could host Coulter in May at the 'protectable venue.' … The town of Berkeley, famous for its liberal history, has become the center of repeated clashes between far-right figures and leftwing protesters in the last few months." (04/20/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/20/ann-coulter-uc-berkeley-event-back-on

CA: UC Berkeley administration, desperate to appease Antifa jackboots, cancels Coulter harangue

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"Next week’s scheduled speech by right-wing pundit Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley is off — for now — because campus officials say they won’t be able to protect participants from rioting if it should happen. 'We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter,' vice chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton emailed the student groups co-hosting the event — the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA — Tuesday evening. The organizers are not giving up, saying the university’s action amounts to unconstitutional prior restraint." (04/19/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-orders-cancellation-of-Ann-Coulter-11084299.php

CA: In nod to affirmative action, UC Berkeley conservatives schedule Coulter speech

Source: Fox News

"Controversial conservative [sic] commentator Ann Coulter is scheduled to speak at the University of California, Berkeley in April, less than three months after an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos sparked violent protests. Young America's Foundation announced this week that the 11-time New York Times bestselling author is slated to give a talk on campus on April 27." (03/30/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/03/30/ann-coulter-speak-berkeley-less-3-months-after-fiery-milo-yiannopoulos-protests