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View Poll Results: Press passes can't be that hard to come by if the White House allows that old Arab He
This is a racist remark. 73 53.28%
This is simply politically incorrect. 64 46.72%
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:15 AM   #1
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Is this racist or just politically incorrect?

In her online column, Ann Coulter stated
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Press passes can't be that hard to come by if the White House allows that old Arab Helen Thomas to sit within yards of the president.
Of course the liberal websites are all over it and call it racist, while the conservative websites don't mention it too much and the column itself has now been altered to read
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Press passes can't be that hard to come by if the White House allows that dyspeptic, old Helen Thomas to sit within yards of the president.
Frankly, the new quote does not even make sense, does it? The first quote seems to imply that arabs are all dangerous and therefore should not be in close proximity to the President. The replacement quote implies that a dyspeptic person should not be allowed to sit near the President - and the danger would be what ?
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Well, being that Arab is NOT a race, I guess it's not "racist".

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Old 03-02-2005, 10:22 AM   #3
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I'm personally more offended by the mentioning of her being old...

I don't even know who that is though...
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:25 AM   #4
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Ann Coulter is vile, but that isn't an option on your poll.

I don't think changing the words have made them any less direct. Either way you look at it, she's insinuating that Helen Thomas, this grand dame of the Press, is likely to hurt the President if she is near him. Nice message.
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Well, being that Arab is NOT a race, I guess it's not "racist".

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So do you think the comment was just politically incorrect? Or do you think she was implying that Arabs are dangerous and should not be allowed near the President?

What do you think she was implying?
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Ann Coulter is vile, but that isn't an option on your poll.

I don't think changing the words have made them any less direct. Either way you look at it, she's insinuating that Helen Thomas, this grand dame of the Press, is likely to hurt the President if she is near him. Nice message.
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So do you think the comment was just politically incorrect? Or do you think she was implying that Arabs are dangerous and should not be allowed near the President?

What do you think she was implying?
I have no idea what she is implying, I'm not her. It seems to be a dumb thing to say. But racist? Nope. Nothing racist about it.

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Old 03-02-2005, 10:32 AM   #8
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I didn't know Helen Thomas was still alive. As someone pointed out, I don't see how it can be racist given that Arab is not a race, is it? I think "funny" should have been another option to pick. Althought Ann Coulter is over the top more often than not. I feel sorry for her husband (if she has one)
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:33 AM   #9
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Ann Coulter stated
"Press passes can't be that hard to come by if the White House allows that old Arab Helen Thomas to sit within yards of the president."
It's very offensive and insulting , but this is the way the extream right "debates" - always with loud, obnoxious, insults and skewed "facts" - NEVER any intelligent, honest, debate backed up by documented actual facts. If they can't prove that they are right, they always try to "shout down their opponent". They are disgusting individuals. And by "they" I mostly mean the likes of Ann Coulter, Shaw "Pawn" Hannity, Bill O'Reiley "O'Liely", Joe Scarsborough... and the like.
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:33 AM   #10
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I voted racist, because there was no other reason to use that word other than to make it derogatory and inflamatory. I can't stand Ann Coulter, she is so hate-filled, most of her points are supported by facts that are either made up or twisted, she's just awful. Helen Thomas has a hundred times more dignity in my eyes than Ann Coulter ever will.
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:35 AM   #11
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Helen Thomas is an old nut who thinks she's God's greatest gift to the world. It's a deragatory statement she has earned. Again, there is no arab race, so it is not racist.
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Not a choice, but I find it in poor taste.
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:37 AM   #13
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I have no idea what she is implying, I'm not her. It seems to be a dumb thing to say. But racist? Nope. Nothing racist about it.

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So what does it say to you - that she singled her out as "Arab"? Was it just a simple adjective?
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:41 AM   #14
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People are too thin-skinned.
And Helen Thomas is a narcissistic, shrill, nasty woman. Retire already.
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I can't comprehend the intellectual level of someone who likes Ann Coulter.
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