The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

30 August 2006

Ann Coulter, Al Franken, Al Franken: God Spoke


Film Site Claims Coulter Wants Scene Cut

*** Updated With Fresh Coulter- Hate Example ***

As payback for past mistreatment, is Ann Coulter now sticking it to Al Franken? Or, is Mr Smalley merely manufacturing another convenient "controversy" in order to hype his new film, Al Franken: God Spoke?

According to CHUD, a film industry news and discussion site, Coulter has demanded that a scene featuring her and Franken during a 2004 Connecticut debate be cut from the final version. And CHUD contributor Devin Faraci even suggests that Coulter is intentionally trying to sabotage Franken's new film:

Ann Coulter has demanded that a great scene where she gets her skinny ass handed to her be cut from the documentary Al Franken: God Spoke. The film, which follows Franken’s book tour for Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, his involvement in liberal radio network Air America and his eventual decision to run for office, includes a scene where Coulter and Franken engage in a public debate at The Connecticut Forum in 2004.

In the scene they briefly argue about the late Minnesota senator Paul Wellstone, then they’re asked a question about which historical figure they would like to be. Coulter says FDR, so she could never introduce the New Deal. Al Franken quickly and easily decimates her with his answer – he’d be Hitler, so he could stop the Holocaust.

But then on Monday directors Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus were informed that Coulter wouldn’t give them permission to use the footage, even though the film has already screened at the Tribeca Film Festival with the scene intact.

Franken, as usual, has been quick to turn this into a "Coulter can't take the heat" kind of slam. From Faraci's report:

“I’m heart- sick about it, frank- ly,” Franken told me today. “It’s a funny scene, with the Hitler thing. And also she’s awful.”

“We went under the unthinking presumption that it was a public event and we could shoot it,” says co-director Nick Doob. “It was really, in fact, a miscommunication in our office. To use that footage we had to have permission from Ann Coulter.”

The filmmakers don’t know what Coulter’s exact problem is with the footage. “We don’t really know,” says Doob. “She just didn’t want it in the film.” If I had to guess I would say it’s a two-pronged thing: she doesn’t want to be in the movie getting owned, and she wants to spite Franken.

Explains Franken: “We don’t get along at all. I don’t like her and she doesn’t like me.”

Previously, we've covered backstage Franken / Coulter tensions here and the film's progress here. In the latter instance, we hoped that the film's producers would let us get to know the real Al Franken a bit more, but instead, it appears that God Spoke is just another piece of Frankenfluff.

Whether Coulter will have anything to say about this latest flap is anyone's guess.

UPDATE: More unhinged anti- Coulter hate from film industry websites:

Normally I hate to get political (because politics is less interesting than movies), but after doing a few painful hours of serious research, I've come to the conclusion that right-wing lunatic Ann Coulter is probably the most horrific non-murderer I've ever come across. She sells a lot of books, true -- because ham-fisted choir-preaching, arcane ravings and sloppily-written bile make for fun reading, I guess.

Seems that the self-adoring Ms. Coulter is branching out into fields that don't include self-promotion, intolerance and hate-mongering; nowadays she fancies herself a film editor too: Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus, directors of Al Franken: God Spoke have been forced to remove a sequence in which Mr. Franken (verbally) beats Coulter down and wins an argument without breaking much of a sweat.

Despite the fact that the conversation took place at an open debate and is most definitely an item of public record, Coulter has to approve the footage for it to stay in the film -- and, as a huge proponent of ignorance, spite and censorship, she refuses to do so.

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  • The gift that keeps on giving, the original whiny-ass, titty-baby A.C.
    (copyright Sam Seder).

    I also like how Will McBride, son-in-law of the chairman of "sleazy" radio behemoth Salem Communications is getting the run of corporate son's Hugh Hewitt radio show in pursuit of unseating floundering Katherine Harris (A.C in a frightwig, if that's possible) for the Republican primary in Florida.

    Nothing that the "sleazy" radio merchants won't do to retain power.

    By Blogger @whut, at 30 August, 2006 08:46  

  • Ann Coulter is a frantic, acid casualty of the Grateful dead parking lot scene, similiar to David Horowitz a former radical Jewish black panther!! Many right wing mouthpieses are from the most radical walks of life in their previous lifetime.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 30 August, 2006 11:37  

  • Ann Coulter is a frantic, acid casualty of the Grateful dead parking lot scene...?

    Hmmm, sounds like a perfect description of Franken's sordid past.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 30 August, 2006 12:48  

  • Franken at least does not question others morality by playing the abortion card, Coulter does. I saw coulter all blitzed out at a String Cheese Incident concert in NYC recently, clearly not trying to be noticed. I let her be. I'm a nice guy and did not want to personally attack the druggie.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 30 August, 2006 12:57  

  • .."she doesn’t want to be in the movie getting owned, and she wants to spite Franken."

    Hmmm a woman getting owned? Where is NOW now?

    Sure it's a slang word but a lot of slang words are inappropriate for differant people groups. Did Janet Jackson "get owned" when her top was ripped off by Justin Timberlake, or does consent change the tone?

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 30 August, 2006 13:45  

  • And another one gone, and another one gone. Another one bites the dust:
    Mike Malloy fired by Air America due to "financial decision"

    see also, FreeRepublic,
    Democratic Underground

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 30 August, 2006 15:42  

  • Maloney,
    I wonder if you consider it unhinged when a right wing site criticizes Coulter because she says Lincoln Chafee should be killed because he's a half-wit?

    Or is that some more harmless humor by Coulter that you give a pass to?

    By Blogger none, at 31 August, 2006 01:12  

  • Maybe I'm missing something, but how exactly did Franken 'decimate' her in that passage? According to what was written, they were both asked who they would like to be. She said FDR to stop the New Deal, he said Hitler to stop the Holocaust. I understand that there is a moral distinction between the Holocaust and the New Deal (and I thought both of their answers were pretty good), but it wasn't really a response to what Ann said. And if it was about having a morally superior answer, than why not say 'Hitler - to stop WWII' which had claimed ten times the lives of Jews in the Holocaust (did I just decimate Franken)?

    People could make the argument that his answer was better than hers, or wittier, but I don't see how he 'skewered' her.

    By Blogger OttO, at 31 August, 2006 22:02  

  • On another note, both of these people are on the combative edges of politics. If Frankens studio just becomes aware that Coulter holds the rights to the video and has to ask her to use it, wouldn't it seem obvious that she would relish in saying 'no', expecially after the film has been made?

    Coulter is a head-hunter but so if Franken. I think there is plenty of good reason for any conservative to reject Frankens requests like this. And does anyone think for a second that Franken would give Coulter rights to intellectual property he owned, particularly if he could assume that it would be used against him?

    By Blogger OttO, at 31 August, 2006 22:08  

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