A new Ann Coulter ad begins running on the sidebar today.
What a damn hypocrite that Patterico is! Here he rails against Coulter, and then he accepts an ad for her book?
Let’s assume that you agree with me that, while she is usually right, her brand of insensitive (and often violent) invective gives conservatives a bad name. (I know, I know. Not one of you does, in fact, agree. Have you ever heard the phrase “for the sake of argument”?)
If you feel that way, then who would you rather see taking the money? Her, or me?
UPDATE: OK, I can see that I will have to offer something more than the flip and somewhat tongue-in-cheek explanation I have already given.
The bottom line is this: the advertisements here are not an endorsement by me of the opinions expressed therein, any more than the comments here are.
There are certain over-the-top opinions that, if I learn of them, I may choose not to allow to be expressed here, whether in the form of an ad or a comment. This would be rare, however. Examples include racist ads/comments, or ads/comments that seriously advocate violence. (Even that is not categorical; I might choose to leave such opinions up, to show the deficiencies of the person or organization who advocates them.)
But I don’t want to be in the position of monitoring each ad for its content, to see if I agree with it or not. Since I don’t endorse the positions taken in the ads, there is no reason to do that.
It has nothing to do with the small amount of money involved. What I get from the Coulter ad, I am going to donate to Officer Kristi Ripatti’s family anyway.
The point is that I don’t want to set a precedent that says I must agree with the ads, or else I can’t run them.