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World Net Daily’s Managing Editor David Kupelian Offers Additional Facts on Coulter Speech Cancellation

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Posted on August 20 2010 6:00 pm
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My friend David Kupelian, managing editor of World Net Daily, contacted me to set me straight about a few of the facts in my post about WND vs Ann Coulter:

A couple specific points:

1, I was directly involved in the painful decision, made on principle, to drop Ann from our lineup. Publicity was not a factor. If anything, I would anticipate it would hurt us, and indeed the blogosphere is currently full of attacks, including yours, on WND.

2, Regarding your “conclusive evidence,” Ann’s statement that “his group hadn’t come up for the money to book me for a speech, anyway, so he’s not canceling me from anything”:

In reality, we had paid half of Ann’s hefty speaking fee and were set to pay the other half, which was due one month before the event. We were set to send her the balance when the homocon announcement was made and we concluded we had to disinvite her. We now have sacrificed that half payment – many thousands of dollars – as we have no expectations about getting a refund. We’re willing to accept that as a hard lesson learned, but it’s Ann Coulter who received half a paycheck for doing nothing.

My post has been updated.

And I’ll state here that I have no meaningful quarrel with David. I still respect him, enjoy his work, and strongly recommend his great book How Evil Works. And his publication still offers some important content. He and I can disagree about whether Ann Coulter speaking at GOProud’s event was worthy of her being disinvited from WND‘s event. (I reprinted GOProud’s agenda and imagine David would support 80% of it. And as Ronald Reagan said, an 80% friend is not a 20% enemy.)  It’s Joseph Farah’s remarks about conservatism that I find most troubling.

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