Should Ann Coulter Apologize for Offensive Tweet?

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted an offensive term in reference to the president following the last debate. Should television and radio stations that carry her commentary demand she apologize?

Despite the backlash against Ann Coulter’s use of the word "retard" in a tweet in reference to President Barack Obama following the last debate, the conservative commentator refuses to apologize, either to the president or those with an intellectual disability.

In an article in Media Matters, it was reported that efforts have been in recent times to have the word retard declared “hate speech,” but Coulter has doubled down on her reasoning for using the term. She is reported to have said on the Alan Colmes Show "no one would refer to a Down syndrome child, someone with an actual medical handicap, by saying retard. Where do you think the words idiot, imbecile, cretin, moron, come from? These were all technical terms at one time. Retard has been used colloquially to just mean 'loser' for 30 years."

John Franklin Stephens, a global messenger for the Special Olympics who himself has Down syndrome, wrote a letter to Coulter asking why she assumed she could use the term and still continue appearing on TV.

“I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words, but recoiled from the backlash,” Stephens wrote, adding “Well Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.”

Fellow conservative commentator Michelle Malkin has been critical of Coulter's tweet, calling it "stupid and shallow."  In that case there were bipartisan calls for Longoria to step down from the campaign. That, however, did not happen.

Do you think shows such as Fox News, for which Coulter is a frequent commentator, should demand she apologize, both to the president and to the special needs community, for her tweet?

George Wilson November 01, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Two words...FREE SPEECH even by the misinformed, the platitude lovers, the ignorant, the prejudiced,the people with bad manners,the people with no taste,the crass, and the people who leave comments.
Debra Houston November 01, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Freedom of speech is sacred.
Good Grief Y'all November 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I agree with George. Free speech should be protected, except in the case of causing a riot or yelling "fire" in a crowd. If Dan Coulter had called Romney retard, except for the free speech folks, everyone on this thread would have written just the opposite.
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