Ann Coulter canceled her Berkeley speech after worries of violence in order to turn herself into a victim, implies Christine Emba of the Washington Post. In her view, Coulter could have simply moved her speech to another time or day in order to share her ideas. However, once the university offered her a different time slot, she refused in an attempt to turn herself into a martyr for the first amendment and gain to publicity. This makes sense given her history of provocation and the fact that she thrives off of her apparently falling victim to left-wing censorship, infers Emba. According to her, Coulter’s priority is herself and her public persona, not free speech.
Ann Coulter’s Berkeley speech being canceled demonstrates how far liberals are willing to go to suppress conservative opinions, asserts Mercedes Schlapp of the Washington Times. She believes that they are attacking the universal right to free speech by stopping Coulter expressing an opinion that they didn’t agree with. In particular, colleges should be encouraging critical thought on tough and diverse subjects, not enforcing a certain way to think, writes Schlapp. She underlines similarities to the practices of authoritarian regimes and suggests that Americans get together to support the first amendment for everyone, no matter what.