FAN MAIL: If you falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater and everyone tramples each other to death, you get sent to jail. So what should be done with Ann Coulter, who has argued that The New York Times should have been blown up by Timothy McVeigh and that Times executive editor Bill Keller should be executed by firing squad?

This was the question one Times source asked on Friday after an employee at the paper of record received an envelope with an X scrawled through it and a suspicious powder inside. “This thing makes all of Ann Coulter’s comments a little less funny,” said the source. “I wonder if she considers herself at all responsible when lunatics read her columns and she says that we should be killed.”

So Memo Pad went and asked her, sending an e-mail to her AOL account. And guess what? She not only responded, but claimed to be the sender of the mysterious powder.

“So glad to hear that The New York Times got my letter and that your friend at the Times thinks I’m funny,” she wrote back. “Good luck in journalism and please send me your home address so we can stay in touch, too.

“P.S. If we get hit again, don’t forget to ask the NYT if they consider themselves responsible since they have repeatedly exposed classified government programs designed to prevent another terrorist attack.”

Thankfully, the powder at the Times turned out to be cornstarch. Memo Pad declined to send Coulter its home address.
Jacob Bernstein

This story first appeared in the July 18, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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