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January 29, 2008 10:19 AM Subscribe
"Ann Coulter doesn't even believe anything she says!" Really? Are there any cases of a writer or pundit who turned out not to believe the positions s/he took?
posted by transona5 to Society & Culture (34 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
This claim never rings true to me -- I don't think it's satisfying for most people to argue passionately for causes they don't really believe in. But perhaps this really does happen sometimes. I'm not talking about something like the Sokal Hoax, or a writer who tries to defuse a controversy by claiming, "It's just a satire." I'm looking for cases where someone strongly advocated positions s/he didn't believe for financial gain, publicity, or some other similar motive. (Although I suppose it would be hard to know for sure; the writer's later denials might be false.)