This is not about Ann Coulter. It is about the NYT reporter Laura M. Holson, who today in a long piece about Coulter quotes her brother saying of the provocative spotlight hugging conservative snarkstress  “She couldn’t wait to get out of the sticks of Connecticut”.

Ms. Holson, in her profile of Coulter, felt no need to expand on that quote. The ‘sticks of Connecticut’ to which the brother referred is New Canaan, Connecticut – 45 miles or so from Ms. Holson’s office –  and one of the wealthiest enclaves in the country. Kids in New Canaan can jump a train after school to go shopping on Fifth Avenue. And be home in time for dinner.

Ms. Holson, you don’t need to challenge your sources. You are, however, expected to expand on comments that beggar credulity.

2 responses to “P-u-h-l-e-e-z-e

  1. Ms. Holland,

    I read the article up to the point of the quote and I do not get what your problem is. To me, the quote says nothing about whether New Caanan, Conn. is poor or wealthy. It is more about the small town provincial atmosphere and employment opportunities versus a wider world.

    I grew up in a big city, but now live in a very small town. It is common for young adults to rebel against the confines of a childhood in smalltown USA. Later in life the frequently return to small town life. If you have a different point, I am like Obama, all ears.


    • I know what you’re saying, but New Canaan is in Fairfield County, which is where I grew up. It’s part of the New York Metro area. There is absolutely nothing provincial about Fairfield County.

      Maybe I make too much of it and he was just using a common figure of speech- and remember my criticism is directed at the reporter – but the ‘sticks’ is such a comical concept when applied to New Canaan and it rings so wrong, it sounds scripted.

      But hey, maybe I’m just defending my New York oriented, highly sophisticed home county.


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