Townhall Silently Deletes Ann Coulter Post Bashing Dinesh D’Souza Movie It Funded

The conservative Townhall newspaper this week quietly removed from its website an opinion column that directly aimed at it 2000 mulesthe election-denying “documentary” about Dinesh D’Souza, funded by Salem Media Group – the company that owns Townhall.

The piece in question, entitled “Dinesh’s Stupid Movie” and written by influential right-wing columnist Ann Coulter, ripped into D’Souza’s unsubstantiated film, calling it “stupid” and based on “hocus-pocus” claims. The syndicated column was posted on City Hall’s website Wednesday night and then removed sometime early Thursday.

“Page not found,” a notice now reads at the URL where Coulter’s beating of D’Souza’s film once existed. “We’re sorry, we seem to have lost this page, but we don’t want to lose you.”

Neither Townhall’s editor, Jonathan Garthwaite, nor his editor, Katie Pavlich, responded to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment. When reached by phone on Friday afternoon, a woman on Salem Media’s executive board, who only wanted to identify herself as “Tracy,” sneered at The Daily Beast of the Coulter in deleting the column: “Oh, really. That is interesting. We have been removed from many Google websites for not agreeing that we are a religious organization. Is that… also illegal?”

D’Souza’s Film Manager is produced and distributed by Salem Media, the mass media company that owns conservative websites like Townhall and RedState and a network of syndicated radio stations and affiliates. “I’m producing this film in association with Salem Media,” D’Souza wrote on Twitter in mid-May.

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Sparks began to fly on Wednesday night after Coulter, who has fumed at former President Donald Trump for the last few years, wrote that D’Souza’s film was a “handle” and “stupid.”

“The film doesn’t show what it promises to show,” she added.

D’Souza responded to Coulter’s “latest tirade” by calling it “incredibly funny.” He added“She’s a specialist at playing jerks like you to get attention, and obviously it works!”

Talk radio star and Fox News host Mark Levin also joined the fight and shot his colleague from early right-wing comments. “Can it go any lower than Coulter? Speaking of scammers,” Levin tweeted about you.

This is far from the first time a right-wing blog under the Salem Media umbrella has deleted an article, although the company famously inserted an editor’s note the last time around.

In February 2021, RedState retracted a post urging readers to go “RINO hunting” and “target collecting” on behalf of the publication after Mediaite reported its existence. “On February 5th we published an opinion piece which unfortunately uses a metaphor that we feel is inappropriate. It has been withdrawn and we regret its publication.

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