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Coulter-hushing incites U.S. views


TORONTO - It's a Coulter clash.

Not since Canadian soldiers stayed out of Iraq -- and before that, when the original Degrassi TV show was cancelled -- has there been such interest among Americans over something that didn't go ahead in this country.

The momentary hushing of firebrand American conservative Ann Coulter, who was pulled out of a University of Ottawa speech Tuesday after protestors raised security fears, has divided Americans as much as Canadians.

As she heads to a speech at the University of Calgary Thursday, Vanity Fair declared: "Ann Coulter is afraid of Canadians."

The Los Angeles Times saw the whole thing as: "Ann Coulter's Irony Deficiency."

And New York Magazine viewed it the same way: "It's kind of ironic ... that people expressing their right to free speech were deemed a threat to someone who was herself deemed a threat over her expression of free speech."

Some of the harshest words have come from her U.S. followers online.

"Hey Canada, you're in good company," read one posting on the website. "Right along with Nazi Germany, Iran and Cuba."

Another vented: " Since Canada was such a shining example of government- run health care, I guess the next innovation for America is a return to mob rule, as that seems popular in Canada."

While Coulter points out the cancellation of her speech was a first, it's not the only time one of her appearances has raised ire on a campus. In 2008, during her address at The College of New Jersey, students wore armbands in protest. And at Northern Michigan University in the same year, critics sold shirts, inked with her face -- a line drawn through it.

And during a 2004 speech at the University of Arizona, she had to dodge two pies thrown at her.