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March 31, 2007

FOX grooms Rachel Marsden as next Ann Coulter

Fox News loves immigrants, as long as they are right wing Canadian pundits. According to this Salon article by Rebecca Traister, FOX is grooming Rachel Marsden to be the next Ann Coulter. This should be interesting... I was at Simon Fraser during the great Marsden/Donnelly stalking controversy.

Marsden pursued swim coach Liam Donnelly for years and later accused him of sexual harassment when he rebuffed her advances. The feminist community at SFU rallied behind her. Donnelly was fired, only to have his name cleared.

I know several of the SFU people Traister interviews for the article. Patricia O'Hagan, the sexual harrassment coordinator who resigned over the scandal, was my demography professor. Neil Boyd, the criminology professor who was harrassed by Marsden and later wrote a book about sexual harassment on campus, is a close colleague of my dad's an a longtime family friend.

While I was at SFU, I worked at Starbucks. One morning a woman came in and handed me a sheet of paper as I was working the till. It took me a second to figure out what it was, partly because I'd gotten up at 3:45 to work the opening shift, but mostly because it was such a bizarre-looking document with red hearts and garlands and several different fonts. It was a resume, Rachel Marsden's resume. I dutifully handed it off to my assistant manager, relishing the look of confusion and revulsion on my supervisor's face. She didn't get the job.

After leaving SFU, Marsden was charged with stalking former radio personality Michael Morgan between Oct. 1 and Nov. 14, 2002. In October, 2004Marsden plead guilty to criminal harassment and was sentenced to one year's probation.

Forget Coulter. I think FOX is grooming Marsden to be the next Bill O'Reilly.


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She seems like a pretty unpleasant person. I have known her type. They typically flame out pretty quickly.

Wow - talk about inside baseball!

Yeah, I read the Salon article yesterday and once again almost wanted a television to indulge morbid curiosity about this piece of work. Follow the links to the cheesecake photos for a bizarre spectacle of pathetic self-indulgence/promotion.

It bespeaks Fox's bankruptcy at manifold levels that they would even consider hiring such a sad case.

Will she acknowledge that she is, as a Canadian, an American?

It sounds like Marsden has some very serious psychological problems, for which she has hopefully sought and received some sort of treatment. There's nothing wrong with discussing this past incident, but I hope that it doesn't necessarily devolve into a lot of "ha ha look at the crazy person" taunting if she becomes more successful.

She certainly doesn't sound like a psychotic. She does sound like a stalker, a narcissist and possibly a sociopath, lacking any concern whatsoever for the trail of wreckage she's left behind her. To what extent she's still entitled to compassion is strictly up to one's personal judgement.

I think her mentally-unstable past is fair game if she she's going to make incendiary remarks like, "Maybe [Pakistani cricket fans] should focus less on cricket and a little more on hygiene," because frankly I don't think she's past her instability. Apparently she finally learned that she shouldn't stalk people, only because it will get her in trouble with the law. Therefore I don't believe she's psychotic. She is, however, an antisocial douchebag. So the more inflammatory comments she makes, the more she needs to be called out on her sociopathology.

I know that we are expected to use the Internet to issue diagnoses and judgments of the people with whom we disagree, but sociopath seems a bit harsh and peremptory. Breathes there a commenter with a soul so dead that he, she or it cannot blushingly recall leaving a trail of hurt feelings, wrecked cars and suspicious fires through college?

My blog comments are not intended to replace a professional medical diagnosis. Consult your doctor.

(That's why I said "sounds like", Flippanter!)

And "blushingly" is the key word here. On the rare occasions when stalkers and abusive personalities get help for themselves and begin to recover, they take responsibilty for the damage they've done, and feel a new empathy both for their victims and others in general. Has Ms. Marsden gone through any part of this process? I don't get that impression. I suspect in fact that becoming less of a neurotic person (excepting the stalking behavior) is probably the worst possible career move she could make right now.

but sociopath seems a bit harsh and peremptory.

No, calling her a sociopath is fair and accurate.

Actually if you really want to get an eyeful of the real Rachel Marsden, check out her posts at Franksters.

She posts as "Missy Tee".

An amateur psychiatric diagnosis is a poor substitute for moral judgment.

the NEXT one? what did they do with the last one?
I know a good taxidermist.

Wow. I'd kind of wondered where she'd ended up.

You guys can keep her!

I thought the most interesting part of Traister's terrific piece was Marsden's refusal to condemn the woman in the Duke lacrosse case which is sort of a sine qua non position for conservatives. Even Gutfeld was aghast.

The Salon article mentions that her father was fired from his teaching job for having sex with a female student, which makes me somewhat hesitant to attack her. The possibility that she may just be dealing with childhood incest in a sad and pathetic way means she might just be pitiful, rather than hateful.

"An amateur psychiatric diagnosis is a poor substitute for moral judgement."

What I said was neither amateur nor a diagnosis. Otherwise, I don't even know what this means. Was a moral angle lacking in my comments above? You were the one, Flip, who tried to spin her actions as normal college hijinks- which still makes me wonder if you've even read the article. This a woman who developed fixations on a series of people who had no interest in requiting her feelings; she then stalked them, and very consciously and methodically tried to destroy at least one of her victim's life, career and reputation. She enlisted campus feminists to her aid by playing the victim, and then stabbed them in the back as soon as it expedient for her. She surely has enough brains to know she's bequeathed one of the greatest gifts to accused rapists and their attorneys in the history of Canada. And yet, there's not the slightest evidence that she's in the least tortured by any of this. On the contrary, the publicity and attention she's getting now seems to be what she was after all the time.

"The possibility that she might be dealing with childhood incest in a sad and pathetic way means she just might be pitiful, rather than hateful."

I have the same mixed feelings (believe it or not) about Mel Gibson: the combination of that fanatically patriarchal father with the themes of torture and masochism running through his films makes me wonder just what little Mel went through. In the vast majority of cases though, you'll find that people who habitually brutalize others were pretty seriously brutalized themselves in their early lives. That doesn't mean that they don't make choices, or that they shouldn't be held accountable for the pain they spread to others.

rite on !
now if i could just get you chasing me . " well i can dream, eh " :)
Peace sister, " your great "

"The Salon article mentions that her father was fired from his teaching job for having sex with a female student, which makes me somewhat hesitant to attack her."

Actually, her father was also convicted in criminal court for this same act.

I imagine Fox News probably didn't check this person out. "She's female, nice looking, and talks conservative- Hire her.."

Either that, or Fox News is trying to appeal to that hard to reach stalking demographics.

There may be a few advertisers for a stalking- journalist. Companies that make binoculars. Also, those little mini- digital voice recorders, etc.

Rupert has a way of turning things into gold.

So the Great White Hope of conservatives is somebody who has used sexist harassment law to get revenge? Somehow I don't think this is going to be an easy sell.

As of May 30th, La Marsden is no longer on Red Eye...

May 31, 2007 -- SECURITY officers hastily escorted "Red Eye" contributor Rachel Marsden out of Fox News Channel's Midtown headquarters yesterday for bizarre and erratic behavior. "She's out of her [bleeping] mind. She was doing crazy stuff," a spy told us. The brown-haired hottie is notorious in Canada, where authorities say she falsely accused a university swim coach of sexual harassment and harassed a Vancouver radio personality. A Fox News rep had no comment.

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