09/07/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

USA Today Ditches Plan To Have Moore, Coulter Cover Conventions

Four years after its plan to use outspoken commentators Michael Moore and Ann Coulter to write about life at the presidential conventions misfired, USA Today is taking a safer route with Democratic strategist Bob Beckel and conservative columnist Cal Thomas taking those roles.

Beckel and Thomas, who currently write a joint commentary every other Thursday for the Gannett Co. flagship paper, plan to write daily commentaries at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions, according to Brian Gallagher, USA Today's editor of the editorial page.

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