It didn't take long for the news of Ann Coulter getting cut from the new Al Franken documentary to get picked up by the blogosphere, and summarily explained. (It's been a long time since my blog has seen so much action.)
In a post at Cinematic Happening Under Development, blogger Devin Faraci spoke to filmmakers Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus to confirm the incident: it seems, it was, in fact, Coulter who refused to give the production permission to use the footage.
“We went under the unthinking presumption that it was a public event and we could shoot it,” Doob told Faraci. “It was really, in fact, a miscommunication in our office. To use that footage we had to have permission from Ann Coulter.”
Hegedus told Faraci that've replaced the scene with footage of Coulter and Bill O'Reilly talking about Franken. "It’s funny," she said. "But it doesn’t do what the other [sequence] did for our film. We still have some last ditch efforts, but it probably won’t happen.”
Fortunately for the filmmakers, the publicity generated by Coulter's unwilliingness to participate could generate as much publicity for the film if the clip had stayed.