Right-wing columnist and talking head Ann Coulter's take-no-prisoners attitude suggests she can fend for herself. But not so her publicist.
Diana Banister, of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, found herself the inadvertent victim of a blogger.
Self-styled "media prankster Scoobie Davis, seen at scoobiedavis.blogspot.com, is among the growing sub-subculture of bloggers with disdain for Coulter.
Banister offered a radio writer friend of Davis' an interview with Coulter, who is promoting her new book, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right. He passed the contacts to Davis, who called Coulter posing as an on-air talk show host.
After several minutes of bizarre banter, Davis revealed his true identity.
"My publicist is setting me up with a stalker? said Coulter, incredulously, shortly before hanging up.
Davis expresses penitence for the hoodwinking Banister. "I did feel bad for her, he told PRWeek. "I imagined Coulter yelling at her ... She didn't have a dog in this fight, and it really wasn't her fault."
Banister did not return any of PRWeek's numerous phone calls. She probably thought we were bloggers, too.