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March 16, 2010

THIS IS CNN?.... If I didn't get independent confirmation of this, I honestly would have assumed the announcement was some elaborate practical joke. Alas, it's true.

Prominent conservative commentator and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson will join CNN as a political contributor, appearing primarily on CNN's new show John King, USA, the network announced Tuesday.

Erickson, a self described "obsessive news junkie" who grew up in Dubai and rural Louisiana, will also provide perspective and commentary on other programs across the network. [...]

"Erick's a perfect fit for John King, USA, because not only is he an agenda-setter whose words are closely watched in Washington, but as a person who still lives in small-town America, Erick is in touch with the very people John hopes to reach," said Sam Feist, CNN political director and vice president of Washington-based programming. "With Erick's exceptional knowledge of politics, as well as his role as a conservative opinion leader, he will add an important voice to CNN's ideologically diverse group of political contributors."

This is easily the worst decision CNN has ever made. That the network probably reviewed Erickson's work before hiring him, and offered him a job anyway, suggests CNN's professional standards for what constitutes "an important voice" have all but disappeared.

The point here isn't that it's disappointing to see CNN hire yet another conservative voice, adding to its already-large stable of conservative voices. To be sure, it's frustrating, but it's nothing new.

The problem here is with Erickson himself.

For example, it wasn't long ago when Erickson explained his belief on why the left has a stronger online presence than the right. He attributed it to an asymmetry in free time, since conservatives "have families because we don't abort our kids, and we have jobs because we believe in capitalism."

This is the same Erickson who recently called retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter a "goat f--king child molester," referred to two sitting U.S. senators as "healthcare suicide bombers," praised protesters for "tell[ing] Nancy Pelosi and the Congress to send Obama to a death panel" (he later backpedaled on that one), and described President Obama's Nobel Prize as "an affirmative action quota."

And perhaps my personal favorite was the time, just last year, when Erickson was angry about new environmental regulations relating to dishwasher detergent. He told his readers, "At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator's house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?"

There was a point when major professional outlets would look at a voice like this as an "extremist," to be shut out of the mainstream of America's civil discourse. CNN, however, considers this record of radical rhetoric, and concludes it should pay him to offer on-air political commentary.

CNN will no doubt hear about blog posts like this one, and assume that liberals are angry because the network hired a right-wing blogger. But that's not it -- there are thoughtful, intelligent conservative bloggers in the country, who occasionally have insightful things to say. The problem here is that Erick Erickson isn't one of them.

This is a genuinely sad day for American journalism. CNN ought to be ashamed of itself.

Update: Echidne reminds me that Erickson's utterances on feminists are also pretty astounding.

Steve Benen 12:25 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (107)

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Why should they be ashamed? The corporate media whores only do the bidding of the millionaires in pursuit of more tax cuts and deregulation.

Posted by: Dems lose huge in 2010 on March 16, 2010 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

I guess Orly Taitz wasn't available or something.

Posted by: fugitive on March 16, 2010 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

Well, so much for CNN positioning itself as the non-ideological alternative to conservative Fox and "liberal" MSNBC.

Posted by: UncommonSens on March 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps this is CNN's attempt to "domesticate" Erickson. Which, of course, he will repay by branding them as part of the "liberal media" and making the expected migration over to Fox News Channel.

Another reminder of Ted Turner's greatest mistake -- selling Turner Broadcasting to Time-Warner, and losing control.

Posted by: DJ on March 16, 2010 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

CNN? The network that prominently employs Wolf "Behold My Beard of Corporate Whoredom" Blitzer? Ashamed? Bwaaahaahaa.

Posted by: bikelib on March 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

there are thoughtful, intelligent conservative bloggers in the country, who occasionally have insightful things to say.

What a low standard!

Posted by: Christopher on March 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

It's apparent that as of late, CNN has decided to book the craziest of crazies to try and create conflict and spark debate and avoid using the milquetoast model their network had embraced.

Lately, Michelle Backmann has been on debating various issues as the representative of the right. She's about as bat shit crazy as you can get and its apparent when she's on, CNN is just trying to antagonize the other talking heads into saying some outrageous crap.

Maybe it'll bring them more ratings, but having completely outrageous idiots like Eric Erickson does nothing for the radical extreme rights acceptance as mainstream imho. Let the right be represented by the Erickson's and Tancredo's of the world. It'll expedite everyone view that they want no part of the world those on the right envision for America.

Posted by: mikefromArlington on March 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

Worst decision? You do realize that this is the same network that hired Glenn Beck right?

Posted by: atlliberal on March 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Q . How long before the learned Erickson trips over his formidable baggage .
A . Not long

They kept immigration sensationalist Lou Dobb's , for his ripe point of view ?

Posted by: FRP on March 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Since when has being loud, stupid and mean ever been a barrier to getting on cable TV news? In fact, it attracts viewers. Just like kids in balloons do.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. -- H. L. Mencken

Posted by: David W. on March 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

That's Entertainment! ...and nihilism.
One of hundreds and hundreds of reasons not to pay any attention to the teevee.

Posted by: neill on March 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

Mr. Benen, as I said on Twitter today, Erick Erickson is bringing back CNN's proudest days since the times of Lou Dobbs.

Posted by: sluggahjells on March 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

My real question is this:

Who is the "liberal" counterbalance hired for the show? Newt Gingrich maybe, or Tom Delay?

Posted by: atlliberal on March 16, 2010 at 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

"...as a person who still lives in small-town America..."

Oh ok. Whew. For a minute, I thought CNN was hiring a radical wingnut from the city.

Since Erickson lives in a less densely populated geographical region of the country, I am fine with it. Totally.

Posted by: Ohioan on March 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

I stopped watching CNN/FoxLite long ago.

Good Riddance.

Posted by: Trinity on March 16, 2010 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

They've already shut down comments for the article

Posted by: simp on March 16, 2010 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

From what little I've seen of "John King, USA" Erickson seems like a perfect fit. He can repeat talking points, looks good on TV, and gets a few more fans of his to tune in.

At this point, CNN is to news what the Science Channel is to science, or the History Channel to history.

Posted by: Tom Allen on March 16, 2010 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

CNN's professional standards for what constitutes "an important voice" have all but disappeared.

Those have been gone for years; look at the host of the show Erickson is going to appear on: they don't come much dumber than John King, and that's saying a lot.

CNN's new motto: "When FOX Just Isn't Enough!"

Posted by: electrolite on March 16, 2010 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

Steve Benen wrote: "This is a genuinely sad day for American journalism."

That's a non sequitur, since CNN has nothing to do with "journalism". CNN is a corporate propaganda outlet.

Steve Benen wrote: "CNN ought to be ashamed of itself."

Corporations are not capable of experiencing "shame" or any other human emotion.

In any case, CNN is just trying to keep up with "liberal" NPR, which features on every single broadcast of Morning Edition the "political commentary" of paid partisan Republican Fox News propagandists Mara Liasson and Juan Williams (who called Michelle Obama "Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress" during the 2008 campaign).

Posted by: SecularAnimist on March 16, 2010 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

CNN has simply become irrelevant in any case. The only people who watch it are the kind of people who keep the TV on all the time (and in fact those people usually have the TV set to Fox). I recently hosted visitors from Europe and Australia who foolishly turned on CNN with the thought of catching a bit of news, which the channel actually provides in their sections of Planet Earth, and they were horrified. They expected it to be a news channel -- and it isn't. So, back to logging on to news.bbc, where sensible folks go.

Posted by: jhill on March 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

This is easily the worst decision CNN has ever made.

So far.

Posted by: John Emerson on March 16, 2010 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

This is entirely beside the point and was probably addressed at the time, but...

"...we have jobs because we believe in capitalism."

Of all the things the Communist bloc was known for, it was not laziness. Drunkenness, maybe, and poor customer service, but even the pinkest Pinko still has a work ethic. That's where the expression "Workers of the world, unite!" comes from.

Maybe he was thinking of dirty, lazy hippies. But even they got jobs after the Summer of Love fizzled out.

Posted by: Grumpy on March 16, 2010 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

This makes me so mad I want to beat someone over the head with a lead pipe, and then go drown some kittens.

(P.S. to CNN: You likey? There's more unrestrained hostility where that came from. Call my people and we'll talk.)

Posted by: alkali on March 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

The Cretinous Non Network, in hiring Erik the Wuss, has just declared war on Rupert and his favorite soiled diaper, Beck. This could be fun.

Besides, you have to look at who "really" calls the shots at CNN....

Posted by: S. Waybright on March 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

We will continue to suffer more and greater electoral losses -- and to have to tolerate more and worse "Democratic" politicians (and especially "leaders") -- until we start to recreate a news medium that actually desires to practice journalism, rather than to function as an obvious, blatant propaganda arm for the Publicans (and, more important, for the corporate powers and beyond-merely-rich individuals and families that own and operate the Publicans, and far too many ostensible Democrats).
Since there is clearly a market need for such enterprises (in an environment where the very worst of the liars and tools polls as "the most trusted" of cablenews sources), it should also be a substantial moneymaker as well.
Given all this, I truly do not understand why the dozen wealthiest liberals (and for that matter moderates, since there's no political entity representing them anymore) haven't already bought or started to create a teeveenews network that does actual journalism.
Where are our Scaifes and Hunts and Olins?
(And don't anybody say "Soros" -- he can't do it all by himself, and even if he could, he shouldn't have to. We need some others to step up.)

Posted by: smartalek on March 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

This is all part of a subversive plot by the liberal media to paint conservatives as crackpots.

Everyone knows that CNN has become another part of the liberal media like Fox News and is just providing training for persons with showmanship to move to the real thing at Fox.

If CNN wasn't part of the liberal media subverting the will of the American people and really wanted to provide intelligent conservative opinion, they would have Newt Gingrich on 6 hours a day.

Posted by: RepublicanPointOfView on March 16, 2010 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

"I guess Orly Taitz wasn't available or something."

That was FUNNY!!

The complete takeover of CNN by the conservatrons continues apace. Pretty soon, progressive voices on CNN will be a liferaft in a sea of slime, much as Alan Colmes used to be on Fox. Interesting times - such as those that form the basis of the Chinese curse - are ahead.

Posted by: Mark on March 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmm. CNN has 'closed' the comments section on their announcement. The comments there are, for the most part, not kind...

Anyone know how to get a 'letter to the editor?'

Posted by: shantyhag on March 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

I stopped watching cable news over a year and half ago. I want the news and the news only, not opinions from the people delivering the news. Cable news is riddled by partisan idiots, and I for one, want no part of the games they play.

Posted by: Krb on March 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

As shameful as this is for CNN, it's even more shamefull for modern conservatism. Inmates have overrun the asylum to the point that specimens like Erickson are their mainstream. If a conservative opens his mouth to spew anything but bileful blunderbus, they are chased from the asylum with pitchforks.

But back to CNN. They should change their slogan to "The Most Trusted Name in Freak Shows."

Posted by: JoeW on March 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know why I bother, but I'll just suggest one more time that the major American media is deliberately bad and deliberately right wing. The exceptions are half of MSNBC and maybe a third of the Times and Post.

It's not incompetence or carelessness. Management is not unaware of what they're doing. Criticism and protest are not going to change their minds. The media have chosen sides, and it's not our side.

Liberals love the "shit happens" / quagmire / shades of grey understanding of events, and they call people like me conspiracy theorists, but liberals are jellified morons. Corporations are run top down, management manages, and management wants it this way.

So what we should be thinking about is either how to create new media, or else about how we can possibly win in the face of a determinedly hostile media. That's a tough row to how and I'm very pessimistic. But we should stop expressing surprise and indignation every time a media organization does this kind of thing. They've been doing it for over a decade and we should be used to it by now.

By now one of the "shit happens" explanations should finally be dead: "The media just tries to please whoever is in power; they're not good, but they're not right wing". If that was true, would John McCain be the most popular man on the Sunday talk shows? (And it's not just McCain.)

I don't know why I bother, though. Charlie Brown is Charlie Brown.

Posted by: John Emerson on March 16, 2010 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

To echo Ohioan: Macon (pop. 92K+, "one of the largest metropolitan areas in Georgia") is "small town America"? Who knew?

I guess that makes my town of 5,000 a "frontier outpost" or some such.

Listen, if I try really hard - and smash my head into a concrete wall about 38 times - I can write stuff as stupid and mean as Ericksdottir. Does that mean I should talk to CNN about hiring me, too? You know, to counterbalance that noted liberal, Alex Castellanos.

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, CNN figured they needed to balance Donna Brazile (snark!)

From a business standpoint- and that's what the MSM is- they need to sell commercial time to advertisers. And the advertisers know what kind of viewer they want: gullible and dumb as a box of rocks. . .

Posted by: DAY on March 16, 2010 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

Poor Steve .... He wants a one way conversation with no opposing views. CNN has (maybe) finally figured out that "agenda driven" broadcasting has caused a HUGE slide in CNN ratings.

Just look at the venom and bile coming from Steve's "major professional outlets". MSNBC BWAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: SteveCan on March 16, 2010 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

As has been proven out in every industry today's executives are of chit standards. They ruin the product every time.

Posted by: Silver Owl on March 16, 2010 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

Wasn't this the douche who was encouraging his barely sentient readers to send rock salt to Olympia Snowe as some sort of protest of something?

Posted by: CatStaff on March 16, 2010 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

Agreed with the above observers that CNN believes Glenn Beck alone can't tap the entire conservative vein of stupid all by himself. The bottom of the barrel may not be where the brains are, but it's where the money is.

Posted by: poliwog on March 16, 2010 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

Here you go:

Picture this:Every news cast whether cable or main stream will have a picture of Rupert Murdock smiling that same emetic smile of that jerk J. D. Heywood in today's earlier post. I mean, what the hell is that guy smoking?

Buckle up. It's only a matter of time before they all turn conservative. 1984 here we come...

Posted by: stevio on March 16, 2010 at 1:22 PM | PERMALINK

This is CNN: For real...

TPM: RedState's Erick Erickson: A Brief History

At the announcement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter's retirement in April, Erickson tweeted multiple times that "The nation loses the only goat fucking child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court."
And later, "Lefties really get offended when you point out what David Souter does in his spare time with goats and kids."
The next day he told local blog Lucid Idiocy, "In hindsight I shouldn't have said it. I felt good at the time saying it."
Then in August, he banned a blogger from the front page of his Georgia blog, Peach Pundit, for quoting him. "We try here to keep the posts family friendly," he said.

Posted by: koreyel on March 16, 2010 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

"... there are thoughtful, intelligent conservative bloggers in the country, who occasionally have insightful things to say."

There are?

Oh, and don't give me Daniel Larison and Andrew Sullivan. They use a definition of conservative out of usage since Eisenhower.

Posted by: beejeez on March 16, 2010 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

Once upon a time there was this 24-hour cable news network that set the standard for news coverage. Then a rival news network showed up and went for profitable niche market and succeeded.

Instead of focusing on news gathering and good analysis with a Larry King and a Crossfire show to boot, the network that had set the standard panicked and decided to become a cheap parody of the niche network with lots of Beltway pundits and talking heads screaming at you every night.

End result the news takes a back seat to just talk. And that's all it is, talk. Like dirt, talk is cheap and plentiful. You don't need a lot of money to talk. You do need it to gather news but unfortunately CNN wants to go cheap and as a result they've cheapened themselves.

So Anderson Cooper 360 is not enough we need John King 360 too? Gee, wasn't he once a beat reporter for the AP? It's not about hiring Erik Erickson. It's forgetting what made them prominent and turning the network into another hot air balloon.

It's just like MTV. Do they have news anymore at CNN?

Posted by: Sean Scallon on March 16, 2010 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

CNN is just keeping ahead of the curve.

A conservative tsunami is coming, in 2010, and 2012, and the network(s) that recognize that essential fact are the ones that are going to thrive.

Posted by: Patrick from Anoka on March 16, 2010 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe CNN is trying to get some ratings. I will probably be watching to see him crash and burn.

Posted by: Mitch on March 16, 2010 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

I think this is about thinking they can get some of what "FOX" news has. You know, the exta twenty or thiry thousand viewers, or even a hundred thousand viewers a day that FOX has relative to CNN. Do people in general realize how few people watch the cable channels? And yet the overblown proportion of conventional wisdom comes directly from those who talk at the 2 or 3 million people a day that watch these channels.

Posted by: apmat on March 16, 2010 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

At this point, CNN is to news what the Science Channel is to science, or the History Channel to history.

or MTV and VH1 to music.

I'm old enough to remember when cable television was half decent, and the channels actually showed interesting programs related to what the channels actually claimed to be--music on the music channels, science and nature on the science and discovery channels, good drama and arts programming on A&E, travelogues on the travel channel.
Now it's all devolved to shit reality shows, ghost hunters and....is there anything else? Oh yeah, right wing propaganda. I think that about covers it.
Wait..ESPN does still broadcast some sports, when there aren't any poker tournaments.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on March 16, 2010 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK

sour grapes much?

Posted by: Timetester on March 16, 2010 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

A conservative tsunami is coming,

What, are they going to drop Rushbo into the Atlantic from 5000 feet up?

I certainly enjoy all the concern trolling from the likes of Boehner and Graham "Oh Lawsy! They Demoncrats going to lose all they elections because of Health Care Reform. We just tryin' to save them from theyselves!"

The current Republic Party is the biggest set of whiners and pearl-clutches outside of a rich-kids pre-school. Actually, the pre-schoolers probably whine less.

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 2:18 PM | PERMALINK

I agree, it is a sad day for CNN. CNN has begun lurching even far more to the right. I believe they are honestly trying to be Fox clone. It's also why a large majority of lefties, even conservative ones, have left the network in droves. If they think they can pull some Fox viewers in with Erickson, they are sadly mistaken. While he is crazy, they have even more well-known crazies at Fox. The only thing this does is ruin their "brand". I truly hope Christiane Armanpour does go to ABC. She is one of the bright spots left at CNN.

Posted by: Joy on March 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

This is easily the worst decision CNN has ever made.

They did hire Glenn Beck.

Posted by: Winkandanod on March 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, this is CNN -- the same CNN that gave a megaphone to the odious Lynn Cheney's disgusting DoJ lawyers smear, while running a chyron that read "Dept. of Jihad."

"Liberal media," my eye.

And the supreme irony is that Erik Son of Erik will still claim that CNN is liberal when it presents reality that's inconvenient to conservative faith -- which is to say, any and all reality.

Posted by: Gregory on March 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

Good to see all of us rural doofuses [doofi?] will now be represented on TV; the urban and suburban slander, ignorance, racism, and anti-intellectualism 'taint enough for us good hearted kid whompers ....

Posted by: bigutah on March 16, 2010 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

sour grapes much?

Not in the least. Hell, why not go all in and resurrect Fr. Coughlin, Orval Faubus, and Robert Welch Jr. to do commentary for CNN? Was the Grand Wizard of the Klan not available?

At least they had the courage of their misguided convictions. Erickson's problem is that he was a pimply kid who couldn't get laid so he blamed it on liberals and became a reactionary for to cover his own failings.

We absolutely should take puerile bloggers who refer to Supreme Court justices as "goat-fuckers" and inquire after their elevated opinions daily on cable news show. They have much to teach us.

Posted by: trex on March 16, 2010 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

Erickson's problem is that he was a pimply kid who couldn't get laid so he blamed it on liberals and became a reactionary for to cover his own failings.

Hahaha... exactly. But then, isn't that the problem with all those knuckle-dragging rightwingers, from Rove on down?

Posted by: electrolite on March 16, 2010 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sure John McCain's front man, John King, wasn't able to get in touch with Glenn Greenwald in time for their his debut.

JK has such a deep respect for any of the Blogosphere.

Posted by: berttheclock on March 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, trex, I was hoping for a resurrection of Dr Carl McIntyre and A-Men Charlie.

Posted by: berttheclock on March 16, 2010 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

Steve,

Have you expended this much angst on Keith Olbermann?

Posted by: wd on March 16, 2010 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

It's truly sad that "news" coverage has been reduced to a three-ring circus where any clown can get a gig. CNN, like every other network, is more interested in jacking up its ratings by airing catfights than in informing its viewers about the issues. That most Americans parrot GOP talking points and have no idea what's actually in the health care bill tells you all you need to know about how well the media have done their job.

Posted by: ameshall on March 16, 2010 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

This is infotainment, not journalism. To become truly informed requires the use of good sources, such as C-SPAN and text - print or online.

The nature of the beast seems to be that real reporting is difficult, time-consuming, costly work, and networks are profit-making enterprises. Putting on a circus costs less and attracts viewers and ad dollars.

So you have folks answerable primarily to shareholders making these decisions, assuming no responsibility for widely disseminating the information citizens need to become an active, meaningful participants in our republic. What an awful waste.

Posted by: FC on March 16, 2010 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

So was Sarah Palin actually wrong about the liberal media elitists? Who could have seen that coming?

Posted by: Kellie Hahn on March 16, 2010 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

Not Erickson's biggest fan, but wow...the vitriol here is just self defeating. Didn't your daddy hug you or something when you were little?

Keep yuckin' in up, fellas. This "we're so smart and conservatives are so dumb" elitism means in about 15 years, the only people that will be listening to your drivel are sclerotic retired professors who didn't drop enough acid in the '60's to kill ALL their brain cells. All 4 of the ones still living, that is. Oh, and some of Castro's and Chavez's sycophants.

Whatever the politics, whatever the issue, it continues to amaze that not even the faintest NOD to logic and reason are attempted by the left. Reality is something they and they alone define, and it scarcely, if ever, is factual (like the notion that the MSM isn't completely, totally, and with breathless abandon entirely liberal and utterly in the bag for Barack Obama. I mean, really. Seriously? You're THAT detached from reality?). In the absence of fact, one supposes, liberals -- and the screeds above are ample proof -- resort to the ad hominem, the libelous, the lowest possible intellectual realm in which to play...a realm most others vacated when we left the bullies to play with themselves in the 2nd grade. Not once, NOT ONCE, have I heard anyone left of Hubert Humphrey even attempt to make a logical, intellectual, and reasoned appeal (as opposed to the emotional/moral appeal, like "oh no - 30 million uninsured!!) as to why leftist/statist policies should be adopted. Not at Kos, HuffPo, NYT, not anywhere but in dusty old editions of Mein Kampf, and Das Kapital. Those of us who even raise the question, are merely dismissed, and yet unanswered are the vast libraries of intellectual property that cover Burke, Aristotle, Jefferson, Kristol, Buckley, James, and a thousand others who have so confoundingly stripped democratic socialism (as opposed to its evil twin Marxist socialism) of any remote claim to legitimacy, either as a function of government or as a desirable human condition. Where, pray tell, have ANY of their proposals ever worked? And where, pray tell, if adopted, are they not now in full retreat to the very free markets of ideas and economies that alone enable humans (except here, of course, where the fullness of liberal ideology is yet to be realized. Seems you can only kill this beast after it grows up.)

Conservatives dumb? Americans dumb? Hardly. But it scarcely takes an intellectual to identify the vacuousness of the left and its efforts to make government into God, the evils and hundreds of millions of dead that leftist ideology in all its flavors, from Communism to National Socialism, has wrought since 1900 (not including the 50 million dead babies killed to protect a woman's "right" to choose...the babies you forgot you needed to keep the Social Security ponzi scheme afloat), and the disingenuous attempts by progressives and their 2nd grade arguments and tactics to bully dissent for one to say..."Pass. Go back to your commune." In fact, agreement with their worldview is the very antithesis of intellectual. It is merely the triumph of hope over experience.

So please...keep it up guys. 2010 and 2012 are going to be great years. And now that you're showing us how to pass laws without even actually having to vote on them, we're thinking we could repeal not only healthcare, but most of FDR's nasty pieces of work, and a good chunk of Johnson's, and wow...we might even have a balanced budget and a country that bears some resemblance to the one spelled out in that inconvenient document you so love to ignore -- The Constitution.

All that, from the pettiness of an anti-Erickson rant. Thanks!

Posted by: WaySmarterThanThou on March 16, 2010 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Cancel your cable subscription. You'll gain hours each day, save $50 per month and won't be bothered by CNN or Fox Spews.

Posted by: AK Liberal on March 16, 2010 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

Soneone needs to organize an advertiser's boycott of this guy. He has made some very inflammatory statements.

Posted by: bos'n on March 16, 2010 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

Was the Grand Wizard of the Klan not available?

Cue the wingnut chorus of "But Robert Byrd !!" in 3 .. 2 .. 1 ..

Have you expended this much angst on Keith Olbermann?

Why would he? After all, the young and clueless, i.e. wingnuts, do enough of that to go around. That, and the fact that Olbermann seems to have a somewhat stronger grip on reality and maturity than Ericksdottir does. Hell, someone who dropped a metric ton (tonne?) of Owsley has a stronger grip on reality than Ericksdottir, so I guess that's not saying much. Fortunately, Olbermann is a mature and intelligent person, so he'll get over the damning-with-faint-praise thing.

Of course, if Olbermann starts asking his viewers to send fake dog poop to Boehner or some such, I may revise my opinion. But until then ...

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 3:49 PM | PERMALINK

Erickson has long been one of the worst. He's an idiot who can't keep his mouth shut.

Posted by: oh really on March 16, 2010 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

His e-mail site is listed on the Macon, Georgia City Council web site, where he serves on the City Council.

Hey, WaySmarter, don't be late for dinner. Understand Mrs Erickson will have something very special for 'ya, tonight, as usual.

Posted by: berttheclock on March 16, 2010 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Worst CNN Decision Ever? Heck - CNN hired Glenn Beck on TV first.

Posted by: Susan on March 16, 2010 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

Conservatives dumb?

Yes and yes. And your categorization of Nazism as a leftist ideology in the next sentence is a case in point.

The argument that says "you better cow-tow to the rubes or you're in big trouble politically" is not an argument based in any kind of intellectual honesty or respect for truth. It's simply a restatement of "might makes right."

Just because Joe Q. Reactionary wants to return to the dark ages doesn't mean we should start burning books or giving up on the very enlightenment ideals that he benefits from every day but is too stubborn to acknowledge.

NOT ONCE, have I heard anyone left of Hubert Humphrey even attempt to make a logical, intellectual, and reasoned appeal (as opposed to the emotional/moral appeal, like "oh no - 30 million uninsured!!) as to why leftist/statist policies should be adopted

Then clearly you haven't been fucking listening, as these argument are made here on this blog and elsewhere every. single. day. Social safety nets reduce crime and abortion. "Statist" countries like those in northern and western europe historically have shown that they can have lower crime rates, better health care, cheaper health care, high rates of GDP, more resilient economies, less polluted environments -- and on and on. No, no one has stripped democratic socialism of legitimacy anywhere except in your pants, where the other members of FreeRepublic are there furiously going after it as well.

And by the way, genius, pointing to 30 million uninsured IS a logical appeal in addition to a moral one: those people will rightly try to address their injuries and indeed save their own lives by going to emergency rooms, where they will be billed at outrageous rates which will then be passed on to everyone else in the form of higher rates. While it's clear the value of a human life means nothing to someone as "logical" as yourself, but surely you can see the value to your pocketbook. Idjet.

Posted by: trex on March 16, 2010 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

CNN hasn't learned yet that they can't outfox Fox, that attempting steal some of Fox's rightwing audience is a lost cause?

Posted by: Bragan on March 16, 2010 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

WayDimmerThanAll -
Nice rant. It pegged the irony meter. And the projection meter.

It's interesting that, after eight years where almost every single Bush/Cheney/neocon/right-wing policy hurt the country - except for the rich or well-connected - you children keep talking about liberals and socialism and whatever other bugaboos you can pull from your bag of hackneyed catchphrases. If you children were smart enough to understand the concept of projection, your own brains [sic] would reach down and strangle you.

And while all of you right-wing slackers are so busy telling us about how you're going to "Go Galt!" (and that'll show those DFHs!!!!), the rest of us are working our jobs - well, the ones that the Bush "Economy" hasn't wiped out - plus working to fix the eight-year clusterf**k that was the Bush Administration.

So, keep telling yourself that you're not a moron. It gives those of us that have a clue something to laugh at amidst the destruction that Bush left us.

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

WaySmarterThanThou...way to bring the crazy! But, your post is much too long and needs a lot more capital letters and exclamation marks. As it is, you could be taken for a rambling obsessive crank and not an outraged, simple-minded tea partier. So, liberals are both Nazis and Communists, eh? That's good, but I think my favorite part was the list of great conservative thinkers, you know Burke, Aristotle (a well known right-winger), Jefferson, and...Kristol. Now, that's hilarious, whichever Kristol you meant.

Posted by: jrw on March 16, 2010 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

All that, from the pettiness of an anti-Erickson rant. Thanks!

Posted by: WaySmarterThanThou on March 16, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Now that is some serious wingnuttery. I think CNN's on the phone with a job offer!

Posted by: electrolite on March 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Now, that's hilarious, whichever Kristol you meant.

I think he meant Billy. WayDimmer especially liked it when he (Billy) expounded on the benefits of using a ball-peen hammer to drive a meat thermometer into one's ear.

Of course, with wingnuts, there's little risk of dain bramage - unless their aim is very, very good.

If he didn't mean Billy, then I'm also at a loss, 'cause Irving's kid may be the dumbest pundit out there - he makes Pantload look intelligent, and that's saying a lot. And I doubt Irv himself was any smarter. (See apple/tree/falling)

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

I suppose its only "journalism" is you hear screeching left viewpoints 100% of the time? I can understand how you'd come to believe that given that's the pablum you grew up being indoctrinated with: you assume you're *supposed* to only hear leftist viewpoints.

Well, that day is slowly, but surely, coming to a close as a consequence of the networks bad business decision. Americans are fed up with the left-biased media.

Posted by: NOYB on March 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

These self-described "conservatives" are violent and hateful and hate-filled. All Americans should be ashamed of CNN and the continuing abomination that is Fox News.

I feel sorry for real conservatives like David Frum and Daniel Larison. Their movement is over-run with the obvious sissies like Fred Barnes and Fatso, the Hedonist Three-times-divorced non-father Family Values Drug Addict. Everyone has seen guys like Barnes and Fatso run away when trouble arose

But their movement also has the fat fake tough guys like Erikson and Beck, sissies all. I wish I had the lace pantie concession at the Big and Tall Men's Store when C-PAC is in town.

There are real he-men, like Ann Coulter and Megyn Kelly and Kellyanne Conway, and sexually neutral female female impersonators like Sarah, Miss Runner-up Alaska, but they no longer allow the fat guy male conservatives to borrow fro their underwear drawer because the unmentionables get so stretched out (but surprisingly not in the front!!!).

Posted by: tomcj on March 16, 2010 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

waysmarterthanthou, you must be one of the right-wing unemployed, in spite of what I assume is your love for capitalism. Your post was too long to bother reading in its entirety, and too poorly written, but you obviously have loads of free time. Most of us here are too busy to troll right-wing sites and write long boring posts like yours on them.

Posted by: bos'n on March 16, 2010 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

Erickson, a self described "obsessive news junkie" who grew up in Dubai and rural Louisiana...

Priceless.

Posted by: oboe on March 16, 2010 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

Good lord, two smirky liberal shows on an obscure cable channel, and the MSM is a damned commie conspiracy. As if you can turn on any TV or radio at any other time without some deranged, Wall Street-bankrolled wingnut or commercial for the capitalist good life screaming at us. What a poverty of true opinion diversity. Would it kill CNN or Fox to air one gen-yoo-wine liberal commentator with regularity? Just one. Might even be good for ratings.

Posted by: beejeez on March 16, 2010 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

yet unanswered are the vast libraries of intellectual property that cover Burke, Aristotle,

And just as an aside, Aristotle was by definition a "statist," you fucking moron. He believed that the the city-state was the chief good and highest aim of humans as political animals and that people should be subject to it's laws and conventions without question. He also believed that monarchy was the best form of government.

I realize you were probably secretly indulging your glee in Aristotle's justification of slavery and rule by a small cabal of elites as a good compromise form of government, and you name-dropped to make it appear as if you are actually educated. Instead you just look like an idiot.

It may surprise you to know as well that Aristotle didn't believe in charging interest. He was, in that sense, an enemy of banking and investment.

"Answered once more is the vast intellectual library of wrongful attribution of political beliefs! Huzzah!"

Posted by: trex on March 16, 2010 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

NOYB -
Only in your fevered little mind (and that of your brethren wingnuts) are the media "liberal". For the rest of us, in the reality-based world, not so much.

Americans are fed up, you're right. Unfortunately for you, it's the incompetent, clueless, hypocritical wingnuts they're fed up with. Well, I guess I should qualify that slightly: except for the 10% who think Bush was smart, who think Obama was born in Kenya, who think Sarah Palin is a deep political thinker, who think Republicans have the best interests of the hoi polloi in mind. Those people (i.e. the 10%) are fed up with anyone who isn't exactly like them.

But, please feel free to rant some more! We love seeing wingnuts continue to degenerate into incoherency.

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

trex -
Hey, cut the guy a little slack, OK? I mean, at least he spelled Aristotle's name correctly.

Most wingnuts couldn't even do that. (Think Thomas Henderson's characterization of Terry Bradshaw's intellectual prowess.)

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

God...you guys MADE my day, and proved my points to a tee. You're walking textbooks of liberal stereotypes. Has anyone here even seen the inside of a college history class room?

And for the challenged that don't know that the National Socialist Workers Party of Germany wasn't left wing, then go back to elementary school history and look up "socialist". Clearly your home schooling failed.

For those of you who don't know the difference between right and left, left = government tyranny at it's extreme; right = anarchy at its extreme. So the more government you want, the more left you are. The more right you are, the less government you want. So yeah, every government dictatorship is by definition leftist. So you guys get all the dictators. Now, they only teach this in real colleges so some of you may have missed out. For those of you who went to community college, see the cashier for a refund.

And as to some pot-addled brains being unable to take in more than three bumper-sticker length sentences, well...that explains it all. Liberals can't read, don't want to read, lest facts confuse them.

Unemployed? No...I actually own the company. I "own" the 50 some consultants that work here, the 11 project managers, and the 14 developers. I get the biggest chunk of the $74M we'll make this year. So I can spend as much time here as I bloody well feel like.

It's a slow day, so I thought I'd see what the people who can't think for themselves were parroting on Media Matters, MSNBC, and this little rant of a web site.

To a tee, folks. To a friggin' tee. You are SO predictable.

Please do post pictures when I check back in November and 80 liberals join the Obama Recession and the unemployment line. I'm sure they'll be priceless (extra points go to the "intellectual elite" who can blame it all on Bush fully two years after the election!...LOL!)

Posted by: WaySmarterThanThou on March 16, 2010 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

And for the challenged that don't know that the National Socialist Workers Party of Germany wasn't left wing, then go back to elementary school history and look up "socialist". Clearly your home schooling failed.

Uh, fuckwit? May I call you fuckwit? The descriptor "Socialist" in the Nazi acronym has nothing more to do with actual socialism than the John Birchers have to do with Birch trees. Socialism in that context meant "society," the decent German Volk forming a blog against all of the undesirable elements on which they blamed their economic troubles.

In fact, one of the defining elements of Nazism was anti-leftism, and in particular anti-communism. Remember Niemoller's lament? "First they came for the Communists, and I did nothing, then they came for the Jews...and the trade unionists...." The Nazis USED the threat of leftism as a destabilizer to unite the German people into a right-wing, ultra-traditionalist, racist, reactionary bloc.

Nazis did not believe in democratic rule; did not believe in tolerance for Jews, homosexuals, gypies, or other undesirables; did not believe in the redistribution of goods or wealth; did not believe in immigration; and believed they could wage war against preemptive threats to the Homeland. Which party in the US does that remind you of, genius?

That's very basic history and you're a fucking dumbass for not knowing it.

Posted by: trex on March 16, 2010 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone else find it amusing that a troll who has yet to offer a shred of evidence for a single thing is going on and on about ... how liberal provide no evidence?

It's as if they take wingnuts to some Bizarro School of Stupid, at which they are taught: opinion = fact; up = down, 2 + 2 = 5; War is Peace; Ignorance is Strength; Palin is Smart; and (natch) anything that can be remotely seen as liberal = TEH EVIL!!!!

I mean, seriously. The dumb is strong in this one, and that can't be an accident ... can it?

He did a nice job, though, of derailing the thread, which was ostensibly about a guy (who, it's been reported, rapes children every day) getting hired by CNN.

So +1 for that.

Posted by: Mark D on March 16, 2010 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

I do believe WaySmarter is a parody troll. Scary good stuff, especially, "Left = government tyranny at it's extreme; right = anarchy at its extreme. So the more government you want, the more left you are. The more right you are, the less government you want. So yeah, every government dictatorship is by definition leftist. So you guys get all the dictators." lolol

Posted by: FC on March 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

WayDimmerThanAll -
You remind me of wingnut TigerHork - the right-winger who posts on YouTube telling all those f'ing liberals how hard he's working yadda yadda yadda. Those of us who actually do work hard don't spend a lot of time telling everyone and anyone how hard we're working. You and TigerHork remind me of Wally (of Dilbert fame).

As to your other political "thoughts": your cluelessness is breathtaking in that it's so all-encompassing. You have absolutely no/zero/zip understanding of any of the concepts you scribbled about, so any attempt to educate you would be a waste of pixels.

But if you think the right wants "anarchy", or doesn't want to have a state-controlled society, then you are seriously delusional. Republicans project their own desires for dictatorship onto anyone they oppose.

Oh, by the way, you left out a few words from your attempted snark: it's the "Obama Recovery from the Bush Recession". And your Republican friends in Congress have done their damnedest to make sure Bush's Recession continues for as long as possible.

So, please, keep coming back with your version of "I know you are, but what am I?" I have a soft spot in my heart for children (well, not in the way that right wingers do, thank FSM), so your childish ravings are always cute.

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

And for the challenged that don't know that the National Socialist Workers Party of Germany wasn't left wing, then go back to elementary school history and look up "socialist".

Well, I would, but here in the People's Republic of China they won't let me look stuff up. I had the same problem when I lived in the German Democratic Republic.

Posted by: shortstop on March 16, 2010 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

Stop changing the meanings of words. Erikson is neither a conservative nor a radical; he's a goddamned reactionary!

Posted by: buddy66 on March 16, 2010 at 6:15 PM | PERMALINK

CNN: Conservative News Network.

Which is looking and smelling a whole lot like FOX News.

FOX News: Feces Or Xcrement News.

Posted by: The Oracle on March 16, 2010 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

Eriksdottir, SFAW? Gosh, thank you for using my gender to insult him! I mean, that's the worst thing you can say about a man, right, that he's a girly-girly WOMAN!!

Fucking fauxgressive asshole.

Posted by: b.g. on March 16, 2010 at 7:37 PM | PERMALINK

You know, I was going to say something about crazy, old WaySmarter but it's a waste of time and effort. I've put in a full day (and so have my employees -- you're not the only Big Cheese here WS) and know better than to take on Ignorant. (Stupid is different. Stupid can be educated. Ignorant chooses not to be educated.) I have RightWingCrazies in my family and they are unable to think on their own and can't grasp an idea unless it's been explained to them by the Fox idiots or the Becks and Cheneys of the world. Just let him blather on folks. He's beyond help.

Posted by: BC on March 16, 2010 at 7:58 PM | PERMALINK

Gosh, thank you for using my gender to insult him!

Sex. Gender is for grammarians. And it's more a case of derision than insult, I think.

I mean, that's the worst thing you can say about a man, right, that he's a girly-girly WOMAN!!

Only if he prides himself on being a manly-manly MAN!! I could have implied that he's into bestiality (given his comments re: Justice Souter), but it wouldn't have the same effect, I think. If he had ever provided evidence of the slightest bit of enlightenment re: persons not like himself, I would have found something different to make fun of.

Fucking fauxgressive asshole.

I'm guessing you mean me. I'm crushed. You're right about the "asshole" part, of course, but "fauxgressive"? That's harsh, man. (Oops! There I go again!) And I'm a fucking liberal, TYVM, not a goddamn progressive.

But really, b.g., try to get over yourself.

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 8:01 PM | PERMALINK

An agenda setter who Washington pays attention to? I don't know whether to laugh or sigh at this blatant show of ignorance and naiveté. Has the Son of Erick ever done *anything* that was influential and didn't quickly fizzle out? Not that I can think of.

Perfect case in point: does anybody remember Operation Leper? His quixotic attempt to protect Sarah Palin's reputation after she lost in 2008? No, of course none of you remember; that was one of Erickson's pet projects, after all.

Posted by: Shade Tail on March 16, 2010 at 8:53 PM | PERMALINK

Vindication is a wonderful thing! After months of trying to dismiss conservatives, even the bile spewing CNN now is desperately trying to win over these folks.

I know, you guys what more Roland Martin and his Obama should go "gangsta" high brow commentary, but you will have to settle for someone who reads the Federalist Papers, not Das Kapital. Sweet.

Posted by: cottonmouth on March 16, 2010 at 9:10 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter SFAW: Haw haw haw, misogyny is SOOO FUNNNEHHHHH!!!!! Even in response to a post in which a wingnut is being criticized for it!

Oh, and "gender" has referred to a lot more than grammar for quite a while now. I suppose you're the sort, however, who sneers at social sciences as "soft" sciences. Soft, unlike (purportedly) your wang.

I'd tell you to get off my side, but you're not on it. You're not a liberal, either, btw. You're just an asshole.

Posted by: b.g. on March 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM | PERMALINK

"This is easily the worst decision CNN has ever made."?

While I generally agree with you Steve, you can't say that hiring Glenn Beck and giving him his own show on Headline News was a BETTER decision than hiring Erickson. I mean, compared to Beck's hyperthyroid ranting, Eric is just another flaccid weenie.

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Posted by: Hart Williams on March 16, 2010 at 10:13 PM | PERMALINK

Dubai and rural Louisiana.

Now THERE's someone who has had a true, representative American upbringing.

Posted by: Cal Gal on March 16, 2010 at 10:17 PM | PERMALINK

This is the same network which made Glenn Beck famous.

Erick bin Erickson's just par for the course.

Posted by: jerry 101 on March 16, 2010 at 11:11 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter SFAW: Haw haw haw, misogyny is SOOO FUNNNEHHHHH!!!!! Even in response to a post in which a wingnut is being criticized for it!

Actually, misogyny isn't funny. But using faux misogyny to deride misogynists such as Ericksdottir might be, despite your poutrage.

Oh, and "gender" has referred to a lot more than grammar for quite a while now. I suppose you're the sort, however, who sneers at social sciences as "soft" sciences. Soft, unlike (purportedly) your wang.

Yes, and "Creation Science" is used to refer to religious quasi-dogma. But it doesn't make it science. Not sure how "social sciences" comes from your misuse of the term gender, but there you are. And the hard-on comment was a nice touch - just the right amount of crudeness and stupidity. Thanks! (I guess if I REALLY wanted to piss you off, I should have written something like "I'll have to let the barefoot-and-pregnant Mrs. SFAW know that some chick on the intertubes thinks I have a woody, and that I need to be 'serviced' tout de suite". But you'd probably (A) think that I really think that way, and (B) burst a blood vessel with apoplexy, and I wouldn't want to be responsible for you stroking out.)

I'd tell you to get off my side, but you're not on it.

You're right, I'm on the side of having a clue, but you apparently are not.

You're not a liberal, either, btw. You're just an asshole.

Yes, and Stephen Colbert is more right-wing than Tom Coburn in your mind, no doubt. Look, we've already stipulated that I'm an asshole, so coming up with something new/intelligent might have been a better choice for you. But, as I said, you're clueless. To put in terms that you MAY be able to understand: you misinterpreted or misunderstood a comment, chose to apply your own biases to have it conform to how you view the world - or perhaps you just willfully misunderstood it - and issued a proclamation based on your (lack of) understanding. It's kinda like what the Rethugs did with Kerry's "nuisance" comment (vis-a-vis terrorism) during the 2004 election. Doesn't make you a bad person, just a fool.

Posted by: SFAW on March 16, 2010 at 11:32 PM | PERMALINK

CNN aspires to being Fox Lite. With Erickson on board, they have arrived. No facts, just another bomb-thrower with a viewpoint.

Posted by: Dema on March 17, 2010 at 12:21 AM | PERMALINK

See, b.g., you're just overreacting hysterically, and obviously have no sense of humor! You must admit defeat, now that SFAW has helpfully mansplained why you were wrong!

Posted by: EmmATX on March 17, 2010 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

See, b.g., you're just overreacting hysterically, and obviously have no sense of humor! You must admit defeat, now that SFAW has helpfully mansplained why you were wrong!

Another planet heard from?

"Mansplained"? "Fauxgressive"? What is this, neologism week? I'm honored that you gals are using my inoffensive little dig at Ericksdottir to edumacate me re: the latest reich-wing terms. ("Inoffensive? How dare you tell me what I find offensive! You misogynistic bastard!") But thanks for helping WayDimmer derail this thread.

But let me ask you a serious question or two: where I come/came from, there would be times when a "tough guy" (i.e. someone who talked tough, but couldn't walk the walk, as they say) would be called a "pussy". Now, there have been myriad times in the blogosphere when some dick-swinging right-winger has merited getting called that. However, because I generally believe it to be an offensive term - not as bad as "the C-word", but still offensive - I tend to use "wimp" or "candy-ass" in its place. However, there are times when some reichtard is wailing on and on about how tough he is, and calling him a "pussy" would be the quickest/strongest way to drive him nuts. So my question is: given those conditions, would y'all still get bent over use of the term?

I'm asking because I see a big difference between (A)the gratuitous use of terms like "pussy" as a way to objectify or dehumanize a woman, and (B) its use as a tactic designed to really piss off a reich winger. And, yes, I do see a difference between the two.

Posted by: SFAW on March 17, 2010 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

Aw come on... don't we have enough right wing noise broadcasts now? The wingers practically own the media. Its even worse on radio. MSNBC is the sole friendly voice for democrats.

Hopefully, this clown will get such low ratings that he will have to move to Fox. I guess you all have noticed that Fox does not give democrats equal time. And if they do, a trap has been set. The host or guest republican is permitted to shout them down. Pitiful.

Posted by: Carlos on March 17, 2010 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

We are living in strange times. When the going gets tough the weak-kneed, gun-toting, bible- blustering chicken-hawks are out front prompting revolution from their cozy studios. The generals are leading the troops remotely from broadcast studios.

Posted by: Emilio on March 18, 2010 at 6:34 AM | PERMALINK

Chicken Noodle News just had to have a replacement for the demented Beck, Dobbs, and Carlson, whom they relieved of their positions during moments of drug-free managerial clarity. I'll predict that this once stand-out network will steer itself into the gutter with its continued obsession with the adoption of the Fraud News model.

Posted by: Emilio on March 18, 2010 at 6:42 AM | PERMALINK

I guess the corporate sponsors are looking for somebody who isn't Glen Beck.

Posted by: public takeover on March 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

American journalism? This is an oxymoron.
Is this a test? Journalism died a long slow painful death somewhere around 1975.
Television free since 1999.

Posted by: easywind on March 18, 2010 at 11:07 PM | PERMALINK

I'd like to drag CNN outside and beat that idiot to a bloody pulp.

Posted by: enraged on June 19, 2010 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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