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January 29, 2013 3:44 PM Erickson Disappoints

By Ed Kilgore

To those of us who hoped Erick Erickson would leap into the Republican primary to succeed retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss—perhaps mixing it up with other “true conservatives” like Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey and maybe Karen Handel—today’s news bulletin from the blogger/commentator/commissar was very disappointing: he’s just leaving CNN, as part of a “shakeup” that’s already axed James Carville and Mary Matalin.

According to an article by TPM’s David Taintor, the “shakeup” may have been due to CNN’s desire to have more “panel-style” commentary, which means “personalities” who don’t live in or near Atlanta or Washington were no longer so desirable (Carville and Matalin live in New Orleans; Erickson is Georgia-based, but I think he still lives in Macon, which is a couple of hours away). It’s yet another indication that the widespread predictions of yore that modern technology would make geographical location vastly less important in journalism and other “verbal manipulation” occupations were a mite premature.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on January 29, 2013 4:12 PM:

    That foul turd, Erick, the son of countless other unimaginative, but vain, Ericks, is finally off of CNN!!!

    Now, maybe that news channel can return to being something besides a channel of insipid hacks, bending over backwards, trying to to appease the far right.

    Next, get rid of Wolf, and the rest of his "Worst Feckin' Political Feckin' Team on Feckin' Tele Feckin' Vision."

    Give Soledad O'Brien Wolf's spot, and go for some younger, more Liberal talent.

    FOX has it's niche.
    An aging and dying one.
    No reason to try to emulate them - unless you want to go to the grave, right after FOX.

    I'm hoping that CNN can return to what it once was - the go-to channel when major news broke.

    But, of course, too many of their national and international news bureau's have long been shuttered, and rebuilding them will be too expensive, so maybe the best I can hope for, is smarter, younger, and less lame, talking heads.

  • Ron Byers on January 29, 2013 4:26 PM:

    James Carville and Mary Matalin axed? Oh the humanity. Think of the poor children left homeless.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on January 29, 2013 4:39 PM:

    seconding gulag on the quality of CNN...

    I've been subjected to that high-brow crap shoot every night since before the election because it's always on the flat screens in the lady's locker room at my gym.

    Way back when I was just reading lips from the treadmill I thought they must be talking about really sophisticated stuff. I mean, Wolf Blitzer looks distinguished, Erin Burnett is attractive, and Anderson Cooper is a silver fox.

    And then someone turned on the sound, and I was flabbergasted by what kind of intellectual light-weights were on the tube. In addition to dredging the very bottom of the political contributor bucket for the commentary of folks like Allen West, they have the most ridiculously stupid topics. No shitting, last night Wolf & Co. had the most asinine debate on how often Obama skeet shoots at Camp David... Seriously...
    how often Obama goes skeet shooting

  • Peter C on January 29, 2013 4:51 PM:

    CNN is almost as bad as FOX. They're a complete waste of time.

    I'm glad Erickson is going to get less exposure. Ditto for James Carville, actually. He's a bit of a buffoon.

  • FedSec on January 29, 2013 4:56 PM:

    Isn't Erickson going to Fox?

  • CharlieM on January 29, 2013 5:00 PM:

    Modern technology HAS made geographic location less important in journalism.
    You're just confusing the product CNN produces with journalism.

  • spartikus on January 29, 2013 6:56 PM:

    But...but...Erick does live Atlantic. Macon, if I'm not mistaken.

  • Doug on January 29, 2013 7:09 PM:

    I rather think that CharlieM @ 5:00 PM is on to something...