CNN’s Shame

Recently CNN announced that managing editor Erick Erickson would be joining the CNN team as one of their commentators (along with another recent addition to the CNN team CNN has proved yet again it has no qualms about scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to staffing issues).  CNN is fond of trying to sell itself as the “above the fray” cable news network, more interested reporting the news in a fair non-biased manner than it is ratings, the hire of Mr. Erickson proves nothing could be further from the truth.  Here are a few of Mr. Erickson’s more memorable quotes:

“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?” Later in the post, Erickson added: “Were I in Washington State, I’d be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation.”

In a blog post headlined “Is Obama Shagging Hookers Behind the Media’s Back?” Erickson stated, “I assume not. I assume that Obama’s Marxist harpy wife would go Lorena Bobbitt on him should he even think about it, but I ask the question to make one simple point: Barack Obama, like Elliott (sic) Spitzer, is a creation of the liberal media and, as a result, could be a serial killing transvestite and the media would turn a blind eye.”

On his Twitter account, Erickson called retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter “a goat-f- child molester.”

“Turned on twitter today and there was a barrage of angry feminists upset with me telling them to get in the kitchen and learn to cook”; “Good thing I didn’t suggest the feminists … you know … shave. They’d be at my house trying a post-birth abortion on me”; and “Feminists have no sense of humor, but clearly God did in creating feminists.”

This is not CNN’s first attempt attempt at boosting it’s sagging ratings by crawling around in the mud and finding the slimmest creature it can to put on camera, after all this is the network that first put Glenn Beck on TV.  Make no mistake,  I have no issue with any news network giving air time to all sides of the political argument however when you repeatedly put people on who not only delight in the most insulting and vile of rhetoric but people who gleefully encourage mob violence you’ve crossed a line.  Shame on you CNN.



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51 responses to “CNN’s Shame

  1. nannymm

    Did you see him on Reliable Sources today with Howard Kurtz? Erickson’s excuse for all those comments is that he just “had to grow up.” Hmmm…. sounds like a load of crap to me.

  2. Yes nanny saw it, that’s what prompted this thread!

  3. nannymm

    “But all the screaming about tyranny and reconciliation — in which Senate Democrats tyrannically used 56 votes to pass health care — had to compete with the noise of Jim Bunning’s one-senator filibuster.”

    The Senate Democrats did not “tyrannically use 56 votes to pass healthcare.” Mike Littwin is perpetuating false info with that statement. Healthcare passed the Senate with 60 votes (a SUPER majority) and passed the House with 219, a majority. That is hardly “tyrannical.” In fact, it’s called democracy. The duly elected senators and congressional representatives passed the HCR bill through the ordinary process. It was the “fixes” to the bill that were passed in the Senate through the budget reconciliation process, a completely legitimate process that has been used repeatedly by BOTH parties. That, too, is democracy in action. It is NOT in any way tyrannical.

  4. Health care passed the Senate with a bigger majority than Bush’s tax cuts!

    The 2001 tax cuts passed 58-33. All the Republican senators (with the exception of John McCain, R-Ariz.) were joined by 12 Democrats to pass the measure.

    The 2003 tax cuts were also passed by reconciliation. These were more controversial, because at this point the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had started, and later the same year Congress passed a Medicare prescription drug benefit. The vote in the Senate was 51-50, with vice president Dick Cheney breaking the tie. (The vice president is technically the president of the Senate and can break ties.) In this vote, only two Democrats joined the Republicans.

  5. nannymm

    I posted that comment on the Denver Post’s site in response to Littwin’s piece. Apparently, the rethugs don’t like his piece. Check out the comments. What dopes!

    • dnd

      I think Littwin was using satire with the “tyrannically” statement. The righteous right doesn’t like Littwin. 😉

  6. nannymm

    This was America under Bush-Cheney. It’s not an America to be proud of.

    AP INVESTIGATION: Cautionary tale from CIA prison

    More than seven years ago, a suspected Afghan militant was brought to a dimly lit CIA compound northeast of the airport in Kabul. The CIA called it the Salt Pit. Inmates knew it as the dark prison.

    Inside a chilly cell, the man was shackled and left half-naked. He was found dead, exposed to the cold, in the early hours of Nov. 20, 2002.

  7. nannymm

    As a Catholic, this scandal has been very painful for me. But my pain is nothing compared to that of the victims. That anyone would the defend the Church in this matter is incomprehensible to me. Yet, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, dared to do just that. John Corey wrote a cogent and very moving response. I highly recommend that you all read it. I’m not including the link to Donohue’s screed; however, if you wish to read it, Corey includes a link to it.

    A Personal Issue, The Catholic Church Scandal
    y views on child abuse and child molestation are harsh and unforgiving and forged by the fires of my own childhood. I give no quarter on this issue.

  8. Bill Donohue is a seriously deranged man. Talk about being on the wrong side of history.

  9. “even the Jews”

    Let me add anti-semite of to the list of Mr. Donohue’s ills.

  10. nannymm

    He really makes me sick, Brian. I love my Church. But when she is wrong, it needs to be acknowledged. Donohue’s pathetic defense of “everybody did it” is no help. It does nothing to further honest dialogue, reparations to the victims, or the changes that must be made to ensure that such horrors can never occur again. People like Donohue are wrong and vile. They need to STFU.

  11. Re-watching today’s MTP, I find it hard to hate Lindsy Graham

  12. nannymm

    I don’t hate him, Brian, but I don’t exactly like him, either. I do think that he’s being unfairly targeted by the South Carolina Rethugs for his efforts to work with the Dems and Obama.

  13. He’s not pandering to the teabaggers, that alone puts him a cut above most of the repugs today.

  14. nannymm

    Good point.

  15. Rubio and Crist having a face off on Fox at 6.

  16. nannymm

    I can’t handle Fox today. Not in the mood.

  17. dooty

    Lindsy Graham sounds like Crusader Rabbit to me. Don’t know if anyone remembers that cartoon but Graham is a dead ringer for him.

  18. You see nanny, while much of the media attention is now focused on how many seats the Dems will lose (no more than 15 in the house, 3 in the Senate, you heard it here first). But I think the real political story over the next 6 months is who ends up controlling the GOP.

  19. nannymm

    I do remember it, Doots. And you’re spot on.

  20. nannymm

    I certainly hope you’re right about the Dem losses in November. As to who ends up controlling the Rethug party, it should be most interesting to watch. I suspect that it will be a very nasty/messy battle for control. Hopefully, that battle will further weaken the rethugs for November and 2012.
    Personally, I’m considering a donation to that tea bagger candidate in Nevada. If he can split the rethug vote, Harry is likely to be re-elected.

  21. Crist is dead man walking.

  22. Congressman Spit On By Tea Party Protester (VIDEO)

    Cleaver released a statement confirming the incident, but some questioned his claims. Fox News personality Sean Hannity asked if there was any evidence proving that it had actually happened, and Tea Party groups offered a cash reward for proof.

  23. TempeBev

    The tea party members are adults (?) who have not grown mentally past the 1st grade and never learned basic manners. I’m sure their WWJD followers have a ready excuse for their behavior. IMO they need to grow up and develop the ability to see two sides of an issue. They can’t protest the lack of bi-partison when their own party doesn’t vote for anything.

    It just doesn’t impress me to see them bitching and spitting and shooting and name-calling. They are poor images of America – they resemble protesters in third world countries.

  24. What a terrible thing to say about protesters in third world countries!

  25. TempeBev

    If the shoe fits . . . .

  26. nannymm

    Well said, Bev. These tea baggers suffer from arrested development.

  27. TempeBev

    I wish they could be arrested to improve their development!!!!

  28. nannymm

    What Health Care Reform Will Mean to You
    A quick guide for people age 50 and older

    It may be, like many Americans, that you’ve been bewildered—or bored—by the raft of details on health care legislation. But now that the overhaul is the law of the land, you’re probably wondering what the reforms will mean to you and your family.

    Here is a simple guide to the new law for those age 50-plus. Look for your own situation below.

  29. nannymm

    “I wish they could be arrested to improve their development!!!!”

    LMAO! Good one, Bev. Comment of the day IMO. 🙂

  30. tonyb39

    Wow,wtf is CNN thinking?What a pig,its in his dna,now he’s grown up,BS! Lindsey Graham,don’t like him,but ya he’s not as bad as most of the wing nuts! Damn Brian,hope your spot on about November and the Dem loses.As clueless as Dems have been this year,their miles above Republican’s..

  31. TempeBev

    Thank you, Nanny, you made my day!

  32. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Mon, March 29, 2010 — 12:55 AM ET

    Moscow Subway Explosion Kills at Least 20

    A huge explosion during rush hour in a subway station in
    central Moscow on Monday morning killed more than 20 people,
    officials said.

    The cause of the blast was not immediately clear, but it
    raised fears of a renewal of terrorism in Moscow. The subway
    system, one of the world’s most extensive, had been subjected
    to attacks related to the separatist war in Chechnya in the
    early part of the last decade.

    Officials said the explosion occurred at 7:50 a.m. in the
    Lubyanka subway station, killing people both on the platform
    and in an incoming train. Numerous others were injured.

    Apparently there has been a second explosion.

  33. Kathy

    Hi all-this is a great first person report about the tea parties too-

  34. Morning peeps, long time no see Kathy

  35. doots, I’ll see your Hannity gate and raise you a Steele-gate:

    Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

  36. dooty

    yeah I saw that. One time in the El Paso area I was listening to a talk show while driving over the state line into New Mexico. The story this guy was going on about was that the Indian Casino had an American Express card bill for the last month of like $25,000. Most all of the card charges were at a machine in the lobby of a strip club on the outskirts of El Paso. The talkshow host could not understand how one could “entertain” clients that much in a month. The Red Parrot was the name of the club. It was a well known “secret” that the club’s VIP area was a whore house. I have to say that I had a great laugh over that. There are a lot of working prostitutes in El Paso that used to work in Juarez, Mexico.

  37. nannymm

    Hey, Doots, I’ll bet the money is better in El Paso and it’s a helluva lot safe, too.

  38. dooty

    nanny I wouldn’t know about that. El Paso is only as safe as you want it to be. There are a couple of places IN EL PASO where the I 10 runs right along the river and the next land is Mexico. NO FENCE at least last time I was there no fence had been built. There have been Mexican thugs that have staged car break downs and try to get someone to stop to help and then they rob or kidnap them. Best not to stop.

  39. Did anyone just see that sign being carried by a teabagger being shown on Tweety’s show?

    “Obama takes his orders from the Rothschilds”

  40. nannymm

    Hmmm, last time I was in El Paso was 4yrs ago. Things really have changed.

    • dnd

      The Teabagger Express comes to Colorado on Wednesday. First to Grand Junction which is about 250mi west of Denver, then Denver. I’m not sure I get this. Grand Junction is in Colorado’s 3rd CD. It covers most of western Colorado, and south-central Colorado. They’re pretty purple. Their representative from ’93-05 was right-wing nut Scott McInnis. Since then it’s been represented by Democrat John Salazar (DOI head and formerly U.S. Senator Ken Salazar’s brother). Salazar has won by huge margins each time he’s won. Denver is solidly blue. No way long-serving Rep. Dianna DeGette will be unseated.

      They may want to promote McInnis, since he’s in the race for Governor this year, though that doesn’t make sense since they want to vote everybody out, and one would assume that includes former DC insiders like McInnis.

      They may want to oust U.S. Sen. Bennett, but that doesn’t make any sense, as 1) he’s only been there two years (took over for Ken Salazar) plus his campaign ads are about how broken DC is, and 2) Democrats haven’t picked their candidate yet.

      They may want to oust Rep. Marilyn Markey, (D- 4th CD), but they aren’t stopping anywhere in the 4th CD, which covers all of eastern Colorado and north-central Colorado.

      So I’m not sure why they’re stopping where they are, but as John Prine sang “It don’t make much sense that common sense don’t make no sense no more.” (Insert Palin’s “common sense conservatives” for “common sense.”)

  41. dog's eye view

    Shame on CNN for employing Erickson. Not a problem for me, though, because I never watch it at all any more.

    And have a lot of company. Just up on NYTimes:

    CNN Fails to Stop Fall in Ratings

    CNN continued what has become a precipitous decline in ratings for its prime-time programs in the first quarter of 2010, with its main hosts losing almost half their viewers in a year.

    I wonder how CNN would fare if they tried to be BBC America Lite, vs. Fox News Lite.

    Might be expensive, though, to have actual, you know, journalists as opposed to opinion pundits.

  42. tonyb39

    Interesting post regarding CNN’s rating’s.You might be on to something, we need more real journalists,opinion pundits are a dime a dozen..

  43. tonyb39

    “Shame on John McCain”

    “For the embattled Arizona legend, Sarah Palin’s campaign rally for him was a new low.

    I am not sure who must have felt worse—John or Cindy McCain—when Sarah Palin bounded onstage in Tucson last Friday, wearing that fetching black leather dominatrix jacket to deliver a hair-swinging, wink-winking pep talk, and revving up the Tea-baggers who came to see her not him. It was a sweet moment for Sarah. McCain’s 2008 election team—those “old school” losers, as she doubtless thinks of them—have trashed her ever since they lost.”

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