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Media Matters unloads on CNN hire (Erick Erickson)
Politico ^ | March 16, 2010 | Andy Barr

Posted on 03/16/2010 7:05:17 PM PDT by neverdem

The liberal media watchdog group Media Matters is fuming over CNN’s hiring of conservative RedState blogger Erick Erickson.

In a document provided POLITICO that Media Matters plans to post on its blog Tuesday, the group accuses Erickson of having a “long history of incendiary, sexist and racially charged statements.”

“If you need any further proof that the liberal media bias is a myth, CNN just hired someone who called David Souter a goat——ing child molester,” Media Matters Vice President of Research and Communication Ari Rabin-Havt told POLITICO.

The document includes many other profane Erickson statements, including the vulgar phrase highlighted about the former Supreme Court justice by Rabin-Havt.

The document cites 10 statements by the RedState founder that Media Matters says are guilty of invoking violence against progressives or are sexist or racist.

Among Erickson’s controversial comments is his assertion the Republican Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate race because the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) wanted to die a “martyr for the cause” of health care.

Additionally, the liberal group points out that Erickson defended Fox News host Glenn Beck’s calling President Barack Obama a “racist” and declared that first lady Michelle Obama was a “Marxist harpy wife.”

Noting the Nobel Peace Prize won by the president, Erickson wrote on RedState: “I did not realize the Nobel Peace Prize had an affirmative action quota.”

In a statement, CNN Political Director Sam Feist called Erickson a “perfect fit” for the network’s new show “John King USA” that debuts Monday.

“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,” Feist said. “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.”

Erickson explained on RedState that CNN “made an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

“I’m very excited by the opportunity,” he wrote. “Thanks for the prayers and well wishes. This is the path God put me on, and it was totally unexpected, but I go where the good Lord leads.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 527groups; cnn; dirtytrickromney; erickerickson; erickson; georgesoros; mediamatters; operationleper; pravdamedia; romney; romneyagain; romneyantigop; romneyantipalin; romneyattacks; romneycoverup; saulalinsky; soros

1 posted on 03/16/2010 7:05:17 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

He’s a rabid afterBirther. Bark away on CNN, Ericka.


2 posted on 03/16/2010 7:07:24 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: neverdem

Racist, sexist, xenophobe, yawn. Mediamatters.soros can do better than that.

Pray for America


3 posted on 03/16/2010 7:11:17 PM PDT by bray (Throw All the Bums Out, starting with McCain)
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To: neverdem
he will add an important voice to CNN’s ideologically diverse group of political contributors

Say what?

4 posted on 03/16/2010 7:11:44 PM PDT by lonestar (Better Obama picks his nose than our pockets!)
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To: neverdem

Well, if Media Mothers doesn’t like him he must be OK.


5 posted on 03/16/2010 7:12:53 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Alfred E. Neuman for President! Oh, wait a minute ...)
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To: neverdem
"CNN just hired someone who called David Souter a goat——ing child molester,” Media "

I don't believe I've ever seen a "goat-ing child molester". But, in absolute fairness to Erickson, I have to imagine that if I did, they'd look remarkably similar to David Souter.

It's an easy mistake for Erik to make.

6 posted on 03/16/2010 7:16:20 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: neverdem; Jim Robinson; ConjunctionJunction; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; ...
FReepers: There are many layers of Romney dirty tricks here.
Like an onion. Thoughts?

"Erick Erickson, who organized Operation Leper, said:
"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off
….hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney.""


Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers…
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide…
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."


The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"I’m told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palin’s people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romney’s former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
… aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.
Erick Erickson, who organized Operation Leper, said:
"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off
….hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."


"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the “Diva” leak was Nicolle Wallace’s husband."


"Frum was indeed a critic of Palin, calling her nomination a "huge mistake" during an October 13 (2008, weeks before the election) Early Show appearance."


David Frum: "Two of our most plausible candidates for president in 2012 are leading Mormons: Mitt Romney and Utah governor Jon Huntsman."


David Frum: "I have a lot of regard for Mitt Romney as a man and politician… I will support him without qualm."


Kathleen Parker: "[I]t is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem." "Parker ... says something publicly that many of us have thought privately
but lacked the courage to say out loud - Palin should step down:"


"Kathleen Parker: After Interviews, Palin Should Bow Out"


Kathleen Parker: "Romney would bring more than squeaky clean qualifications
and youthful good looks to the ticket.
Romney would seem a logical choice."


"Parker: Romney raised bar on freedoms"
Kathleen Parker: "If Kennedy's speech was an important landmark in American political history,
Romney's was surpassing. With heartfelt humility and poetic eloquence,
he tracked the nation's struggle with and for freedom."


Staggering bigotry of Kathleen Parker - UPDATED"


"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"



7 posted on 03/16/2010 7:18:17 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: neverdem
"President Barack Obama a “racist” and declared that first lady Michelle Obama was a “Marxist harpy wife"

You mean Barack "typical white person" Obama, and Michelle "for the first time in my life, I'm proud of my country" Obama.

I can't imagine why anyone would call one a racist, and the other "harpy". On second thought, perhaps I can think of a couple reasons.

8 posted on 03/16/2010 7:19:01 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: neverdem
The document cites 10 statements by the RedState founder that Media Matters says are guilty of invoking violence against progressives or are sexist or racist

Only 10 anti-progressive statements? Heck, Keith Olberman makes 20 vicious, incendiary anti-conservative attacks per night, and he is still anchor on MSNBC. The Soros funded "Media Maters” might have a word with MSNBC about that. Oh wait..

9 posted on 03/16/2010 7:20:06 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: neverdem
Brock’s just upset because nobody offered him a CNN gig.
10 posted on 03/16/2010 7:26:55 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: pissant

You don’t realize how you marginalize yourself. Yeah people will make birth jokes, but anyone carrying a chip on their shoulders about it is written off. I write you off. You don’t show very good judgment to ruin your own credibility by persisting with such fervor about a BC, which will never change anything. Eric had the good sense to draw a great big fat line in the sand to PROTECT his credibility.
I hope “offer he couldn’t refuse” means a ton of money.


11 posted on 03/16/2010 7:26:58 PM PDT by libbylu ( Palin begins from Wasilla not only a campaign, an Iditarod of a crusade ....YEAH!)
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To: libbylu

If you are going to compare birthers to truthers like Ericka did, then you are beyond imbecilic.


12 posted on 03/16/2010 7:29:20 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: neverdem
Is Media Matters still getting all of their funding from Soros and the dnc?

Just wonder'n...

5.56mm

13 posted on 03/16/2010 7:33:43 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: RichInOC

Actually, Brock’s upset that EE pointed out that Souter’s horning in on Brock’s racket.


14 posted on 03/16/2010 7:33:45 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: neverdem
Interesting. CNN is losing market share quicker than Obama is losing approval ratings. Perhaps CNN is trying to win back some Fox viewers with a few conservatives in their line up. Meida matters probably could care less about criticizing a specific conservative analyst. This is a warning shot over the bow of CNN.

Pass the popcorn please!

15 posted on 03/16/2010 7:33:46 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: neverdem

Gay fascist smear group = media matters


16 posted on 03/16/2010 7:34:00 PM PDT by Dengar01
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To: Diogenesis

What does this thread have to do with Romney?


17 posted on 03/16/2010 7:34:17 PM PDT by 999replies (Thune/Rubio 2012)
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To: neverdem

Isn’t David Brock the homo who made his career by making shite up?


18 posted on 03/16/2010 7:34:48 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (I don't look for leaders. I follow my own path, my way.)
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To: 999replies

Redstate and Hot Air and the rest are in the tank for Romney and hate Palin.


19 posted on 03/16/2010 7:37:11 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: neverdem
Additionally, the liberal group points out that Erickson defended Fox News host Glenn Beck’s calling President Barack Obama a “racist” and declared that first lady Michelle Obama was a “Marxist harpy wife.”

Truth should be an absolute defense in this situation.

20 posted on 03/16/2010 7:50:15 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: Darren McCarty
Isn’t David Brock the homo who made his career by making shite up?

IIRC, he dug up some dirt on the Clintons for the American Spectator in the early 1990s. Some years after that, I'm not sure exactly, he came out of the closet and went over to the dark side.

21 posted on 03/16/2010 8:03:45 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Stosh

Brock likes goats?


22 posted on 03/16/2010 8:40:58 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: lonestar

I’d believe that CNN was looking for intellectual diversity if they’d give him airtime on CNN Europe.


23 posted on 03/16/2010 8:47:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: neverdem

Another Politoco piece of krap article. The commiecrats would love to get the citizens journalists all stired up and fighting amongst themselves. They certainly loved it when the Tea Party groups had a little falling out...they tried to get some dirt on it but I didn’t see where they found any.

As far as Ericson goes, I like some of his stuff, and don’t like some of his stuff and have called him on it...especially the ‘birther’ business. But he does have lots of good participants there. I’ve always suspected that Ericson had an agenda, and we’ll now see what his agenda really is.

As for Mitt Romney, he’s not only an elitist, he calls himself a ‘moderate’ and I don’t trust anybody who makes that claim. Either you have conservative principles and values or you don’t. We don’t need anymore elitists to join the DC club.


24 posted on 03/16/2010 9:10:17 PM PDT by RowdyFFC (The opinion of a wise Welshtino woman...)
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To: Diogenesis

When I see that picture, I smell cheap cigar smoke and hear, “Hi. I’m Earl Scheib. And I’ll paint ANY car for just $99.95”

Here’s to another Romney shellacking in the 2012 race.


25 posted on 03/17/2010 12:07:18 AM PDT by HKMk23 (Lost... Lost... All lost... [ref. "Hook"])
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To: Brimack34

“Redstate and Hot Air and the rest are in the tank for Romney and hate Palin.”

Ed Morrisey is not really a Romney guy and is pretty fair to Sarah. Allahpundit? Not so much.


26 posted on 03/17/2010 12:21:50 AM PDT by princeofdarkness ("Obama Lied. Liberty, Morality, and Prosperity Died.")
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To: neverdem
CNN just hired someone who called David Souter a goat——ing child molester,” Media Matters Vice President of Research and Communication Ari Rabin-Havt told POLITICO.

Worked for Harry Reid:

Ari

Beck compared Ari to a Hobbit and that led to charges of you know what.

27 posted on 03/17/2010 12:35:57 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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