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NY Times Blesses Erick Son of Erick

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Sheila Dewan worked hard but was finally able to find nice things to say about Erick, Son of Erick.

In his seven weeks as one of CNN’s newest contributors, Erick Erickson has made scarcely more than a dozen appearances on the network.

But his (Erickson’s) every utterance — every Twitter message, blog post and radio rant — has been parsed with the rigor usually reserved for a Supreme Court nominee.

Liberal detractors have obsessively cataloged his right-wing rhetorical excesses, from calling Michelle Obama a “Marxist harpy” to a flip accusation that the former Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter molested children and animals. Even the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, criticized Mr. Erickson for suggesting that he would threaten a census worker, saying the comment “should concern CNN.” The Boston Globe protested what it called “one more screamer on cable.”

What critics have not noted is that Mr. Erickson, the editor of the influential conservative blog RedState, is as hard on many Republicans and conservatives as he is on Democrats. He has accused Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, of playing the race card; suggested that RedState readers send toy balls to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, during budget negotiations; and, of late, begun exhorting Tea Party followers (he considers himself one) to move beyond protests and get involved in the nitty-gritty of precinct-level politics.

Well, Dewan left out some stuff too. Here;s Nick McLellan at Think Progress:

The selection of Erickson as a regular commentator raises the question of whether CNN is willing to sanction his record of offensive comments. In just the past year, Erickson has made several racial and violent statements that cast a poor light on his role as a “conservative opinion leader”:

– Erickson applauded protesters who descended on Capitol Hill Nov. 5, 2009, to, as he characterized, “send Obama to a death panel.” He later edited the post and changed the reference to Obamacare. [11/5/09]

– Erickson called White House Health Care Communications Director Linda Douglass “the Joseph Goebbels of the White House Health Care shop.” [10/12/09]

– Weighing in on Justice David Souter’s retirement from the Supreme Court: “The nation loses the only goat f**king child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court…” [4/30/09]

– Responding to the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s selection of President Barack Obama to receive the 2009 Peace Prize, Erickson tweeted: “I did not realize the Nobel Committee had affirmative action quotas it had to meet.” [10/9/09]

– Reacting to a proposed Washington state regulation on dish soap aimed at easing water pollution: “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?” [3/31/09]

But hey, it’s a free country. If CNN wants to squander its credibility by hiring Erickson, and if the Times wants to join them, let them.

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May 12th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Health Care: Mayor Bloomberg Gets It

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Just saw Bloomberg of NY on CNN interviewed by Ed Henry and responding to Prez Elect’s economic stimulus speech. It was pretty non-controversial stuff – sped money on city infrastructure, fix SS, etc. blah, blah – but something he said was music to my ears.

I am without a transcript or video, but what I heard was Hizzoner saying that something needs to be done about health care and health insurance because European countries spend 2k or 3k less per capita on health care than the U.S. and yet their life expectancy and other outcomes are improving while ours are declining (again, I am paraphrasing).

This is not the only argument in favor of universal health care, preferably of a single payer variety, but it is one of the strongest. It has the virtue being a pragmatic argument, and what red blooded American does not like pragmatic arguments. Yes, neo-con Republicans, I know, but they are discredited losers.

The good news here is that this statement of fact is becoming more widely distributed and on its way to being one of those things that “everybody knows’, aka conventional wisdom.

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January 8th, 2009 at 11:45 am

Gaga over Gupta? Not Me

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It seems I am not the only one who would question Gupta’s appropriateness as a spokesman for the Obama administration’s future health care reforms.

Remember when Sicko came out? Gupta was right there with the Know Nothings, or Republicans as they call themselves.

As my close personal friend Paul Krugman says:

So apparently Obama plans to appoint CNN’s Sanjay Gupta as Surgeon General. I don’t have a problem with Gupta’s qualifications. But I do remember his mugging of Michael Moore over Sicko. You don’t have to like Moore or his film; but Gupta specifically claimed that Moore “fudged his facts”, when the truth was that on every one of the allegedly fudged facts, Moore was actually right and CNN was wrong.

Read the whole thing. I agree with everything Krugman says.

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January 7th, 2009 at 9:45 am