A couple weeks ago, Georgia blogger and CNN pundit Erick Erickson said being a TV pundit would likely temper his bloggerly predeliction for saying extraordinarily stupid, incendiary shit; like the thing about a Supreme Court Justice fucking goats and molesting children, or the thing about Michelle Obama castrating her husband.
Old habits die hard, it seems.
Last week on a Macon radio show, Erickson "joked" about greeting nosey Census workers at the door with a shotgun.
Quoth the raving:
"This is crazy. What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I'm not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife's shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They're not going on my property. They can't do that. They don't have the legal right, and yet they're trying."
Although Erickson's association with the Most Trusted Name In News hasn't made him "grow up", it has earned him an entirely higher class of haters.
Last week Jon Stewart trashed CNN for hiring Erickson.
Yesterday, the White House got in the act.
During his daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called Erickson a "fool" and said he's talkin' crazy talk.
At this point I wonder, did CNN know what they were getting when they hired him?
It's inexcusable if they did. You can't represent yourself as the sober and trustworthy news channel when you employ someone as self-consciously vitriolic and partisan as Erickson.
An even scarier possibility is that CNN didn't actually realize how much Erickson enjoys slanderous, violent "jokes". That would be inexcusable, too, since all you have to do is Google his name to understand that incitement disguised as humor is his modus operandi.
Either way, CNN needs to address this. Either admit you hired him because he says crazy shit, or fire him for saying crazy shit.
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