CNN contributor Erick Erickson, who once promised that he would ban birthers from his RedState blog, announced today that he would guest-host longtime birther G. Gordon Liddy's radio show. Erickson, who later seemingly reneged on this pledge, took to his Twitter account to make his announcement:
In a February post, Erickson equated birthers with 9-11 truther conspiracy theorists and was specific about his position on not letting them post at RedState:
If you think 9/11 was an inside job or you really want to debate whether or not Barack Obama is an American citizen eligible to be President, RedState is not a place for you.
Birfers and Truthers are not welcome here. Period. End of Story.
He also wrote, "The tea party movement is in danger of getting a bad reputation for allowing birfers and truthers to share the stage."
One must wonder how he can reconcile his concern that birthers are damaging the reputation of tea partiers with guest-hosting G. Gordon Liddy's radio show, given Liddy's long history of supporting and repeating birther allegations against President Obama.
Despite vowing to report both sides of the story "and let you decide," Fox & Friends' coverage of the GOP "Pledge to America" consisted almost entirely of conservatives who love the pledge and Republicans who want to promote it. However, Fox ignored that several conservatives have panned the "Pledge to America."
In a September 22 RedState post, blogger and CNN contributor Erick Erickson referred to the House Republican's recently unveiled legislative agenda for the next Congress -- a "Pledge for America" -- as a series of "compromises and milquetoast rhetorical flourishes in search of unanimity among House Republicans because the House GOP does not have the fortitude to lead boldly in opposition to Barack Obama":
A+ Rhetoric. C- Ideas.
The House Republicans' "Pledge to America" is out. A thrill will run up the leg of a few Chris Matthews' types on the right. As Dan noted on Twitter, the Contract with America was 869 words and this is 21 pages. The Contract told you everything you needed to know about how a Republican Congress would be different from a Democrat Congress after 40 years of Democrat control.
These 21 pages tell you lots of things, some contradictory things, but mostly this: it is a serious [sic] of compromises and milquetoast rhetorical flourishes in search of unanimity among House Republicans because the House GOP does not have the fortitude to lead boldly in opposition to Barack Obama.
I have one message for John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and the House GOP Leadership: If they do not want to use the GOP to lead, I would like to borrow it for a time.
The entirety of this Promise is laughable. Why? It is an illusion that fixates on stuff the GOP already should be doing while not daring to touch on stuff that will have any meaningful longterm effects on the size and scope of the federal government.
This document proves the GOP is more focused on the acquisition of power than the advocacy of long term sound public policy. All the good stuff in it is stuff we expect them to do. What is not in it is more than a little telling that the House GOP has not learned much of anything from 2006.
I will vote Republican in November of 2010. But I will not carry their stagnant water.
From the September 16 edition of CNN's John King USA:
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From the September 15 edition of CNN's John King USA:
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Right-wing media figures are attacking Fox News' Karl Rove for "trashing" Christine O'Donnell after her victory in the Delaware GOP Senate primary, stating that his comments were "disgraceful" and that Rove "came across as an effete sore loser."
From a September 9 Redstate.com post:
As You Wake Up This Morning
Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
Thursday, September 9th at 5:00AM EDT
Consider these points:
(3) All the people rushing to embrace the Ground Zero Mosque because of the Imam's constitutional right sure are running just as quickly to shut down the moron pastor in Florida intent on burning korans. What's good for the goose . . .
From the September 2 edition of CNN's John King, USA:
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The right-wing media is "giddy" over the possibility of winning a Republican majority in Congress in order to shut down the government. The shutdowns cost the government at least $800 million, furloughed over a million workers, delayed veterans benefits, shut down federally funded research, and suspended certain law enforcement activities, among other things.
From Erick Erickson's twitter page:
When CNN hired RedState honcho Erick Erickson earlier this year the cable network faced a wave of criticism for making him a contributor despite his long history of hateful commentary.
Among other things, Erickson once took to Twitter calling then-Supreme Court Justice David Souter a "goat fucking child molester."
As controversy over his hiring mounted, Erickson made his way to CNN's Reliable Sources for an interview with Howard Kurtz. During the interview the right-wing blogger claimed that he had "grown up" since making that and other hateful and incendiary comments.
Of course he hasn't "grown up." And today was no exception.
Erickson is back to likening public figures to child molesters on his Twitter account, this time targeting Florida Governor Charlie Crist:
So where do the two links take people following Erickson's Twitter ramblings?
Here is the image of Rubio's truck:
And here is the image of Crist's (according to Erickson):
How proud CNN must be with Erickson.
If this isn't "grown up" I don't know what is -- though I have a sneaking suspicion Erickson doesn't know either.
In their escalating attacks on an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan, conservatives in the media have resorted to using ridiculous analogies to claim that the center would somehow be offensive.
Conservative media figures have used extreme and violent rhetoric to drum up support for the GOP in the midterm elections and have warned of the consequences of continued Democratic majorities in Congress.
Conservative media have pushed the dubious claim that the Bush tax cuts were responsible for economic recovery. In fact, economists have stated that the Bush administration's tax policies failed to make the economy grow faster and contributed to a decline in median household income.
Right-wing media have repeatedly compared First Lady Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette, the eighteenth century queen who was executed during the French Revolution.