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.
Following the revelation that Andrew Breitbart's smear of Shirley Sherrod was based on heavily edited video footage that took her out of context, certain right-wing media figures have rushed to his defense. Some have asserted that Breitbart does not need to apologize for smearing an innocent woman, and some have absurdly continued to accuse Sherrod of racism or extremism.
From the July 20 edition of CNN's John King, USA:
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From RedState co-founder Joshua Trevino's Twitter feed, accessed July 20:
Another day, another right-wing media freak out. Today, the right is in a tizzy over a Daily Caller exclusive scoop that "documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright." Except, of course, their "documents" show no such thing.
The Daily Caller purports to have obtained copies of emails from the "Journolist" listserv, which they report is "comprised of several hundred liberal journalists, as well as like-minded professors and activists." Their big, breaking story exposes that some liberal journalists and a professor were outraged by an April 2008 Democratic Presidential primary debate -- a debate that was widely criticized as being "specious and gossipy." As you may recall, during that debate Obama was asked questions such as, "Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?"; "How do you convince Democrats" that not wearing an American flag lapel pin "would not be a vulnerability?"; and "Can you explain" your "relationship" with Bill Ayers, a question that was literally suggested to moderator George Stephanopoulos by right-wing radio hosts.
The debate was, in a word, ridiculous. And numerous media figures agreed. The Daily Caller highlights portions of the purported Journolist emails which showed several participants discussing how best to frame and word an open letter to ABC News condemning the debate. Each of the media figures mentioned in the Daily Caller report was an opinion columnist or a blogger. Hardly the stuff of a mainstream media conspiracy, though the Caller desperately tried to paint it as such. They specifically said that journalists from Time and Politico were involved in the discussion, but the article provides absolutely no evidence to back this up.
So, yes, it appears that the big scandal is that liberal journalists and professors talked to each other about how to frame a publically released letter to ABC News. Stop the presses!
Expanding on the stupidity of the Daily Caller report is the fact that many of these same journalists were very clear and very open about their displeasure with the ABC news debate at the time.
From the July 19 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe:
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In a July 13 blog post, "King Samir Shabazz Should Be 2010's Willie Horton," CNN contributor and RedState.com editor-in-chief Erick Erickson wrote of the manufactured scandal over the Justice Department's handling of the New Black Panther Party case: "Republican candidates nationwide should seize on this issue. The Democrats are giving a pass to radicals who advocate killing white kids in the name of racial justice and who try to block voters from the polls."
Erickson added: "The Democrats will scream racism. Let them. Republicans are not going to pick up significant black support anyway." From Erickson's post:
Had Horton been white, the Republicans still would have used the ad. But Horton was black and the ad was powerfully effective -- so effective that it and Dukakis's stupid answer about opposing the death penalty even if his wife were murdered destroyed the Democrats in 1988 -- the Democrats screamed racism at the top of their lungs and their accomplices in the media have forever agreed. Willie Horton = racism.
Nonsense. The ad worked. It was powerful. It was the truth. That's why the Democrats screamed racism so loud. It was the only way to stop the GOP from going this direction again. They know the GOP lives in perpetual quixotic quest for the day it gets a significant share of the black vote.
Now we have King Samir Shabazz. He showed up at a polling location in Pennsylvania and intimidated voters going into the polls. The Justice Department pursued the case and, having received a verdict it the government's favor, Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder stopped pursuing the New Black Panthers.
Video has subsequently come out of King Samir Shabazz encouraging the murder of white children.
Republican candidates nationwide should seize on this issue. The Democrats are giving a pass to radicals who advocate killing white kids in the name of racial justice and who try to block voters from the polls.
The Democrats will scream racism. Let them. Republicans are not going to pick up significant black support anyway. But here's the thing: everyone but the Democrats will understand this is not racism. This isn't even about race. This is about the judgment of an administration that would rather prosecute Arizona for doing what the feds won't do than prosecuting violent thugs who would deny you and me the right to vote while killing our kids.
Erickson's employer, CNN, notes that the Willie Horton ad "played to racial fears and portrayed Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis as soft on crime."
From the July 12 edition of CNN's John King, USA:
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The right-wing media responded to news that President Obama intends to use a recess appointment to install Donald Berwick as head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The attacks rely on distortions of Berwick's past statements about the U.S. and U.K. health care systems and on manufactured outrage about recess appointments, which are a common practice.
This evening, the White House announced that President Obama is responding to the efforts of Republicans in Congress to "stall the nomination" of Dr. Donald Berwick, his nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by using a recess appointment to install Berwick without Senate confirmation.
Wasting no time (and no doubt foreshadowing a wave of attacks), CNN contributor and RedState managing editor Erick Erickson quickly went on the attack, claiming that Berwick "openly wants to destroy the American medicare system."
Erickson's evidence? Well, Berwick at one point stated that "Excellent health care is by definition redistributional." Of course, health programs like Medicare and Medicaid actually are explicitly redistributional (and incredibly popular); they redistribute wealth from those who can afford health care to those who can't.
Moreover, even conservative commentator Laura Ingraham has acknowledged that Berwick's comment is "right," telling Bill O'Reilly, "you and I are both in favor of there being a safety net where people don't go untreated, where people who need help get help. Obviously to pay for those people, it's obviously going to involve taxes and taxes come from people who make a living and make income."
Erickson also criticizes Berwick for having "declared the United States should be more like Britain, where some people die waiting in line for medical treatment." As opposed, I suppose, to the tens of thousands who die every year in the U.S. because they lack health insurance.
Erickson doesn't limit his deceitful smears to Berwick; in setting up his attack, Erickson pushes a long-debunked smear of conservative bête noire Kevin Jennings.
From CNN contributor and RedState.com editor-in-chief Erick Erickson's Twitter account: