CNN has decided to hire Erick Erickson as a political contributor to their upcoming new show, "John King USA". Erickson, an editor at redstate.com, is meant to talk about political issues from a Republican point of view. While CNN should certainly be welcoming diverse political voices on their network, Erickson's history of inflammatory comments are dangerous and inappropriate for a news network.
In the past, Erickson has called women's rights activists Nazis, called Michelle Obama a "Marxist harpy wife," said that President Obama only won his Nobel Peace Prize because of "affirmative action," and called the U.S. Department of Education's Safe Schools Czar "profoundly sick and immoral" beacause of his sexual orientation.
It doesn't stop there. Erickson has called former Supreme Court Justice David Souter a "goat f*cking child molester," and has compared Democratic U.S. Senators to terrorist suicide bombers.
Again, CNN should welcome political voices from all sides of the aisle. But those voices should be rooted in healthy discourse, and not the inflammatory rhetoric that Erick Erickson has made a staple of his career.
Demand CNN pull their offer to Erick Erickson. He's certainly entitled to his own political beliefs, and he's entitled to use the type of rhetoric that's made him famous. But CNN shouldn't be in the business of rewarding this. Tell the network that if they decide to keep Erickson on as a commentator for John King USA, you'll turn the channel.
Erickson's inflammatory rhetoric has easily been some of the most racist, sexist, homophobic, and hyper-partisan of any political figure around. Erickson has called Michelle Obama a "Marxist harpy wife," has called women's rights activists "Nazis," has suggested that Democrats in the U.S. Senate are akin to terrorist suicide bombers, has attacked openly gay figures in the Obama administration, and has even called former Supreme Court Justice David Souter a "child molester."
Is this really the type of contributor CNN wants on its network?
I urge your network to pull their offer to Erick Erickson. His rhetoric does not belong on CNN, which is one of the largest and most trusted news organizations in the world. Erickson's rhetoric is dangerous, and though he's entitled to his own opinion, CNN shouldn't be in the business of rewarding commentators who say such volatile things.
I ask you to reconsider your offer to Erick Erickson. As long as Erickson is scheduled to be a political commentator on John King USA, you can rest assured I'll be turning the channel.
Thanks for your time.