Mercury Rising 鳯女

Politics, life, and other things that matter

Archive for March 16th, 2010

Replacing sensationalism with nasty: CNN’s race to the bottom

Posted by Charles II on March 16, 2010

CNN has just made a brilliant hire. Erick Erickson.

No, really.

Look what a wonderful talent he has:

Well, he’s a racist who declared that Barack Obama won the Nobel Prize because of “affirmative action quotas” (Think Progress, 10/9/09). He’s a misogynist who suggested that “feminazis were enraged” by an anti-abortion Super Bowl ad because “that’s what being too ugly to get a date does to your brain.” He urged that “ugly feminists return to their kitchens” (Media Matters, 2/8/10). He’s a homophobe who asserted that “the full gay rights agenda” means that “men and boys can have sexual relationships free of prudish moral people frowning” (Media Matters, 10/9/09).

He’s an all-around nasty human being who, upon Justice David Souter’s retirement, called him “the only goat-f[edited]ing child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court” (Crooks and Liars, 5/1/09). He declared that White House spokesperson Linda Douglass “really is the Joseph Goebbels of the White House healthcare shop” (TPM, 10/12/09). Meanwhile, he suggested that Obama might be worse than Hitler, writing, “Does it say more about the IOC or Obama that the IOC gave Hitler the Olympics, but not Obama?”

As if that weren’t enough, he’s also an advocate of political violence (Yglesias, 4/1/09):

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?

At some point soon, it will happen. It’ll be over an innocuous issue. But the rage is building. It’s not a partisan issue…. Were I in Washington state, I’d be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation.

(Note that the tyranny to which he was calling for armed resistance involved regulation of dishwashing soap.)

If Erickson is not beyond the pale, then CNN has no pale.

The good news is that CNN is steadily losing viewership. The bad news is that FOX seems to be the beneficiary.

Posted in Media machine, mediawhores, rightwing moral cripples | 8 Comments »

On Keeping One’s Word

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 16, 2010

Here and here.

We’re talking about people who represent extremely safe Democratic districts. This should be a no-brainer for them.

Posted in 2010, health care | 2 Comments »

%d bloggers like this: