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It just goes to show that there is money in those 5 million people who spend their time watching cable news. Beck, this guy, they are just Howard Stern on politics, big money.

Yeah, that's about right.

What's the over/under on the number of comments on this thread before we get some variation on "Olbermann's just as bad"?

I'll take the under at 5.

because Olbermann's just as bad.

Shoot, I'm surprised we haven't heard it yet. Maybe Brett is offline?

Well, there goes that. Marty, do you have any evidence, or is this another "gut feeling" type thingy?

I don't watch Keith all the time, and I know that he can go overboard at times, but I'd like to actually read the quotes that compare with Ericksons if you have them. Otherwise, you might want to be a bit more circumspect about comparing Keith to Erickson.

I mean, Erickson said some pretty vile things.

BTW, I would have no idea if Olbermann is good or bad, I was just wanting to win the under.

And perhaps my personal favorite was the time, just last year, when Erickson was angry about new environmental regulations relating to dishwasher detergent. He told his readers, "At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell?

My favorite, too, since a genesis of this was local; a big chunk of the salmon run was being harmed by detergent pollution--that's just a billion dollar industry there...

Damn you Marty!!!!!

;)

OK, I retract it all (my comment that is). I was got.

Moe Lane quit Redstate yesterday because of Erickson's cracker hate act, saying "I just can't do this anymore."

Moe was even more upset than when he took collected the kitty's bullets and left Obsidian Wings to pout.

I'm not a fan of Olbermann – remember when his "Special Comments" were supposed to be only rare occurences? He definitely can go overboard and be very one-sided.

But Beck, or this Erickson guy, they seem to be either hucksters (Glenn Beck might be the greatest comedian who ever lived) or they're crazy. That kind of hateful vitriol... I don't think Olbermann compares.

So Erickson spent time in Dubai?

That's quite an al Qaeda through-point for money.

Also goat smuggling for those given to goat-effing.

Does the Macon City Council, the Republican Party, and CNN really know who this guy is?

Moe Lane quit Redstate yesterday because of Erickson's cracker hate act, saying "I just can't do this anymore."

Oh, boo hoo. Moe Lane never did anything to discourage that kind of behavior from editors, contributors or commentors, and did everything he could over the last 8 years to fan the flames. He's a despicable person.

Oh, boo hoo. Moe Lane never did anything to discourage that kind of behavior from editors, contributors or commentors, and did everything he could over the last 8 years to fan the flames. He's a despicable person.

Actually, Thullen was being facetious, as is his wont. In fact, Lane is pleased as punch that CNN has big-upped his buddy. Lane also gives mad props erstwhile white supremecist Robert Stacy McCain (writing in the always moderate American Spectator) to vainly attempt an asinine (and, ultimately, incoherent) tu quoque about Eason f*cking Jordan (yep, it's 2003 till infinity in Outer Wingnuttia).

Yeah. F*ck Moe Lane with Dan Riehl's strap on.

I'm not sure what it is, but there is something about Erickson that makes me want to give him a swirlie. Or maybe a wedgie. Or throw his sneakers over the electric line.

Anything to send him crying home to his mama.

I never went in for that stuff when I was a kid, he just brings it out in me.

Probably says more about me than about him, but there it is.

I hope he enjoys his new gig, it will no doubt do wonders for his brand.

So CNN is the new AAA team for Fox?

I never went in for that stuff when I was a kid, he just brings it out in me.

It's the violence-worship, coming from someone you're certain could never deliver on the deal. 'If they pass this bill, Im going to clean my gun.' Yeah, buddy, that's *all* your going to do. Clean your gun, and write about it on your blog.
The scary thing about the violence-worship is that he'd clearly be a sucker for genuine psychopaths willing to carry out his fantasies of imposing his will on the world.

But yeah, mostly it makes me want to punch him in the mouth.

In the past Erickson had been energetically auditioning for the position of sycophant-in-chief to Rush Limbaugh--

http://www.redstate.com/tsquare/2009/10/14/tonight%E2%80%A6-we-are-all-rush-limbaugh/

so I suppose landing the CNN gig is something of a consolation prize for him.

Still, he represents a shining example of how a deficit of talent and brains is no obstacle in the never-ending quest to gin-up political controversy and--not incidentally--separate fools from their money.

mattb was there a veiled Souls of Mischief allusion in that rant?

Damn you Marty!!!!!

Sheesh, Eric...even I knew Marty was kidding. (Well, maybe more "hoped" than "knew," but still.)

FWIW, I'm no fan of Olbermann either, despite the obvious political affinities -- I just don't like his style. But you'd be hard-pressed to find anything he's said that approaches Erickson's level of mean-spirited ugliness.

I like Rachel more than Keith, but Keith serves a valuable function, and I'm extremely greatful for his decision to come out and do what he did when he did it.

At the time, there was nobody challenging the status quo from the left in television. In fact, he was the one that promoted Rachel and paved the way for her show.

I think he lets his ego get in the way, and sometimes takes things too far (and gets a little too nasty), but ultimately, sheeet. I'm still on the whole appreciative.

Also, I believe Mr. Erickson was the first to call Cindy Sheehan a "[media] whore" for voicing displeasure that her soldier son was killed in Iraq, which really showed a heartening respect for the sacrifices of military families.

Also, his name is "Erick Erickson", which strongly implies that his family tree is a wreath. I'm not sure what that means, but I think CNN needs to investigate.

mattb was there a veiled Souls of Mischief allusion in that rant?

Was hoping you'd catch that. ;)

Also, his name is "Erick Erickson", which strongly implies that his family tree is a wreath. I'm not sure what that means, but I think CNN needs to investigate.

A wreath is kind of like a crescent, sort of. Think about it.

My only reaction is this.

*Facepalm*

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