In a Barnum and Bailey world, CNN hires a circus act

When I saw that Erick Erickson, the conservative blogger, founder of Redstate.com and a Macon resident, had been hired as a commentator by CNN, the lyrics of a famous Nat King Cole song came to mind:

“It’s a Barnum and Bailey world,
Just as phony as it can be….”

Increasingly, public life has become a carnival, a circus, a freak show. Admittedly, it has always had those elements — that’s part of what made it interesting. From the days when speakers gave stump speeches from actual stumps, they knew they had to be entertaining and provocative to hold an audience long enough to get their message across. Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine, among many others, knew how to express themselves in ways that brought attention to their cause and to themselves.

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Erick Erickson

But it’s a long way from Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” to Erickson’s description of Supreme Court Justice David Souter as a child molester who engages in sex with goats (although he phrased it much less delicately). Erickson also suggested that President Obama should be sentenced by a death panel and that he got his Nobel through affirmative action. He suggested that voters ought to drag state legislators out of their homes and beat them to a bloody pulp, and defines feminists as women who are too ugly to get a date. His track record of posting unsubstantiated allegations on his blogs also should have been of concern to CNN.

But the critical point is that Erickson wasn’t hired DESPITE those utterances. To the contrary, those utterances got him the job. He is providing what the modern marketplace demands. In that sense, to direct criticism at Erickson is to miss the point: he is not the cause of the illness affecting our public discourse, he is merely a symptom. Political media requires ever-higher levels of conflict, hype and hyperbole to draw eyeballs, and by virtue of personality and intellect, Erickson happens to fit the bill.

That has implications well beyond the mediascape. Moderation and bipartisanship in politics have disappeared in large part because they don’t sell well in the blogs and cable news shows. Politicians who compromise and moderate don’t get air time; what they get instead are shrill condemnations by hired extremists who are given national podiums for their opinions. Those pundits  have emerged as the true “whips” who enforce party discipline and ideological purity and make compromise too politically dangerous.

Of course, that’s not how CNN described it in welcoming Erickson to “the best political team on television:

“Erick’s a perfect fit for John King, USA, because not only is he an agenda-setter whose words are closely watched in Washington, but as a person who still lives in small-town America, Erick is in touch with the very people John hopes to reach,” said Sam Feist, CNN political director and vice president of Washington-based programming.

Some liberals (here and here and here, for example) cite Erickson’s hiring as evidence of a pro-conservative bias in the mainstream media, but I think there’s something deeper going on.

Erickson’s hire by CNN is in a way an insult to conservatives, because it suggests that in CNN’s mind, such behavior and incivility comes with the conservative package. It does not, as demonstrated by people such as William Bennett and George Will, and by younger conservative writers such as Conor Friedersdorf.

Erickson’s hiring reflects the bigotry of low expectations, the concept that if this is going to be a circus we better hire a clown. In fact, his elevation by CNN as a spokesman for the conservative cause and for small-town America ought to cause as much consternation on the right as it has the left, and in some quiet ways I imagine it has.

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There You Go

March 17th, 2010
9:48 am

Jess

March 17th, 2010
9:49 am

Jay, what’s your point?

DirtyDawg

March 17th, 2010
9:53 am

I just wish that CNN would shut their doors here and get the hell out of town. They don’t care about this city…they don’t care about how foolish they’ve become in their blind chase of FauxNews. The once proud news organization has become a laughing stock and frankly I wish they’d just go on back to New York and let us turn the place back into the World of Sid and Marty Croft, or something…anything but them.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2010
9:53 am

If what you write is true, then he has gone beyond his First Amendment rights and should be silenced.

Finn McCool

March 17th, 2010
9:53 am

Those pundits have emerged as the true “whips” who enforce party discipline and ideological purity and make compromise too politically dangerous

Like going against Rush, you will bow and you will kiss his ring.

This guy is worse than Glen (Pass the hankies) Beck

lovelyliz

March 17th, 2010
9:55 am

Does CNN really think turning into Fox News-lite is going to help anything?

TnGelding

March 17th, 2010
9:55 am

DirtyDawg

March 17th, 2010
9:53 am

They have some excellent programming and their coverage of breaking news is supurb. The main difference from Fox is what to focus on.

Outhouse GoKart

March 17th, 2010
9:56 am

Not a bad strategy on CNNs part. Hiring this right wing crazy will, in their eyes, add some crazy debate and talking points to their station, thereby reflecting ALL right wingers and their cumulative craziness.

My take anyway.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2010
9:57 am

Outhouse GoKart

March 17th, 2010
9:56 am

Good point. I hope the contract is easily broken.

NowReally

March 17th, 2010
9:58 am

“the concept that if this is going to be a circus we better hire a clown.”

That is too funny. I will admitt to looking forward to the show, just to see the clown in action.

It’s all about the ratings this guy will bring and excellent marketing.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 17th, 2010
9:58 am

Well, while Bookman’s trying to hornswoggle you with words about how CNN is finally going to hire a good Conservative, Hawaii is about to pass a bill that will let them ignore people that want to get a copy of Obama’s birth certificate. What kind of state is that? I’ll tell you what kind of state it is. It’s a state that don’t have the birth certificate, Kenya has it. They’ve all been bought off by the people that want to keep Obama in the White House and against the law.

And Bookman never said a word about the school that had to cancel its prom because a pair of lesbians wanted to go to it together. This is a awful thing. Next thing you know, they’ll be making us get gay married. And you won’t know nothing about it because Bookman’s in on the silence.

Anyhow, I’m so upset I might could haul the wrong beer to the wrong store today. The world is going to Heck in a Handbasket.

Have a good day everybody.

Gene

March 17th, 2010
10:00 am

We desperately need to start teaching concepts like “How to determine Truth and Validity in the information age”

stands for decibels

March 17th, 2010
10:02 am

I was kinda wondering when you were going to get around to this.

Rita

March 17th, 2010
10:03 am

Maybe Erick Erickson learned how to put Vick’s Vaporub in his eyes to make himself cry on cue like Beck does.

Finn McCool

March 17th, 2010
10:04 am

Redneck Convert, I’m holding out for when they make us get horse married.

neeeeigh

stands for decibels

March 17th, 2010
10:07 am

Erickson’s description of Supreme Court Justice David Souter as a child molester who engages in sex with goats (although he phrased it much less delicately).

In case anyone thinks Jay is exaggerating here: Yes, Erick Son-of-Erick really did do this.

Normal

March 17th, 2010
10:09 am

Well, I don’t watch Fox and I don’t watch CNN. If I want funny, I watch Olbermann. If I want factual, I watch Maddow. If I want news you can’t get here, I watch BBC. The days of “Goodnight, Chet. Goodnight, David” are long gone.

Mick

March 17th, 2010
10:09 am

Cnn used to be a great news organization but I rarely watch it anymore. Fox, msnbc and all three network news, I’ve pretty much ditched them all. I read the hometown newspaper for daily consumption then go online for more sources. Huffingtonpost is a well designed news & entertainment website. I also check out rush’s website every day for a good chuckle and willing suspension of disbelief.

danjonglee

March 17th, 2010
10:09 am

They should have hired a more thoughtful, insightful, inspired person. Someone with a journalism degree. Maybe someone originally from the Northeast or Northeastern education.

Paul

March 17th, 2010
10:10 am

The cable stations and extremists (both sides) are like drug addicts, requiring higher and higher doses or stronger and stronger drugs to get a high. I’m not sure what it’ll take to get them to rehab, but it can’t come soon enough.

In other news, Pres Obama’s appearing on Fox’s evening news show tonight. Sounds like cooler heads have prevailed and the war’s over. What’s it mean? That the straight news program has a huge audience, the White House has looked at viewer demographics and thinks it can sway some viewers (so much for stereotypes repeated here) and they do not yet have the votes to pass health care reform.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Have A Drink On Us, obozo!

March 17th, 2010
10:11 am

I’ll bet CNN’s two viewers don’t even know who he is, just sayin…

Dusty

March 17th, 2010
10:17 am

Glad to see RedNeck here ’cause he’s exactly what Jay suggested about Erickson. Jay thinks that Erickson will be such a crazy and farfetched conservative that many people will be fooled into thinking all conservatives are that way. Now THAT is exactly what RedNeck does. So why not have another one? Most people know a clown when they see, hear or read one.

Jay also seems a bit miffed. Could it be that he would like an invitation to somewhere else also? That someone would be so impressed that they would be on the phone offering a “higher calling” for him?

No worry, Bookman. You will always have the crazy crew of Bookman Bloggers bugging you. That should make you happy. Yes, I said HAPPY!

GoingBroke

March 17th, 2010
10:18 am

on to important topics.. the health care bill is so bad.. not even Obama can get the facts right..

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
10:19 am

Dusty – “Glad to see RedNeck here ’cause he’s exactly what Jay suggested about Erickson”

you do realize there’s just a leeeeeeeeeettle bit of a difference between Jay’s blog and CNN …

stands for decibels

March 17th, 2010
10:19 am

his elevation by CNN as a spokesman for the conservative cause and for small-town America ought to cause as much consternation on the right as it has the left, and in some quiet ways I imagine it has.

To quote Hemingway: “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 17th, 2010
10:20 am

Well, it’s too early for Sister Dusty to be at Burger King for her Whopper so I guess she’s off work today. If I’d of knowed that, I wouldn’t of said nothing.

GoingBroke

March 17th, 2010
10:21 am

Dusty
March 17th, 2010
10:17 am

I think Jay would do great on TV. Would be a lot better than most of whats out there.

stands for decibels

March 17th, 2010
10:22 am

I’m not sure what it’ll take to get them to rehab, but it can’t come soon enough.

The end of what we think of as “Cable TV News” as a viable business model. And that day will come.

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
10:24 am

The whole thing saddens me. I think Jay may be right, by putting this guy on TV, it makes conservatives look bad. That is what CNN wants. I often think of Coulter who is just plain rude to everyone and argues like a child. The conservative world needs more Mike Huckabees. He treats all people with respect regardless of their views.

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
10:26 am

dB – “To quote Hemingway: “Isn’t it pretty to think so?””

I’m sure there are some serious conservatives out there (minority, they may be) who will roll their eyes that THIS is now the voice of conservatism on CNN …

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:26 am

Paul,

“I’m not sure what it’ll take to get them to rehab, but it can’t come soon enough.”

Absinthe.

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Okay, so they get rid of Lou Dobbs, who was one of the very reasons I stopped watching CNN (there were several more than that), and now they are hiring this lunatic? Whoever said ^^^ that their rabid pursuit of chasing Fox News – I agree with that.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – the 24/7 news cycle has ruined this country – I guess that makes me one step away from wondering around in my boxers and bathrobe yelling at kids to get off my lawn!!!

Mick

March 17th, 2010
10:26 am

Politics on tv is mostly equivalent to professional wrestling with good guys and bad guys yelling at each other and following terrible scripts.

godless heathen

March 17th, 2010
10:27 am

MSNBC has Olberman, so why not.

Dusty

March 17th, 2010
10:27 am

Well, RedNeck, I thought you were out driving your beer bottles around. Worse luck. You are right here. Has CNN called yet?

USinUK, you mean there’s a difference in the clowns on Bookman’s blog and those on CNN? Nawww. I don’t think so. They seem a lot alike to me. Do tell us about the differences.

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:28 am

Well, I can’t say that I have totally stopped watching CNN – not just ya’ know, constantly, like I used to, because I haven’t – because I have seen this loon on CNN and he seems all sane on the TV. I’m sure it won’t take him long to go all Dobbs on us.

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
10:29 am

“I often think of Coulter who is just plain rude to everyone and argues like a child”

my favorite Ann Coulter story … she was on BBC flogging her book “Godless” to Jeremy Paxmon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Paxman) on the BBC … he opened the interview, “I’ve only received the first chapter of your book, so tell me: does it get any better” …

… for once in her life, the woman was absolutely gobsmacked.

it was poetry.

AmVet

March 17th, 2010
10:29 am

Remember when the GOP wasn’t COMPLETELY inundated with dangerous incompetents and nutjobs?

Now?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqUa_G1h3pw

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:29 am

And well, hell, it’s a little hyperbolic to say the country is ruined because of the 24/7 news cycle, so I’ll tone that down a bit too and say that it’s ruined journalism and news…….there……..better.

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
10:30 am

“USinUK, you mean there’s a difference in the clowns on Bookman’s blog and those on CNN?”

ahhhh … reading comprehension strikes again …

that’s not what I asked, Ms. Reading is Fundamental. I asked if you understood the difference between a blog and CNN.

you obviously don’t.

thanks for stopping by …

Mick

March 17th, 2010
10:31 am

**Remember when the GOP wasn’t COMPLETELY inundated with dangerous incompetents and nutjobs?**

I think that was during the eisenhower administration.

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
10:32 am

USinUK, don’t get me wrong. I agree with much of what Coulter says. I merely believe she (like Palin) is a poor spokesperson. Coulter is a stain because she is rude and mean. Palin is a stain because she basically has been made to look like fool by the media.

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:32 am

I wish more journalists were like Jeremy Paxman….he actually asks the questions that I want him to ask after someone goes all “Coulter.”

Dusty

March 17th, 2010
10:33 am

Dear Bosch,

Let me be your counselor. Turn off the TV and the radio. You will feel much better and so will the kids in your neighborhood. They like your nice lawn.

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:35 am

BMDPD,

The media didn’t make Palin say the stupid things she said while on the TV, and they don’t make her post the stupid things she says on the Facebook, …..sorry, try again.

Coulter used to date Bill Maher – and I read somewhere that she doesn’t believe half the things she says, she just does it because she knows the rabid right like it and will buy her books…….can’t remember where I read that, but I totally believe it.

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
10:36 am

Mick, AmVet…. Both parties are full of nut jobs. Pelosi may be the number 1 nut job in all of America. (Closely followed by Biden! Who I kind of like by the way (not for his views, he just seems like a nice person)). Pelosi tries to portray herself as nice. At first I thought of her as a misguided grandmother. Now, I realize that she is a crazy old hag.

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:36 am

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:37 am

Dang, that’s one big long link there.

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
10:38 am

BMD – “Palin is a stain because she basically has been made to look like fool by the media”

made to look a fool? they asked her simple questions like “what do you read?” and what Supreme Court decisions did she not agree with (only months after the Supremes took millions of dollars away from the Alaska / Exxon payout) and she couldn’t give an intelligent answer.

the MEDIA didn’t do the job, she did it just fine on her own.

as for Coulter – I agree with Bosch – she plays the right like a flippin’ Strad and laughs all the way to the bank …

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
10:38 am

Bosch, I am not a big Palin supporter. She is not cut out for big politics. She doesn’t think before she speaks. She reacts on emotion. That is not someone you want as a president. She should go no further than Congress.

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
10:39 am

“She should go no further than Congress.”

congress??? criminey, I wouldn’t even want her in the PTA …

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
10:40 am

I would have a hard time voting for Palin, but she would be the lesser of two evils if she ran against BO.

GoingBroke

March 17th, 2010
10:41 am

Breaking News.. Dem Barbara Lee is asking for more money for a Jobs program. Saying the other jobs bill.. was not a jobs bill.. wtf? This brought to you by the people who want to run your healthcare…

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:41 am

BMDPD,

Yeah, what USinUK wrote.

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
10:42 am

USinUK, as an “ELECTED” (meaning people would have to put her there) member of Congress she could do a lot of good, but I would not want her to have the keys to the kingdom. Come on, the Dems have Frankin and Pelosi. How much worse could the GOP do with Palin?

GoingBroke

March 17th, 2010
10:42 am

USinUK
So when someone is asked simple questions and they don’t answer correctly.. does that mean they are not fit or suitable to lead?

stands for decibels

March 17th, 2010
10:43 am

by putting this guy on TV, it makes conservatives look bad. That is what CNN wants.

Eh. I appreciate your sentiment, (and it reflects the point USinUK raised @ 10.26) but what CNN wants is to improve their advertising revenue stream. Whether this latest hire has the desired effect or not remains to be seen.

Also, this might be a good time to point out that CNN is not some autonomous organization, “liberal” or otherwise. It’s a piece of a much larger Time/Warner operation.

Dusty

March 17th, 2010
10:43 am

Dear USinUK

I believe you are discussing CNN & Erickson on this blog. Correct? But you rather discuss Coulter? Off subject ?

Well, suppose we discuss what we want to discuss here without a censor other than Jay unless you are now furnishing security.

And how are politics in the UK these days? Any big news over there where you live?.

Paul

March 17th, 2010
10:43 am

godless

[[MSNBC has Olberman, so why not.]]

’cause his ratings and MSNBC’s ratings are terrible. If you want to succeed, don’t copy from someone who’s losing in the market.

Bosch

[[nd I read somewhere that she doesn’t believe half the things she says, she just does it because she knows the rabid right like it and will buy her books]]

I was watching O’Reilly really criticizing her for her rhetoric (she’d just said something particularly outrageous) and suggesting she knock it off. She just smiled and said “I say that and I’ve sold thousands more books and get booked for more appearances.”

At least she’s honest about that.

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
10:44 am

Dusty, I brought up Coulter.

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:44 am

Going Broke,

Insurance companies drop people from coverage, cancel policies if their costs go too high, and won’t insure people who’ve lost their coverage if they have a pre-existing conditions, have raised their premiums by some estimates of 40% in the past couple years (shall I continue?)…..brought to you by those who DO run your healthcare.

Doggone/GA

March 17th, 2010
10:45 am

“Palin is a stain because she basically has been made to look like fool by the media.”

They made her look like a fool? Sorry, she put it out there for all to see. Can’t blame the media for reporting the truth.

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:47 am

BMPDP,

The GOP have MIchelle Baumann or whatever that idiot’s name is….she’s the same thing: empty bag who uses her looks to hypnotize people into thinking she has a brain larger than an pecan.

Lady Lumps

March 17th, 2010
10:47 am

Based upon the gleam in his eye, I’d say his sexual piccadillos entail a proclivity to hump farm animals and the occasional varmint….looks like a typical closet-weirdo neocon….

Normal

March 17th, 2010
10:47 am

This guy is reading my mind…especially the fourth paragraph…

http://awholebunchofings.blogspot.com/2010/01/no-bullshit-zone.html

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
10:47 am

By the way libs, Hillary would be a much better president than BO. She has something that he doesn’t…………………BALLS!!!!

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
10:47 am

Going – “So when someone is asked simple questions and they don’t answer correctly.. does that mean they are not fit or suitable to lead?”

it depends on the question. when it’s as simple as “what do you read” and they can’t answer, then – NO – they aren’t fit or suitable to lead.

Dusty – “And how are politics in the UK these days? Any big news over there where you live?”

we’re just waiting for the date of the next General Election … and hoping that the Tories don’t blow themselves up in the meantime (talk about a gift for pulling defeat from the jaws of victory)

Dusty

March 17th, 2010
10:49 am

Oh gee, I forgot. This is the morning liberal crew. Now WE are off on Palin. Awwww….let’s discuss Barbarer Boxer. Pelosi is getting even more tiresome to mention. Or maybe the rigor of Rangel or we could drag up Edwards and Gore. I love sunshine in the mornings.

Bosch

March 17th, 2010
10:50 am

Dusty,

WE didn’t bring her up. Now, get off my lawn! :-)

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
10:50 am

Dusty, well put!

Barbara

March 17th, 2010
10:51 am

Hey, CNN has to try something (even if desperate) to get ratings since FOX is absolutely killing them in all aspects! After all, they lost Glenn Beck to FOX, so they need some sort of “fair and balanced” over there at Communist News Network!

stands for decibels

March 17th, 2010
10:51 am

’cause his ratings and MSNBC’s ratings are terrible

So “terrible” they re-upped his contract at $7.5 million per year in Nov. 2008, running through 2012.

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/msnbc-olbermann-renew-contract/

Keith

March 17th, 2010
10:53 am

I think Jay wants his own gig.

Dusty

March 17th, 2010
10:54 am

USinUK,

I saw a news report from a group of British solders fighting in one tough village in Afghanistan. They could hardly move without an IED exploding. They looked tired but undaunted. I love those British!

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
10:56 am

Keith – politics, fishing and music … I’d watch.

Dusty – 10:54 – me, too – and the support for the troops here is outstanding. very inspiring … have you read about the village of Wooten Basset?? if not, check this out:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/5771032/Wootton-Bassett-A-very-British-way-of-mourning.html

Dusty

March 17th, 2010
11:00 am

Bosch,

Did so! Did so! U did so!! Now throw off that bathrobe and come out and play on the lawn

Shawny

March 17th, 2010
11:01 am

If any of your allegations on this fellow are correct, then hiring him is indeed a mistake. First time I have heard of any of these claims, though. I am sure if I watch Olbermann and Maddow, then they are probably slamming him with all of their vim and vigor.

“Some liberals (here and here and here, for example) cite Erickson’s hiring as evidence of a pro-conservative bias in the mainstream media, but I think there’s something deeper going on.”
You are right, there is something else going on. But for those particular liberals that actually believe that there is a pro-conservative bias in the mainstream media, 100% of their credibility has eroded. It is the opposite. Outside of Fox, no one calls out Pelosi and co like they should. No one is willing to touch the pres in any way.

GoingBroke

March 17th, 2010
11:02 am

Bosch..
40%?? wow.. wonder why the did that?

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
11:02 am

Dusty … Bosch … “Did so! Did so! U did so!! Now throw off that bathrobe and come out and play on the lawn”

it’s a little early in the season (not to mention chilly) to be playing in the sprinkler …

NowReally

March 17th, 2010
11:05 am

Sarah Palin in Congress would be like electing one of the “Real Housewives” of any city.

Scout

March 17th, 2010
11:05 am

I haven’t read all these posts and may be repeating someone but CNN is a circus act ………

Circus National News

Hardly anyone even watches it anymore.

Obammy Slammy

March 17th, 2010
11:07 am

I tellin you all. The teleprompter said “Healthcare premiums will decrease by 3000%.”

stands for decibels

March 17th, 2010
11:08 am

FOX is absolutely killing them in all aspects

Really. You have access to CNN’s and FNC’s ad revenues and expense outgoes? On a line-item level? Rupert Murdoch let you have a look at the books, did he?

I kinda think that if CNN were in such dreadful financial shape (as conservatives have been claiming for ages, now) Time Warner would’ve cut their losses by now.

I also imagine that some of the FNC programming isn’t as profitable as its fans imagine. You can draw an audience of three, four, five million or so and that’s fine as far as it goes, but the sad truth is, if they trend old/tightwad, you aren’t going to get top dollar for a 30 second spot there.

AmVet

March 17th, 2010
11:09 am

Yes, CNN is a farce. Especially since they thought the smart thing to do was to become Faux News Lite. First Glenn Beck? And now this dolt?

The more salacious the better selling. The dumber the approach, the more popular.

Both organizations are pro-war, pro-corporatist and pro-crime.

Keep on racing to the bottom boys, that’s where your market is…

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
11:10 am

“Circus National News – Hardly anyone even watches it anymore”

speaking as an ex-pat … when it comes to watching American events (like election night or the inaugural), I’d much rather watch CNN than the BBC … BBC anchors talk over too much and explain too much of the things that Americans would already know … drove me absolutely bat-spit crazy during the Inaugural – they talked over the Marine corps band, fercryingoutloud! that’s just not kosher.

Buzz

March 17th, 2010
11:11 am

Jay’s just disappointed CNN didn’t hire a “good” conservative like David Brooks. You know one of those conservatives who never agrees with conservatives and never supports a conservative position? Those are “good” conservatives in Jay Bookman’s world.

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
11:12 am

I watch CNN and Fox.

Mrs. RepubLady

March 17th, 2010
11:12 am

The godly Mr. Erickson has sold his soul and all that is good and decent to be one of CNN’s lying LIBERAL MEDIA, Sarah hating hacks? What’s next? Dinner and a movie with the Kenyan at taxpayer expense? Wait till Liz hears about this! This is Rahm Emanuels fault, I just know it!

Ray

March 17th, 2010
11:12 am

1. National Inquirer
2. Globe
3. FOX
4. CNN

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
11:15 am

Ray – 11:12 – Alex, what is “name 4 outlets in decending order where Conservatives get their news”

Olbermann's Cold Sore

March 17th, 2010
11:17 am

Bookman’s just upset CNN wouldn’t hire him or Cynthia Tucker.

Mike

March 17th, 2010
11:17 am

Glass houses, Jay. Erickson, Limbaugh and others have said egregious, stupid things, but so have you.

If they’re clowns, you’re in the ring wearing face paint and giant shoes too.

GoingBroke

March 17th, 2010
11:18 am

http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/03/16/cable-news-ratings-for-saturday-sunday-march-13-14-2010/45118#more-45118

You can play around with that link.. see all the different ratings by demo, time, dates, etc.

Hef

March 17th, 2010
11:18 am

Sour Grapes does not look good on you Jay

Hef

March 17th, 2010
11:19 am

Oh and by the way,who watches CNN to even care?

jt

March 17th, 2010
11:19 am

There is NOTHING conservative about Eric Erickson or his anti-welfare pro-warfare state.

The statists may hijack cable stations, but they cannot hijack definitions.

Eric Erickson is a NEO-conservative. (big-government ONLY by uniform.). To claim otherwise is as ridiculous as relying on State-sponsored CNN for news.

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
11:20 am

CNN, while liberal, has less liberal bias than other outlets (with the exception of Fox, of course).

WasteofTV

March 17th, 2010
11:23 am

CNN should change it’s name to LNN, Liberal News Network. They are losing so badly in the ratings, they are going to try anything. Even their sister network, Headline News is beating them, along with MSNBC and The Weather Channel. The slant they are putting on Health Care is ridiculous. Jim Walton must be staying in the White House as a guest a lot.

USinUK

March 17th, 2010
11:23 am

“If they’re clowns, you’re in the ring wearing face paint and giant shoes too.”

woohoo!! I’ll play!!

please cite quotes from Jay that are the equivalent of calling Justice Suiter a goat-fracker … or saying that the Dems would kill Rep Massa … or calling Dodd and Dorgan “health care suicide bombers” …

g’head … we’ll wait …

Obammy Slammy

March 17th, 2010
11:25 am

@ USinUK Yes Alex, I will take “People who are full of hot air” for $100.

BMDPD

March 17th, 2010
11:25 am

USinUK, Jay is just a warm up act for Bozo himself.