The RedState guy lands a gig at CNN

CNN announced today that Erick Erickson of Macon, editor of RedState.com – who is making a name for himself as a conservative provocateur and rabble-rouser – and has joined the ranks of that network’s contributors.

Erick Erickson, conservative provocateur

Erick Erickson, conservative provocateur

The downside: Far fewer steak dinners with Sean Hannity.

This from CNN:

Erickson will appear weeknights on John King, USA, which launches Monday, March 22, as well as provide perspective and commentary to other programs across the network.

“I grew up in Dubai and then in rural Louisiana as an obsessive news junkie. CNN was the only place to go for nonstop news,” said Erickson. “Joining CNN is like coming home and being in Atlanta makes the decision right for me and my family.”

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29 comments Add your comment

Jon

March 16th, 2010
1:23 pm

Congrats to Erick. He’s deserving and should do well with CNN. I don’t agree with all of his opinions, but he’s definately more of a “common-sense” conservative than the over-the-top partisans employed by Fox.

Anonalawyer

March 16th, 2010
1:23 pm

CNN should be ashamed for hiring a blatantly partisan hack who defamed a Supreme Court justice. I’m done watching the network thanks to this hire.

wesleywhatwhat

March 16th, 2010
1:23 pm

Jon

March 16th, 2010
1:24 pm

…and, if we’re lucky, he can take the campaign against Oxendine national.

The Snark

March 16th, 2010
1:38 pm

Shame on CNN. What this country — and the media — need is fewer “provocateurs and rabble-rousers,” and more voices of reason who have the nation’s interests at heart instead of making a buck by peddling ideology-as-entertainment.

More Fareed Zakarias and fewer Glen Becks, Chris Matthews and Erick Ericsons.

It’s time to stop yelling at each other about our problems and solve them.

James

March 16th, 2010
1:46 pm

I don’t even know this guy but based on the comments so far…looks like CNN make a good decision.

Keith

March 16th, 2010
1:55 pm

Sorry Eric, Ronald Reagan could rise from the dead to appear on CNN and I wouldn’t watch. It’s Fox or nothing.

Jim

March 16th, 2010
2:24 pm

More loud mouths who offer no solutions, awesome! At least Morning Joe has a former Congressman and some balance to the program. Fox is simply pathetic, MSNBC is too partisan on the left, and CNN appears desperate with no identity whatsoever. Too many wannabes, but can’t blame this guy any more than the rest for cashing in. I’m sure he thinks he is doing something important.

Andre

March 16th, 2010
2:26 pm

Oh yea, that’s what we need more, loud-mouth redneck rabble rousers.

Sara

March 16th, 2010
2:57 pm

BPJ

March 16th, 2010
3:00 pm

Sorry to see CNN lower its standards.

Clem

March 16th, 2010
3:03 pm

Andre, you are so right!! That’s one of the problems with our society nowadays…too many rabble rousers and not enough civil discourse.

WayxDog

March 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

Went to Mercer with EE…served in Student Governement with him. Good mind and good guy. Good pick CNN! CT

Georgia Voter

March 16th, 2010
3:15 pm

Erick Erickson is now the Bob Beckel of CNN. You know, token weak conservative that they can tear apart day in day out.

Billy

March 16th, 2010
4:07 pm

Another boring loudmouth on the flat panel news channel.

UncleMilton

March 16th, 2010
4:31 pm

For anyone who scratches below the surface: it’s time to pay attention. Erickson is not a principled conservative but a media hound. His local Georgia website far from thoughtful journalism, and he has never written nor spoken free market commentary in his life. He is a spinmeister trying to propel his fortunes off a state and region that has gone in the “R” category in recent years. And he doesn’t mind tearing down individuals and ruining personal lives to do it. Have you ever seen him espouse Friedman, Adam Smith or Bastiat? Oh yeah, and he is a shill for that woman running for governor, Handel. CNN now hiring campaign hacks as commentators?

sam

March 16th, 2010
4:41 pm

There are too many hateful, demonizing ideologs out there in TV land already.
I’d like to see more common sense commentators that promote poeple working together and find common ground to solve problems. Someone that can make a point with good arguments instead of calling anybody that doesn’t agree with them idiots and morons.

JL

March 16th, 2010
4:55 pm

CNN hires a blogger … WHY?

Mrs. RepubLady

March 16th, 2010
6:07 pm

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’s expense? Wait till Liz hears about this!

jem dog

March 16th, 2010
6:44 pm

If he were bright he would have been admitted to UGA Law. What’s his LSAT score? 145?

me

March 16th, 2010
7:45 pm

he looks like a slender version of karen handel no?

GoKaren

March 16th, 2010
8:53 pm

Congratulations to Karen Handel on her CNN endorsement.

Hurst

March 16th, 2010
9:49 pm

Oh terrific, CNN hires the guy who on his Twitter account called retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat f****** child molester.” Who also claimed that the purpose of a Michelle Bachmann rally last November was “to tell Nancy Pelosi and the Congress to send Obama to a death panel”, before backtracking that to say that “Obamacare” was to be sent to a death panel. Whatever.

Oh, he called feminists (yes, he used the classic Limbaughian term feminazi), “too ugly to get a date” and to “return to their kitchens.” Yep, this is a shining star from the right wing.

And Keith is 100% correct, it doesn’t matter if CNN resurrected Reagan to team with Limbaugh for 3 hours a night, right wingers are going to watch Fox no matter what. Hasn’t CNN learned that trying to be Fox Lite isn’t going to work? No one watched Glenn Beck when he was with them.

Larry Dessem

March 17th, 2010
10:33 am

Yeah, all UGA law grads are really, really bright, and they always win in court against lawyers who went to Mercer. Really? Nice logic.

Icarus

March 17th, 2010
12:51 pm

No love for Peach Pundit Jim? I’m hurt.

Congrats to Erick. He’ll do well.

PeachyKeene

March 17th, 2010
3:00 pm

Nice to see comments posted that aren’t filtered, censored or propagandized by a Mr. Erick Erickson himself. A la Peach Pundit. Welcome to the real world Erick. Big Leagues now. No more behind the Kremlin walls of your own filter.

Jim

March 17th, 2010
3:04 pm

Icarus—

As Robert Plant might say, I ‘gotta whole lotta love’.

Joel McElhannon

March 18th, 2010
1:27 am

CNN made a very wise decision by hiring Erick. He’s a good man and will lead CNN to surpassing Fox News in the ratings race by June.

ProgressivePeach.com

March 18th, 2010
9:45 am

“It’s not news, it’s CNN. “