CNN Gets Behind Erickson’s ‘Wife’s Shotgun’ Census Crazy Talk

April 7, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Is CNN experiencing buyer’s remorse, after hiring the inflammatory RedState blogger Erick Erickson? Or is the cable network doubling down on some sort of misguided kamikaze campaign to throw its support behind Erickson, no matter what the cost to its reputation? Progressive radio host Bill Press, asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to weigh in on the violent and incendiary remarks made about U.S. Census workers, by CNN’s newest hire. Gibbs responded that Erickson’s statements are “remarkably crazy remarks.” And according to Press via his Twitter account, after the exchange, CNN executives contacted him to complain that his question was out of line and accused him of making up Erickson’s quotes. Press, outraged at CNN’s heavy-handed treatment, said he quoted Erickson “DIRECTLY.”

CNN’s new contributor, extreme right-wing blogger Erick Erickson of is known for his violent, sexist, racially charged and incendiary remarks. So, when CNN pronounced Erickson “a perfect fit” for the new show John King, USA, the cable network took ownership of the blogger’s offensive and reckless language, such as calling former Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat fucking child molester,” referring to our First Lady Michelle Obama, as a “marxist harpy wife,” referring to Obama’s Nobel Peace prize, as an “affirmative action quota” and advocating Americans to beat state lawmakers “to a bloody pulp.”

In keeping with his pattern of verbal diarrhea and violent infused language, Erickson, while railing against the Census’ American Community Survey, recently said “Pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door.” After receiving criticism for his remarks, Erickson claimed victimhood and he blamed liberals for “misconstruing” his statements. “[L]efties are coming at me, hanging on every word I say, trying to misconstrue it; claim I’m advocating violence or what have you,” whined Erickson.

Against this backdrop, Press asked Gibbs about Erickson’s comments:

PRESS: “Robert, on the Census, Erick Erickson, a commentator for CNN, a couple of days ago, he said he was not going to fill out his Census form, and if a Census worker came to the door, he said he would “pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little twerp likes being scared at the door.” So my question is, do those remarks concern the White House? And are there any –”

Now, Erickson was not speaking of the standard Census reform, but of the more detailed Census Bureau’s supplemental American Community Survey. So, OK, technically Erickson actually threatened to “pull out my wife’s shotgun” against Census workers demanding that he complete the ACS supplement. Glad we cleared that up. Otherwise, Press’ question about Erickson’s remark was spot on.

Gibbs responded: “It should concern CNN — probably first and foremost. Probably concerns his wife as well.” Erickson’s statements are “remarkably crazy remarks of somebody that would threaten somebody simply trying to ensure that they’re adequately represented in this country.” “These days, it never ceases to amaze you,” he continued. “And usually it’s only trumped by what somebody will knowingly say tomorrow about where — I think Lincoln who said better to be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

Wrote Press on Twitter: “CNN brass emailed me after I asked Gibbs about Erickson, saying I MADE UP the quotes and was out of line. Bullshit – I quoted DIRECTLY.”

Certainly, CNN must have been embarrassed by the negative attention, as they should be.

For the record, Erickson’s remarks were made on April 1 during his WMAC’s In the Morning with Erick Erickson radio program. His full remarks:

ERICKSON: “This is crazy. What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I’m not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They’re not going on my property. They can’t do that. They don’t have the legal right, and yet they’re trying.”

Since he made those violent remarks, Erickson has been constantly whining that he is under attack by the left. And on his April 2 radio show, he attacked Media Matters for reporting on his incendiary comments, saying the “left-wing kooks are out there listening now to every word I say.” He then repeated his original claim about threatening Census workers with a shotgun:

“And I said that if someone were to show up on my doorstep and try to haul me off to jail for not telling the government how often I flush my toilet, well I’m going to get my wife’s shotgun and chase them off the property. So naturally, of course, the morons on the left immediately blew up yesterday by the time I got off the air, that I’m out there – or of course now that they refer to me as CNN’s right-wing contributor Erick Erickson. Yeah. Is calling for killing Census workers.” […]

“Good Lord, people. I am not advocating the killing of Census workers,” said Erickson. He is just advocating chasing Census workers off his property with his “wife’s shotgun.” See the difference? Imagine anyone finding fault with that?

Erickson then delves into the abortion is murder argument, suggesting liberals are crazy violent people and not Erickson, because they kill babies:

“You people are nuts. Absolute nuts. Where do you get off misconstruing that I’m agitating for killing Census workers when you people are out there advocating for the killing of the unborn on a regular basis. You have no shame.”

CNN has no shame for hiring such an extremist hack. Is Erick Erickson what CNN considers the “best political team on television?”



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