Ultraviolet Group Petition for CNN to Fire Erickson
Michelle Obama's speech last night at the Democratic National Convention was amazing. So were fair pay champion Lilly Ledbetter's and Iraq war hero Tammy Duckworth's. All of these women spoke powerfully about the need for pay equity, the importance of health care reform, and reproductive freedom for women.
And CNN contributor Erick Erickson's reaction to all these inspiring women? He tweeted: "First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected."
Seriously? He hears powerful, eloquent women talking about crucial issues and that's his reaction? Perhaps it shouldn't be that surprising, given his history of insulting women. Earlier this year, he defended Rush Limbaugh's attacks on Sandra Fluke, saying "her testimony before congress that American taxpayers should subsidize the sexual habits of Georgetown Law School students because, God forbid, they should stop having sex if they cannot afford the pills themselves."
Erick Erickson is paid by CNN to offer conservative viewpoints--but he repeatedly offers sexist and offensive commentary. Enough is enough: CNN must fire him right away.
Sign the petition today.
Erickson's Apology, which also seems to be deleted now, via Slate
"Sorry you were offended" is well-known code for "I stand by every word, but am sorry that not everyone agrees with me." Which is appropriate in some cases, such as when what you said makes sense, but in this particular case a more thorough apology is called for. "Sorry that I think my audience is stupid enough not to notice that my objection to letting women speak didn't extend to the RNC, which featured many female speakers," would be a good start. "Sorry that I need to believe half the human race has nothing of value to add in order to feel good about myself," is another, more appropriate apology.
~ Amanda Marcotte on Slate
Among his numerous past inflammatory statements, Erickson launched a series of sexist attacks on feminists during the 2010 Super Bowl.
That year, a TV ad featuring quarterback Tim Tebow had been rumored to contain an anti-abortion rights message. When the ad aired and was not as pointed as expected, Erickson tweeted, "That's what the feminazis were enraged over? ... That's what being too ugly to get a date does to your brain" and "Ugly feminists return to their kitchens." He continued his attacks the next day.
~ Media Matters
Stoopid Stoopidson wanks again. If he ever manages to tweet without wanking, will someone please let me know so I can document it for posterity?
~ comment by Sabina B. on Media Matters
RNC convention: The Asshole Monologues....
~ comment by chillsize on Media Matters
What was your intention exactly, Erick?
~ comment by shaggles on Media Matters
According to UltraViolet, the petition obtained more than 30,000 signatures by Wednesday afternoon.
~ Huffington Post
CNN thought it best to cater to the Tea Party two years ago. They did this due their low ratings. So, they did, and look at their ratings now.
~ comment by MyGuyO on Huffington Post
CNN hits a new low, reinventing garbage on the way to the scrapheap of history.
~ comment by DrDave on Huffington Post
Will be surprised if CNN fires him. And, by the way, did anybody hear that CBS has hired Frank Luntz as a "political analyst?"
~ comment by jztherapist on Huffington Post
The question is not whether or not CNN fires Erickson. The question is why are you still watching CNN.— eclecticbrotha (@eclecticbrotha) September 5, 2012