By Larry O’Connor at Big Journalism:
The response from the left over CNN’s hiring of Erick Erickson as a political contributor has been typically over-the-top. From Salon (What was CNN Thinking?) to Huffington Post (It’s Enough to Make You Throw-up) to our pals at Media Matters for America (Erickson’s History of Violent Incendiary, Sexist and Racially Charged Commentary), the intolerance for opposing viewpoints is really a breathtaking sight to behold.
Erickson, Editor-in-chief at Redstate.com, also serves as a City Council Member in Macon, GA. His conservative viewpoint and his high-profile on one of the more well-read blogs in America, as well as his small-town perspective is what caught CNN’s eye. 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,” CNN’s political director Sam Feist said in an announcement.
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