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  •  Oh, also, I didn't mean to imply that you (24+ / 0-)

    should write to CNN rather than post here (though I hope that you will), I just meant that we should all write in addition to posting here, and your post seemed as good a one as any to make that point.

    So, here was my letter (which took almost no time at all):

    I am appalled to hear that you will be hiring Mr. Eric Erickson as a commentator. I understand the value of diverse political viewpoints, but is CNN even aware of the extreme and deplorable manner in which Mr. Erickson expresses his right-wing ideology? If not, please note these examples, and decide whether Mr. Erickson embodies the best qualities of the best kind of commentator: one who can weigh, balance, and analyze facts, rather than one who uses his platform to urge violence and to soil public discourse with the most vile and
    reprehensible insults that he can muster. Mr.
    Erickson:
    Has defended the notion that president Obama is a racist,
    Calls the first lady, Michelle Obama, a harpy.
    Said that former SCOTUS Justice Souter molests children and has sexual relations with goats.
    Implied that beating a politician "to a pulp" would be a normal reaction to disagreeing with that official.
    Mentioned that a Michelle Bachmann political rally was to urge Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to send president Obama to a death panel.
    Said that president Obama won the Nobel Peace prize due to affirmative action.

    Are you certain that this is the kind of commentator on which CNN should rely for well reasoned discourse that is in the best interest of your viewing public? I disagree, and I believe that most thinking people, and most viewers will disagree.

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