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Is CNN As Sexist And Stupid As Their Employee Erick Erickson?

I just read this piece over at Media Matters and my jaw about dropped to the floor. I’ve heard people complain about this guy and have read a few things that he’s said, but I’ve never seen him other than a clip or two. I’ve also heard the calls for CNN to have a little respect and get rid of the guy. Maybe this one will get him booted, but I doubt it. From Media Matters…

While you think about that, check out current CNN contributor Erick Erickson’s “working theory on Obama in Libya“:

There is not in any way, shape, or form any rational explanation for the United States engaged in Libya to do nothing except for one I can think of — Barack Obama’s re-election.

Suddenly Obama can look Presidential again — all through manufacturing the need for American involvement where there was no need. Barack Obama wants to be re-elected. The best playbook for his re-election is that of Bill Clinton. But Clinton had a government shutdown and Kosovo. In the absence of either, Barack Obama must manufacture them.

And he has.

That is one big pile of crap he just unloaded. It’s one of those things that is so stupid, I would feel stupid even responding to it. So I won’t, everyone should be able to see it as a pile of crap, no need for my color commentary on it. But just when I thought I had seen the worst of it, I read further. The next bit puts him in a league with…well Glenn Beck comes to mind, although I don’t think even Glenn Beck would go this far, at least about women anyway. Here’s even more for you…

Here’s another Erickson theory about Libya, also from the his March 21 radio show:

ERICKSON: By the way, it’s the women’s fault. … It’s, apparently, the women in the Obama administration who have decided we needed to go to war in Libya. … This is typical. This is so typ– i’m mean, I’m going to bring my inner sexist out I’m afraid tonight, some of you are going to be very upset with me. But this is like women drivers. We’re going to war in Libya, we have no plan, we have no map, even if we have a map of war, um, it wasn’t going to get read, they were going to pull over and ask the French apparently for help, or at least make the guy pull over and ask the French for help. This is crazy.

And more:

ERICKSON: This is just silly. I mean, back-seat driving by the women, and they’re gonna get Barack Obama lost. What is it with Barack Obama caving to the women? I mean, now we know who rules his personal life. I guess Michelle is firmly in charge as well, if Barack Obama is going to cave that easy to three women in his administration over what to do with Libya.

And even more:

ERICKSON: It took the women to get him involved, and the women apparently went in without a clear plan. No shopping list.

Now if that doesn’t show a complete lack of respect for women, I don’t know what does. You would have had to scrape my mother off the ceiling if she were alive to read or hear that. My god, what in the hell is wrong with that man. If CNN doesn’t do something after that tirade, they have absolutely no respect for women either. Once again, it is so stupid that responding to it would just make me feel stupid. Feel free to go to this link and register a complaint. It is to the John King USA show, where Erickson is listed as a political commentator. As soon as I publish this post, I’m heading over there to do it.