Very liberal James Carville and sensible Republican Mary Matalin, the original “he said, she said” political couple, are no longer commentators for CNN, as of Tuesday. The network and the couple cite their distance from Washington as the biggest driver here. The pair lives in New Orleans; CNN wished they lived on Capitol Hill.
Erick Erickson is something else again. The founder of the conservative blog RedState.com joined the network in 2010 with much ado, a symbol that CNN hoped to attract a wider audience and perhaps draw the attention of Fox News loyalists. Easier said then done. Mr. Erickson is also departing CNN. He is bound for Fox.
“For all those liberals who lost money thinking Keith Olbermann would outlast me at Current TV, well, sorry,” Mr. Erickson says.
“Me at CNN was not an easy fit. The first month was tumultuous with several tumultuous times throughout. I liked to think of myself as job security for the public relations department. About the only thing the far right and far left could agree on was that I did not belong at CNN,” he continues.
“For three years I have received unmitigated hate and loathing from the left and, ironically, from a lot of folks on the right. Frankly, I’d like to thank some significant people responsible for my time at CNN, but they know who they are, and it’d just generate hate mail for them so I better not,” Mr. Erickson notes.
“For some reason saying something negative about the GOP was fine here at RedState, but saying the same damn thing on CNN brought in a flurry of emails from conservatives accusing me of selling out. Funny how that works,” he says.