Fresh from his stellar (not!) performance at NBC where he continually pushed liberal causes, Jeff Zucker has taken the helm at CNN. This week he went through the network with an axe, getting rid of people. One of the ones who was ousted was Erick Erickson of Redstate.com.
Erickson was one of a few conservatives or Republicans who had any positioning at all at CNN. This morning I looked at his website to see what he said about being dumped.
I was not going to say anything, but rather just fade away. I suppose though with rumors and reports I should say something.
My voicemail and inbox are, as I type, filling up. I have turned my phone off as the only way to get it to stop ringing.
Yes, I can confirm I am leaving CNN. It was a very, very difficult decision. I appreciate their willingness to keep me on, but my wife and I decided it was time to move on.
When I told my 7 year old I had decided to leave, she laid on the sofa for an hour crying that she’d never see Anderson Cooper again. She’s never actually met Anderson Cooper. But I have and I’ll miss him and his team and I’ll miss Wolf and his team, and all the other terrific people I’ve worked with these last three years. I deeply regret never working up the courage to pull on Wolf’s beard.
According to him, it was his decision. Hmm.
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.
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 (1) they know who they are and (2) it’d just generate hate mail for them so I better not.
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.
Well, there is such a thing as discussing issues within your family vs. airing dirty linen on national TV.
Let me set the record straight in a way I could not were I still under contract because of how self-serving it would sound.
For three years I have worked with some of the greatest people I have ever had the joy of meeting. It has been a privilege to sit in a green room and hear Paul Begala or James Carville or Donna Brazile or Hillary Rosen or David Gergen or Alex Castellanos or Ari Fleischer or Mary Matalin or Gloria Borger or so many others tell stories about their days in the White House or on the campaign trail or covering the politicians who’ve governed the country these last few decades.
I’ve learned I can be on television for twenty-six straight hours and still make relative sense.
I’ve learned that some of the people I grew up thinking were in the enemy’s camp, so to speak, are spectacular people who share many of the same interests and opinions I do.
I’ve learned that family is more than just my wife and kids and our siblings and parents, but includes a host of people who, every time I’m in the room with them, we hug and eat and talk about stuff other than politics. And they always have a place at my kitchen table and a bed to sleep in if ever they are in Macon.
Perhaps there is too much of a loyalist in me, but I fail to see how you can relate to people who want to steal your freedom, enslave your children to their system and push a tyrant on 300 million plus people. Funny, how that works.
Funny, too, coming from him. Erickson has always been one to insist on orthodoxy in the GOP. He is one of the first to slam our legislators and candidates. This morning he is rejecting Marco Rubio and his immigration plan. He hit Bush hard in his two terms and during the primaries was pretty obnoxious. Why then, is it OK to be broadminded with liberals, but hard core with conservatives? I guess it’s different on TV.
Because of CNN I’m not just better at my job, but I’m a better person. For all the hate and angst from a lot of folks on the right over me going to CNN, I know many of the contributors I consider good friends were initially skeptical of my hiring. I had to learn an art form too often missing these days in partisan talk — the art of conversation, particularly with those who might disagree with me. I had to learn to be friends with people who I disagreed with. And I leave deeply caring for those people…
I am forever grateful to them for giving me a chance and have many, many fond memories and friends.
To my friends at CNN, good luck and God bless.
Effective today I am a Fox News contributor.
I will watch him on Fox and I will continue to look at Redstate. We will see how he does.