MEANWHILE ON TWITTER  1:13 pm April 7, 2010

CNN Wingnuts Furious At Bill Press

by Jim Newell

Old liberal person Bill Press yesterday asked Robert Gibbs about “CNN’s” Erick Erickson, who would love to threaten census workers with guns. This gave Robert Gibbs an opportunity to rip the dickens out of Erick Erickson and wingnuts, and since CNN MUST NEVER APPEAR too far to either side of the debate, they have now smeared Bill Press. [Twitter, HuffPo]

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Mr Blifil April 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

For an oldz he has the Wonkett style down pretty good, except for he missed an opportunity to tie it all together with a buttseck.

SayItWithWookies April 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

CNN — we know about all kinds of stuff — just not the news. Or what the people we hire say or do or advocate. For that we go to Huffington Post.

Aquannissiwamissoo April 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I await the response from the Mickey Kaus Camp, with goats.

Lascauxcaveman April 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Do not press him too hard. You will regret it.

Radiotherapy April 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

For sure, Bill Press was counterfeited.

ManchuCandidate April 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Hiring Ewick Son of Ewick is just a sign CNN’s alleged “brain” trust is major league retarded but apparently, now with the fun of douchebaggery and denial thrown into the mix.

steverino247 April 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Bill Press is ok. My wife and I worked our butts off to get him elected to the CA Democratic Party Chair job. He’s got balls as his calling bullshit on CNN clearly shows.

Gorillionaire April 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm

CNN has become the meddling ex-girlfriend of television.

Aquannissiwamissoo April 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm

It takes brass balls to sell CNN real estate.

gurukalehuru April 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Robert Gibbs is totally cool. He’s like a white Barack Obama.

trondant April 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Somewhere Ted Turner is quietly weeping into his Cutty Sark, again.

Serolf Divad April 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm

You lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. Lately, though, CNN has been lying down directly in a big pile of fleas.

WadISay April 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Tonight on CNN: Is this light bulb is on? For the affirmative, Ms. Helen Keller; for the negative, Mr. Ray Charles. Each will snort crack, drink a bottle of cheap whiskey and have a cattle prod shoved up their respective asses. Let the quest for truth begin.

Oldskool April 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Poor Erik, CNN’s version of Micheal Savage.

Doglessliberal April 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

[re=550446]gurukalehuru[/re]: I do love to watch him in high dudgeon. Plus, he actually seems to 1) be human 2) be intelligent and 3) have a sense of humor, three things prior press secretaries have lacked.

Troubledog April 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

[re=550443]Aquannissiwamissoo[/re]: You see these stories? These are the real news stories. To you they are gold. And you don’t get them. Handing them to you would be throwing them away. Real news stories are for closers only.

4tehlulz April 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm

[re=550448]Serolf Divad[/re]: Does that mean CNN will wake up with dogs? Noted dog expert Michael Vick will discuss this tonight on Larry King Live.

Doglessliberal April 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Troubledog April 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Also, retro kudos for the Wonketteer who posted “Someone should hand Erick Erickson’s parents a baby names book” a couple weeks back.

mumblyjoe April 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Dear Wonkette,

I noticed an error in your publication, dated April 7, 2010, “CNN Wingnuts Furious At Bill Press”. In this article, you claimed that Robert Gibbs “[ripped] the dickens out of Erick Erickson[...]“. This is strictly impossible, as it is a well-documented fact that Erickkk son of Erickkk is not possessed of a dickens, to have ripped out, off, or otherwise.

I look foward to a correction in your next issue.


A concerned reader.

Escape Goat Nation April 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Saturday afternoon: Drooler attends a Tea Party (That original taxation without representation revolt thingy)

Monday afternoon: Census taker (Government worker) knocks on drooler’s door. Wants to know how many people reside in that there trailer. Drooler responds,”Git offa mah property! It’s nunya bizness! Threatens census worker with a gun.”

Next Saturday afternoon: Drooler once again at another Tea Party in neighboring state. “The Govuhmunt doesn’t care about me! TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION! Govuhmunt hands offa muh guns!”

Texan Bulldoggette April 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Not as good as the segment yesterday that has the DailyKOS tin foilers up in arms: ‘should teh gayz be cured or killed? We report-you decide.’

GOPCrusher April 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

[re=550465]Escape Goat Nation[/re]: Needz moar tobacco juice.

RoscoePColtraine April 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

This might be good news for David Shuster.

Mr Blifil April 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm

[re=550439]ManchuCandidate[/re]: This is evidence that, anecdotal stories notwithstanding, an actual literal goat may actually literally have been blown. Someone somewhere knows something that someone would rather not be known. Like who blew a goat. When CNN executives are going into attack mode asserting direct quotes are “made up,” the smell of goat siemens is in the air. Plus I’m guessing whoever is above the executive who contacted Press is still totally unaware as to who Erick Erickson even is, the fact that this higher executive signs Erik’s checks notwithstanding.

Norbert April 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

[re=550451]WadISay[/re]: Amusing comment!

JMP April 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

It’s refreshing to see a CNN comentator with actual balls, willing to call bullshit not just on politicians or other media figures but his own network.

So the countdown to Bill Press’ firing begins now.

Snarkalicious April 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

When you go after Bill Press for taking pot shots at Twizzy McFucklestickson, you have made your future loyalties clear. That is all.

freakishlystrong April 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

[re=550465]Escape Goat Nation[/re]: That’s perfect. Except for the part in between teatamntrums.

CNN/Fox/Erikk the Erikkson blame Democrats for tea party patriot threatening census taker with gun.

Capitol Hillbilly April 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

This never would have happened if Ted Turner were still alive.

norbizness April 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm

In the words of the Roots, Your head’s bobbin’ and Bill Press ain’t said shit yet.

norbizness April 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

P.S. The corporate getaway for the CNN brass at some all-white Georgia country club will be catered by Bowls and Bowls of Dicks and Dicks, Inc.

Katydid April 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

So on his Web site, Press wrote a short blog demanding that Erickson be fired and arrested.

Ducksworthy April 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

[re=550456]Doglessliberal[/re]: To be fair to his recent predecessors, it’s not easy to stand there an just flat lie to the Murrikan people. Just ask poor Scotty McClelland.

geminisunmars April 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm

CNN is now the new faux Faux News

queeraselvis v 2.0 April 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

[re=550486]Katydid[/re]: And, predictably, respondents immediately jumped to Widdle Ewick’s defense with such lovely bon mots as “You should at least thank Erick for bringing to light your existence, given that you have probably had more web traffic from mentioning his name than from your pathetic leftist rants.”

Jeez, RedStaters, so TOUCHY!

Naked Bunny with a Whip April 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm

You know, Walter Cronkite never used swear words in his tweets.

carlgt1 April 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

wait a minute, I thought CNN was the paragon of the left-wing liberal media?

Way Cool Larry April 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Frankly I have totally boycotted CNN for years, seeing how they covered up Bush’s crimes, war crimes, etc and had Glenn Beck on for several hours a day on Headline news…. they are a criminal enterprise as much as FoxNews, and hiring Erickson is no shock

Naked Bunny with a Whip April 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

@queeraselvis: Gotta love how wingnuts can’t distinguish popularity from accuracy.

Serolf Divad April 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm


Larry King? Hasn’t CNN given him his own show yet?

JMP April 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

[re=550486]Katydid[/re]: I almost felt like responding to those guys, but thought better of it.

And since when was teabagger an anti-gay slur? Now this joins the teabagger’s ignoring the fact that they themselves made up the word in their world of shit they just made up.

ella April 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I know wingnuts don’t watch MSNBC and therefore didn’t see Ed yesterday, but haven’t they even heard about it??? They’d have invited Bill Press to their next tea party. Or coffee hour. If they had.

GOPCrusher April 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

[re=550497]carlgt1[/re]: Me too. All through the Bushyt Misadministration, I thought CNN either stood for Clinton News Network or Communist News Network. They seemed to be interchangable.

Jim89048 April 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

[re=550539]ella[/re]: I can’t count how many times I asked Ed to quit bringing on Heidi Harris, but he wouldn’t listen. I had to banhammer him.

the problem child April 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

[re=550520]JMP[/re]: How odd… I was just observing that as well. It just strikes me as projection.

comicbookguy April 7, 2010 at 3:15 pm

How does CNN feel about Erick Son of Erick’s view that war correspondents should be shot from helicopters?

Simba B April 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Isn’t it weird how that phrase, “out of line”, appears whenever someone inadvertently threatens someone else who has power and is doing things they don’t feel right about doing.

Anyway, who the fuck are CNN people to be telling him jack shit? According to Wiki he doesn’t work for them (anymore).

Bearbloke April 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm



Wat My personel frend Erick Son Off Erick reelly sayed was he woud “pull out my wife’s Punishing Dildo Mallet and see how that little ACS twerp likes to scar My Tattered Body at the door.”


Maus April 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Must be gearing up for their new catchphrase- “CNN: Reasonable and Impartial”.

Maus April 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm

[re=550599]Simba B[/re]: “Isn’t it weird how that phrase, “out of line”, appears whenever someone inadvertently threatens someone else who has power and is doing things they don’t feel right about doing.”

You’re a loose cannon, journalist! You’re OFF THE CASE.

One Flew Over the Wingnut April 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

[re=550456]Doglessliberal[/re]: In fairness it was hard for Scott McClellan to display a sense of humor with the constant “deer in the headlights” looks he had on his face after being asked questions about his lying fucking retarded boss(es). Still, Gibby does seem to approach wingnuts with sarcasm and snark which is the only way to deal with these poop-tossing inbreded children; he learned this technique growing up in Alabama and driving through the Ozarks where the Alpha Wingnuts live.

One Flew Over the Wingnut April 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

How long do you think it will last before CNN REALLY begins to regret hiring Erik son of Erik? (doesn’t that translate to son of a bitch?) especially when they have the wreckage of MSNBC’s moronic decision to hire Weiner savage as a guide for what occurs when you hire wingnuts to do commentary. I say he lasts two months at most then he’s off to FOX to co-host Sarah Palin’s “Phony American Stories” so she can get back to her real agenda: enriching her snowbilly ass off of anyone dumb enough to book her.

JMP April 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm

[re=550644]One Flew Over the Wingnut[/re]: Hell, they don’t even need to look at MSNBC; their own experiences with Beck and Dobbs should have taught CNN that lesson (well, Dobbs was only semi-crazy at first; it took a black President for him to go full retard).

Lionel Hutz Esq. April 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

In defense of CNN’s Brass, it is hard to believe that Erick, son of Erick ever said anything worth quoting with a straight face.

Aurelio April 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Smearing Bill Press is a positive good. He represents everything loathesome and disgusting about whiny liberals. Don’t get me wrong. I despise conservatives as well. And I am tired of picking my poison. Also.

Aurelio April 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

[re=550495]Naked Bunny with a Whip[/re]:
You know, Walter Cronkite never used swear words in his tweets.
Yes, but that’s only vacuously true, inasmuch as there weren’t any…blah blah.

assistant/atlas April 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm

[re=550520]JMP[/re]: It’s so nice that teabaggers are no longer screaming ‘faggot’ at Barney Frank and are now very concerned about anti-gay slurs. Should we just start calling them cockgoblin crackers, then?

ttommyunger April 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Only a closeted Southern goobersmoocher (yes, Erick,YOU) would have to mention using “his wife’s shotgun” to run off them rascally census workers. These lame-ass pussyfarts never cease to surprise me, and believe me, I’ve seen EVERYFUCKINGTHING twice. Also, the eternally breathless Bill Press would be a lot easier to take if he would lose that lisp (Petraeus, too). Oh fuckitall, I’m losing it. You know which bobble-head has been sounding good to me lately? David Fucking Frumm! I’m through the looking glass here.

artpepper April 7, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Dear CNN: You can be a news organization, or you can be FOX. You cannot be both.

P.S. Fuck off.

Mr Blifil April 8, 2010 at 1:32 am

[re=550644]One Flew Over the Wingnut[/re]: I’d say they missed the memo on Rush’s performance on ESPN. They aren’t going to be prepared for Erik the Red. Though as we’ve noted upthread, someone is definitely in deep shit if Erik is forced to resign in ignominy, so they are going to be pushing back hilariously hard for the foreseeable future.

ms_mcgee April 8, 2010 at 2:52 am

This is CNN to a tee. They should consider adopting the slogan too – CNN: Providing News on Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere –,16928/

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