Matt Lewis

Has S.E. Cupp changed, man? [updated with a response]

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

When it was first announced that S.E. Cupp would co-host a new show called ‘The Cycle,’ I worried that the MSNBC culture might eventually take its toll.

As I wrote,

The trouble, of course, is that Cupp has been paired with (against?) three liberals on an overtly liberal network. It’s hard enough to do that for a few minutes a few times a week as a guest. Just imagine doing it for an hour day as a co-host. There are a lot of ways this can go wrong. Do you go along to get along and be co-opted?…

In the last couple of weeks, Cupp has been quoted in the New York Times urging conservatives to “call out Rush Limbaugh“ – and has announced on MSNBC that she would pull out of a CPAC appearance (until the conference embraces gay groups).

In fairness, the CPAC news wasn’t terribly surprising. Back in 2010, for example, she told me: ”Conservatism and gay rights are actually natural allies.”

On the other hand, some observers wonder why she is just now getting around to boycotting CPAC over this issue:

The comments on Breitbart.com went like this:

Exit question: If she worked full-time at a conservative outlet (TV or whatever), would she make the same decisions?

*** UPDATE: S.E. Cupp emails: “I am a full time employee at Glenn [Beck's] Mercury Radio Arts. So I think your exit question has been answered, yes?”