Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState.com and no stranger to controversy, is clearly fed up with the mainstream media’s fawning coverage of President Barack Obama and his White House.
“You guys in the press who are reading this right now can be such shameless whores,” he began in a Wednesday post entitled “Impeach the President,” launching into a fiery tirade decrying the press’ undeniable double standard when covering presidential scandals and abuses of power.
“I generally try to hold to the standard these days that if I wouldn’t be outraged by George Chimpy McBushhitler Halliburton and Darth Cheney doing something, I shouldn’t be outraged by President Obama,” he claims. “And if I’d be outraged by Bush, I should be outraged by Obama.”
“But you journalists have such erections for everything Barack Obama does,” he continued, “you can’t even summon outrage to report fairly on the latest b.s. from the administration over Obamacare. Is it any wonder so many people have stopped trusting you?”
Erickson seems particularly incensed by two recent events: the Obama administration’s further delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate — a move some call unconstitutional — and the press corps’ swooning coverage of the White House’s swanky state dinner for French President Francois Hollande.
The blogger and commentator noted that if former president George W. Bush had pulled a similar stunt with his signature legislation, the media would’ve had a field day.
“Dan Rather would be marching on the White House with a pitch fork,” he charged. “Tom Browkaw would be calling for his head on a platter. Andrea Mitchell of that anti-Bush site would be calling for his impeachment . . . you know damn well the story wouldn’t be done in passing, but would be wall to wall coverage with your legal analysts, economists, and sour faced anchors all tut-tutting for several days.”
“But now,” he later added, “you’d rather have cocktails (pun absolutely intended for a good portion of you ‘journalists’) with the President, jealously size up the competition in the First Lady, and wish you too could be a mistress when you see France’s President and whoever the gal of the week is for him.”
“Half of MSNBC still wants to have his baby and the women over there just want to be his mistress,” he exclaimed. “Hell, France’s president has one.”
“No, we don’t need to impeach the President,” he concluded (perhaps undercutting the title of his post a bit). “But God help me I’d at least think the media might want to pretend to hold him accountable. It really is disgraceful.”
Many commentators — including conservatives like Fox News’ Megyn Kelly — have in the past blasted Erickson for remarks perceived to be sexist or inappropriate.
Expect an angry reply by Fox News’ Greta van Susteren on this soon.
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