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Erikson on fashion

“Rep. John Conyers [D-Mich.] is on “The Ed Show” wearing a tux jacket with satin lapels…so bizarre.”
-’s Erik Erikson, who is also a CNN Contributor, on Twitter Wednesday.

Outrage for Shales

“It’s not like he goes easy on guys; the man is a misanthrope. But it’s the way he goes after women that’s offensive, and I don’t understand why it’s tolerated.”
- Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Tuesday Facebook quote regarding WaPo‘s Tom Shales‘s review of ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour.

Journo weighs math on Levi & Bristol

“I’m aware that Bristol and Levi broke up. I’m not putting it in @yeasandnays because, by the time the paper prints, they’ll be back together.” – Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab on Twitter Tuesday.


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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote(s) of the Day


Journo’s brain ‘melting’ from noise

“Brain is melting out my ears due to heavy construction going on in the @TBDDC newsroom. I might need a field trip.”
TBD‘s Social Media Producer Mandy Jenkins in a Tuesday tweet.

Scribe finds humor in candidate’s loss

“Am I the only one who thinks it somewhat humorous that Strom Thurmond’s son got beaten by a black conservative Republican?”‘s Erik Erikson in a Tuesday tweet about the House South Carolina race in which Tim Scott, who is black, won and Paul Thurmond (son of Strom) who lost.

Meghan McCain: ‘I’m taboo’

“I get more conservative everyday, but because I want my gay friends to have the ability to marry, I am taboo to a lot of people.” –Meghan McCain, Daily Beast columnist and daughter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a Tuesday tweet.

Gregory at one with summer

“852p and not totally dark. I love summer solstice.”
–NBC MTP Host David Gregory in a June 21 tweet.


Henry Comes to Defense of CNN’s Erickson Choice

henry.ed.jpg Feathers are getting ruffled over the new choice of’s editor Erick Erikson as a new contributor to CNN. Erikson is scheduled to contribute to John King’s new evening program, “John King, USA.”

Last night White House correspondent Ed Henry went to bat for his network, defending its choice in a variety of heated exchanges over Twitter. Henry didn’t defend Erickson necessarily — but he defended the network’s choice of bringing in a commentator with conservative views.

A sampling of Henry’s tweets:

“For those Tweeting CNN shouldn’t have hired @ewerickson as a contributor, seriously do you think a network should NOT have diverse voices?”

“I mean, you may not agree with Erick Erickson; other viewers don’t agree with Carville, Begala. isn’t that what a conversation is all about?”

“I’m just using Carville and Begala as examples of our lefty contributors. I’m sorry you do not believe in diversity.”

“Of course journalism is about facts, but smart analysis and reasonable debate should be part of the conversation too.”

A warning about Erikson:
“We strive to be tasteful in our coverage every single day; and i respectfully submit if Erickson is not tasteful it will backfire.”

“If ANYone spews bigotry on CNN i will be first to call it for what it is. that goes for Erick or anyone else at our network.”

“Here here, I want civility too. that is what CNN is all about. If Erick does not fit into that, you can bet it will be called out.”

Henry’s own reporting philosophy:
“I am not responsible for the commentary of Erickson or Carville. i know i’m tasteful in my coverage and expect colleagues to be too.”

“Also keep in mind, I do not personally choose our contributors on left or right. above my pay grade.”

Funniest tweets:
“I’m sorry, now you think i’m a member of Tea Party? come on, stick to facts.”

“I’m not defending the ‘goat’ quote you speak of. i’ll let Erick explain his comments. what i am saying is CNN listens to all sides.”

As reported by the Washington Examiner, Erickson had this to say over all the controversy about him moving to CNN: “[It was] what I expected: everyone on the left is appalled and everybody on the right seems very happy,” the conservative blogger said.

CNN Spokeswoman Edie Emery told FishbowlDC: “Erick is one of the many voices that you’ll hear on CNN. We believe viewers are smart enough to appreciate hearing all points of view.”