ThinkProgress has compiled a list of conservative figures who have chosen to ardently defend Representative Todd Akin’s legitimate rape comments, and while you can expect to see the usual suspects from the Family Research Council and the American Family Association on the list, it also includes media figures who work for CNN.
Erick Erickson. The RedState honcho and CNN contributor excused Akin’s scientifically illiterate remarks as simply “inarticulate” and then accused President Obama of being pro-infanticide, saying: “the people horrid by Todd Akin’s remarks are, I’m sure, thrilled to have a President who defended infanticide. I’ll take Todd Akin’s inarticulate remarks over an infanticide supporter any day of the week.” Somewhat ironically, Erickson is now claiming that Akin will withdraw from the race.
Chris and Dana Loesch. The conservative commentary power couple both lept to Akin’s defense. Chris claimed that “what [Akin] said was medically correct” while Dana wrote that Akin’s comments were less bad than his opponent Claire McCaskill’s record by “any real standard of measurement.”
CNN contributor Erick Erickson says the president supports infanticide, but if calling someone a “goat fucking child molester” won’t prevent him from being hired by CNN, I doubt this will prompt his dismissal. Loesch, meanwhile, is attacking fellow Republicans for asking Akin to step down.
There are those who have been fired from CNN for saying more benign things, but they wouldn’t want to appear biased at a time like this, would they?
CNN’s spectacularly bad vetting and hiring process is why their ratings are in the 20-year-low toilet.