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Wednesday NY Times: "CNN Pundit [Erickson] Draws Ire From All Sides"

Erick’s CNN gig has been old news for a few weeks now, but see this article in Wednesday’s New York Times:

CNN Pundit Draws Ire From All Sides
By SHAILA DEWAN
Published: May 11, 2010
MACON, Ga. — In his seven weeks as one of CNN’s newest contributors, Erick Erickson has made scarcely more than a dozen appearances on the network.
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What critics have not noted is that Mr. Erickson, the editor of the influential conservative blog RedState, is as hard on many Republicans and conservatives as he is on Democrats. He has accused Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, of playing the race card; suggested that RedState readers send toy balls to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, during budget negotiations; and, of late, begun exhorting Tea Party followers (he considers himself one) to move beyond protests and get involved in the nitty-gritty of precinct-level politics.

“I always think there are more people who hate me on my own side than there are on the left,” Mr. Erickson said on a recent afternoon as he went from Macon City Hall, where he serves as a councilman, to his favorite coffee shop. “Apparently the only thing that left and right agree on in America is that conservatives shouldn’t be on CNN — they should be on Fox.”

The usual suspects were mentioned (Eric Burns of Media Matters and Jane Hamscher of FireDogLake). The Souter remark was mentioned yet again. Only one person from CNN went on the record, for one line’s worth.

With about 4.5 million page views a month, according to Nielsen, RedState does not attract nearly the traffic of other right-wing blogs like MichelleMalkin.com or Hot Air. But Mr. Erickson said his site fell into a different category, one of advocacy, and he said he measured his influence by the number of Congress members who call his cellphone and the candidates who plead for his attention.

Nothing much new here, but worth a look.